Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rasu Madhuravan|
|Produced by||Hitesh Jhabak|
|Written by||Rasu Madhuravan|
|Music by||Srikanth Deva|
|Cinematography||U. K. Senthil Kumar|
|Edited by||Suresh Urs|
Nemichand Jhabak Productions
Pandi is a Tamil language family drama written and directed by Rasu Madhuravan film released in 2008. It stars Raghava Lawrence and Sneha in the lead roles. The film was released on 23 May 2008. This movie was much talked because of Sneha's glamour and it was a moderate success.
Pandi (Raghava Lawrence) does menial jobs in Dubai and saves every penny he earns and sends it to his family in Usilampatti. A flashback reveals that he was a carefree youth, who is often chided by his father Sundarapandi (Nasser). His elder brother Rajapandi (Sriman) is the blue-eyed boy of his father. However Pandi's mother Sivagami (Saranya Ponvannan) showers all her love and affection on him. Pandi comes across Bhuvana (Sneha), a cop’s daughter in the village and after a sequence of events romance blossoms between them. one afternoon Bhuvana gives all the money she has on her person to Pandi and convinces him to take her out to lunch at a restaurant. After eating his lunch, he went outside to wash his hands and saw his sister and her boyfriend having a conversation. He chases the motorbike on foot leaving Bhuvana stuck with the bill and no money, having given it all to Pandi. When Pandi eventually catches up with the boyfriend, the boyfriend tells him that they are seriously in love, and he's going to be coming over to their place with his parents to ask for her hand in marriage. Everything was going well until a couple days before the wedding was to take place. Pandi's family receives a shock, as the money they have saved up to pay for the wedding. Since Pandi is already a known trouble maker and has been to jail already, the father blames him and kicks him out of the house. This happens in front of Bhuvana, who has come to see where he has been the last few days and why he ran away at the restaurant. This incident with his father accusing him of taking the money has convinced her that he took her money the other day and ran and also just using her. In the end, it turns out, his elder brother Rajapandi has run away from the house with his lover and with the money.
A dejected father is consoled by Pandi, who borrows money from a private money-lender and completes the wedding. Meanwhile, Pandi tries to make amends with Bhuvana, but she won't hear any of it. Pandi's father, seeing the argument, went over and told Bhuvana the truth and how he misjudged his son and it wasn't him that took the money. The following day, Pandi's father went to Bhuvan's house to ask her father to fix a marriage between Pandi and Bhuvana. Bhuvana's father upon hearing this is furious. He is the local police inspector and knows all about Pandi's past. He refuses to marry his daughter to a criminal. Bhuvana Pandi later gets married.
Determined to pay back the loan and help his family overcome their financial constraint, Pandi decides to go abroad and work as conservancy staff. He manages to stabilize his family with his earnings. However, on his return, he is shocked to find his mother dead. Coming to know that it was no natural death, he decides to avenge the killers.
- Raghava Lawrence as Pandi Sundarapandi
- Sneha as Bhuvana Periyamaayan
- Namitha as Salangai
- Nassar as Sundarapandi
- Saranya Ponvannan as Sivagami Sundarapandi
- Sriman as Rajapandi Sundarapandi
- Ganja Karuppu as Thalaiathi
- Ilavarasu as Periyamaayan
- Mayilsamy as Mokkaisamy
Soundtrack was composed by Srikanth Deva and lyrics were written by Perarasu, Nandalala, Na. Muthukumar and Panchu Arunachalam. The soundtrack contains remixed version of song "Maasimaasam" from Dharma Durai (1991).
- Oorai Suthum — Senthildas
- Pattayakilappu — Naveen Madhav, Anuradha Sriram
- Aadiadangum — Senthildas, Grace Karunas
- Masimaasam Remix — Sathyan, MEgha
- Kuthu Madhippa — Suchithra, Benny Dayal
- Aatha Nee — Deva
Indiaglitz wrote "All said, 'Pandi' is a masala entertainer that keeps the audience engaged." Behindwoods wrote "With its simple story woven into the texture of the movie, Pandi proves to be an average entertainer that seems tailor-made for frontbenchers."