Pa Paandi

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Pa Pandi
Pa Paandi poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDhanush
Produced byDhanush
Written byDhanush
Subramaniam Siva
StarringRajkiran
Revathi
Prasanna
Chaya Singh
Music bySean Roldan
CinematographyVelraj
Edited byPrasanna GK
Production
company
Distributed byK Productions
Release date
  • 14 April 2017 (2017-04-14)
Running time
125 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Pa Paandi (also known by its former title Power Paandi) is a 2017 Indian Tamil-language comedy-drama film produced, written and directed by Dhanush in his directorial debut. The film features Rajkiran in the title role, while Revathi, Prasanna and Chaya Singh play pivotal roles. The venture began production in September 2016 and was released in April 2017 to positive reviews.

This movie was remade in Kannada as Ambi Ning Vayassaytho, which features Veteran actor Ambareesh and Sudeep as lead role.

Plot[edit]

Power Paandi (Rajkiran), an ex-stuntmaster in Tamil cinema, is now leading a retired life with his son Raghavan (Prasanna) and family. Paandi is very close to his grandchildren Dhruv (Master Raghavan) and Shaksha (Baby Chavi). Paandi could not sit idle at home and gets involved in other issues outside his house, which brings trouble to Raghavan. He also tries to keep him occupied by going for some part-time jobs like a gym instructor, a sidekick, and cinema stuntman, but nothing fulfills him. This brings friction between Paandi and Raghavan.

Paandi goes out of his house with his old bullet and final day savings. On his way, he sees a bunch of old people riding their bike like him and narrates his first love experience with them. He shares about how he (Dhanush as young Paandi) met Poonthendral (Madonna Sebastian) for the first time, how they fell in love, and how they were separated. He tells them that he is on a journey to find Poonthendral again. An old man in that group helps Paandi locate Poonthendral. Paandi messages Poonthendral, who has now settled in Hyderabad, as he was in her place and was eager to meet her again.

Finally, Poonthendral (Revathi) agrees to meet him in a restaurant, and both of them meet, remembering all the by-gone days. They post their meet on social media and express happiness for each other's life. Paandi proposes to Poonthendral to live the rest of their life together. Poonthendral, who was initially reluctant at his decision, later convinces herself about his companionship and asks him to come to her house the next day for a lunch and to meet her family (her daughter and granddaughter).

Back at Chennai, Raghavan realizes his mistake and start searching for his father everywhere. Dhruv locates Paandi using social media and finally comes to Poonthendral's house at Hyderabad to take Paandi back with them. When Paandi comes to Poonthendral's house for lunch, he gets reunited with Raghavan's family. Poonthendral and Paandi realise that their life has to go this way and decide to be in touch with each other for the rest of their lives. With much emotional bursts, Paandi leaves Poonthendral's house with Raghavan, waving his hands in air without seeing her, to which she responds.

Cast[edit]

Guest appearances:

Soundtrack[edit]

Power Paandi
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMarch 9, 2017
Recorded2017
GenreSoundtrack
Length21:07
LabelDivo
ProducerSean Roldan
Sean Roldan chronology
Joker
(2016)
Power Paandi
(2017)
Neruppu Da
(2017)

The Soundtrack and score were composed by Sean Roldan released on 9 March 2017.[1] The lyrics were penned by Dhanush and directors Selvaraghavan and Raju Murugan.[2]

Track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Vaanam
(The Life of Power Paandi)"
SelvaraghavanAnanthu & Chorus4:27
2."Soorakaathu
(The Mass of Power Paandi)"
DhanushDhanush & Chorus2:53
3."Paarthen
(The Youth of Power Paandi)"
SelvaraghavanSean Roldan, Shweta Mohan3:03
4."Veesum Kaathodadhaan
(Power Paandi: The Nomad)"
Raju MuruganSean Roldan, Anthony Daasan2:58
5."Venpani Malarae
(The Romance of Power Paandi)"
DhanushSean Roldan3:53
6."Venpani Malarae
(The Romance of Power Paandi)"
DhanushShweta Mohan3:53
7."Venpani Malarae
(The Romance of Power Pandi)"
DhanushDhanush 
Total length:21:07

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In September 2016, Wunderbar Films made an announcement that Dhanush would immediately begin work on his first directorial venture featuring Rajkiran in the lead role Titled Power Paandi, a first look poster featuring the actor was released to the media, while Sean Roldan and Velraj joined the project as its music director and cinematographer respectively.[3] Sean Roldan is the soul of Power Pandi, says the director.[4] Actresses Revathi and Chaya Singh agreed to work on the film, while actor Prasanna was signed to portray Rajkiran's son.[5]

The film began production on the day of its public announcement.[6][7] In April 2017, the title was changed from Power Paandi to Pa Paandi to seek tax exemption.[8]

Reception[edit]

CurrentlyGlobally.com gave the movie 3 stars and mentioned "Just watch this perfect positive summer movie with family - for the great thought, Raj Kiran, and Revathi, in the same order".[9] The satellite rights of the film were bagged by STAR Vijay.

The film was remade in Kannada as Ambi Ning Vayassaytho starring Ambarish in the titular role and produced by actor Sudeep.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sean Roldan (9 March 2017). "Power Paandi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  2. ^ Power Paandi - Official Jukebox - Rajkiran - Dhanush - Sean Roldan (video). YouTube (in Tamil). Wunderbar Studios. 9 March 2017. Event occurs at 0:01. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Dhanush turns director; first look of his Power Paandi released". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  4. ^ ""Sean Roldan is the soul of Power Pandi" – Dhanush". Top 10 Cinema. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  5. ^ "`Power Paandi`-Dhanush turns director!". Sify. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Dhanush directorial debut Power Pandi starring Raj Kiran Prasanna Sean Roldan Music". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Power Paandi: Dhanush turns director, unveils the first look poster". India Today. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Power Paandi: Dhanush's film loses its powerful title. Here's why". 3 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Pa Paandi (a) Power Paandi Movie Review | A touching journey of 62 yo Youngster | Tamil Movie Review". Currently Globally. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Ambareesh to play Raj Kiran's role in 'Pa Paandi' Kannada remake". The News Minute. 16 October 2017.

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