Posted in Music, Oru Pada Paadal

Oru Pada Paadal #3


This post has been written by a good Friend Gopalakrishnan Krishnasamy. In the blogger’s circle, he is known as Prabala Padhivar Gopal and he blogs at Movie Herald. You can watch out for his Movie reviews here.

Music Director in focus: Sean Roldan aka Raghavendra

Sean Roldan started as an Indie musician with his own band then Ventured into Tamil Film Industry with Vaayai Moodi Pesavum directed by Balaji Mohan. Later on, he also composed for movies like Sadhuranga Vettai, Mundasupatti, Joker and few more to his credit. Pa. Pandi put him in limelight as a musician apart from him singing for other music directors.

Pa Paandi is a drama movie written and directed by Dhanush Kasthuriraja. The movie stars Raj Kiran and Revathy in the lead along with Dhanush, Prasanna, Chaya Singh and Madonna Sebastian. The score and songs of the movie are composed by Sean Roldan. This is one of the finest albums of the composer who made waves with his indie compositions.

I chose this movie in the series majorly for one reason as the songs were aptly integrated into the movie and each song conveys a different mood. The brilliance of the composer and director is naming the song in perfect sync with the emotion and story it conveys through the same. This album came as a sea breeze at a time when the complexity of the tunes and music is highly praised. This whole album is with minimal programming and many live instruments played. The lyrics are well crafted and given importance to singing more than music. You will get a feel of listening to a retro Illayaraja album.

The Life of Power Paandi – Vaanam

As the name suggests this song is about the day to day life of our protagonist Power Paandi. This shows his happiness, his world and how he enjoys the life. The soothing composition is sung by Ananthu who is known for singing Maaya Nadhi from Kabali and is written by Selvaraghavan.

The Mass of Power Paandi – Soorakaathu

This song is a typical hero worship song which we have been seeing for a long time in Tamil Cinema but here it is rejoicing of an Old man who after a long time had a chance to stretch his muscles. This song expresses the joy of an old man who entered his forte after a long long time. The song is written and sung by Dhanush himself.

The Youth of Power Paandi – Paarthen

This is a love song showcasing the lover of younger Power Paandi. Dhanush plays the role of younger power paandi carries the role with ease. The song is crooned by Sean Roldan and Shwetha Mohan and written by Selvaraghavan. This particular song is my pick of the album.

Power Paandi – The Nomad – Veesum Kaathodadhaan

This song shows the trip of Power Paandi. The cruiser bike in a highway and guitar riffs are always better than any other love. Bikers will enjoy the picturization and the rustic voice of Sean Roldan and Anthony Dasan. The song is written by Raju Murugan.

The Romance of Power Paandi – Venpani malare

Three versions of the song are available on the album. One sung by Sean Roldan another by Shwetha Mohan. After the release of the album due to fan’s request, there is a version sung by Dhanush was released. The song was penned by Dhanush and portrays the core theme of Old age love is beautiful manner.

Happy Listening.:)

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Posted in Movie Reviews, Tamil

Power Paandi aka Pa. Paandi – Review


*May contain Spoilers*

We all have fond memories of our Grandparents and How many times have we seen them have a life apart from their grandchildren or their children? Have we ever given a thought about our retired parents who can’t sit home idle but meet their friends, go on a trip etc.,

Heck! How many times have we mocked that uncle who is in his 60’s for attending a French class? Haven’t we mocked that aunty in her 50+ who wore so much makeup? We are indoctrinated that people who have crossed their 60’s are bound to stay home and rest, they are supposed to rejoice the life they lived in an easy chair but nothing more than that. One dialogue in a movie where Paandi asks Poondhendral “naama namma pasangalayum pera kuzhandhaingalayum pathi nenaikkurom, avanga nammala pathi nenaikkuraangala?” How true those words are?

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Power Paandi exactly takes this idea and this time we have a hero who is in his 60’s. When he was forced to live inside the walls and pushed not to poke his nose. He leaves his house not to be a burden to his son (Prasanna) and daughter-in-law (Chaya Singh). Where did he go and who did he meet is the rest of the breezy movie. As Paandi we also feel like living inside a cage in the first part of the movie.

Dhanush with his directional debut chose to stay safe on the plot and screenplay. Surprisingly he did a great job as a director except that the first half of the movie have few flaws and the Screenplay was dragging. The second half took a U-turn and was on a top gear with some beautiful moments.

I couldn’t imagine any other person who could have done justice to this role apart from Rajkiran who did an exceptional job as a loving Grandpa, silent father, cheerful lover. There is a scene in the movie where he would tug under the bedsheet and wait for a response from Revathi. It brought a smile on my face because we see such habits among youngsters but not from an old man.

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When Revathi entered the Screen the whole movie got a new air. The romance was blistering through the scenes she appeared. Wish she got, even more, screen space. Sean Roldan did a fantastic job with regards to the background score. In the flashback scenes which takes place in late 70’s, he gave a slight touch of Illayaraja. Way to go Sean, Way to go.

Even though the movie had a slightly draggy first half with few flaws, the second half of the movie really makes us forget all those flaws and we also ride with Paandi along with him. Paandi’s grandchildren are adorable and the pakkathu veetu guy guarantees for some of the timing comedy portions in the movie.

It is a rarity these days to see such movies on screen and even if, we see they mostly have a depressing climax but fortunately this one doesn’t and that’s a reason this movie stands out. Dhanush scores his brownie points as a director. Don’t ignore your parent’s and they also have a life even after they are retired is the message of this movie, they also could go in search of their lost love all we need to do is let them be. Go watch this movie with your parents and I’m sure they would love it.

Happy Watching.. 🙂