DISCLAIMER – This is purely a personal opinion and may contain spoilers.
Movie Name – Pachai kili Muthucharam
Language – Tamil
Cast – R.SarathKumar, Jyotika, Andrea, Milind Soman and others
Music – Harris Jeyaraj
Cinematography – Arvind Krishna
Direction – Gautam Menon
Production – Oscar Films Pvt Ltd owned by Oscar Ravichandran
Pachai kili Muthucharam is inspired from the English movie “Derailed“.
Pachai kili Muthucharam is a typical Gautam Menon’s movie that targets “A” class audience.
Pachai kili Muthucharam was made to get Sarathkumar out of a slumping career.
These are the statements or rumours doing rounds in Chennai. Pachaikili Muthucharam is worth watching if you are a movie buff who likes incisive dialogues, beautiful cinematography, a good BGM which is synchronised so well with the screenplay. And last but not the least, one who commutes in Beach – Tambaram EMU in Chennai will love it.
Venkatesh a.k.a Venky (Sarathkumar), a pharma medical rep leads a peaceful life with Kalyani (Andrea) and his son Nanda. Their life boat starts to wobble when Nanda is diagnosed of first level diabetes. Kalyani and Venky start concentrating on his health and their personal life falls into a dry period. Venky is dejected when he hears Kalyani’s plans of practicising celibacy to concentrate more on their son’s helath. This is when Geetha (Jyotika) meets him in the Beach – Tambaram EMU which Sarath uses for commuting. Slowly a thin line of friendship develops between them. The line grows thick and Sarath starts lying to his wife. He starts going out with Jyotika. Jyotika gets all the information about Sarath and his family and tells him that she is madly in love with him. Jyotika complains about her sad life with her husband to Sarath. Sarath falls to her words and they go to a Beach resort in ECR road. Lawrence (Milind Soman) makes an entry into the film and hurts Sarath badly. He rapes Jyotika in front of Sarath and takes their money and cellphone numbers. The movie moving at a snail pace starts sprinting with Lawrence and crew demanding money from Sarath. They blackmail him that they will tell the ECR episode to Jyotika’s husband and he cannot go to the police as it will bring shame to their families. Unknowing what to do, Sarath starts giving money to Lawrence and crew and he spends Rs.8 Lakhs which he had saved for his son’s welfare. He informs Kalyani of all that happened and Kalyani ditches him by going out of the home and tells him not to search for her.
Second half has more twists and turns that adds to the suspense of the movie. Watch it at the silver screen for the suspense to unfold.
Music is by Harris Jeyaraj. As with every other Gautam Menon’s movie, this one is also a musical hit. All the numbers have come out really well. Special applause to the Camera man Arvind Krishna for the beautiful close up shots, Soft focus shots. He is at his best when showing Jyotika and Sarath in the EMU.
Un Sirippini Pon Sirippinil
This is the first song of the movie depicting the romance between Sarath and Andrea. A soft melody sung by Gautami Rao and Robby is used as a back ground bit in some parts of the movie. Lyrics is by Thaamarai. If you are a person who enjoys lyrics with music, Thamarai has gifted you with beautiful poetic lines. Ensoi Thangamani!
Unakkul Naane Urukum Iravil
This is yet another beautiful song in the movie for the violin bit and lyrics. Voice rendered by Bombay Jayashree. Bombay Jayashree renders her voice to all hit songs in Gautam Menon – Harris combination. Starting from Vaseegara (Minnalae) to Paartha Mudhal Naale (VettailYaadu Vilaiyadu) , there she is with the hit song of the movie. The picturisation of this song is not that good with Jyotika and Sarath dancing with a dozen men with black mask in the background. The violin bit in the song is used as a major part of the BGM in the movie. Over all, I will have liked it much if they did not picturise this song. It kind of makes one feel as if this song is thrusted upon them. This is the third time in Gautam’s movie after Thoodu Varumaa (Kaakha Kaakha), Neruppae sikki mukki (Vettaiyaadu Vilayaiaadu) that a song is thrusted beacuse it is hit. Gautam needs to work on this.
Karu Karu Vizhigalaal Oru Kanmei
A good fast number sung by Girish, Karthik and Naresh Iyer depicts the growing friendship between Jyotika and Sarath. A fast western type number with good Tamil lyrics. Nothing much to say about this song.
Kaadhal Konjam Kaatru Konjam Ser
The number shot when Andrea and Sarath start their life in Hyderabad. Sung by Naresh Iyer relies on heavy poetic lines. For people who wonder why this movie is named Pachaikili Muthu Charam, this song has a cue. Watch out the following verses from the song.
” Kayil vantha muthucharam sinthaamal
en ullangayin veppaththiley ottik kollumae
Ezhil konjum pachchai kili vanthaalum
en vedanthaangal vendaam vendaam enru thallumae “
Sarath, Jyotika,Milind Soman and Andrea have done their part really well. Stunts are by Stun Siva and as with every Gautam movie, the villain’s crew has the familiar faces acted in Kaakha Kaakha and Vettaiyaadu Vilayaiaadu. Stunts are not irritating with the typical Tamil cinema rope sshots and bike stunts. Sarath with his physique makes one accept him as a action hero.
Sarath has proved that he is a great actor who shows great expressions does justice to the character given. I particularly liked the scenes with Jyotika where he is hesitant and reluctant. Over all, a fine performance from Sarath. People will like him for his physique and his acting talent is going to be praised.
Andrea plays her part well and she is cute and does a bit of acting. This being her first movie (in Tamil), lip sync is a problem which can be clearly spotted in certain scenes and the first song.
Milind Soman the Indian male heart throb of more than twenty years makes his debut in Tamil as a Villian. Every other Gautam Menon’s movie has a new villain.This time it is Milind Soman who sports a stubble and his good physique adds power to the character. I suppose Gautam has dubbed for Milind.
Jyotika has matured much in acting and is beautiful. Her eyes are expressive with beautifully threaded eyebrows and the nose ring adds charm to her beauty.
Jyotika says to Sarath that her husband does not like her talking with other men.
” Why do you talk when he does not like it? “
Sarath says all that happened to him to Andrea.
” Enna pidichirukkunnu sonna! En mela payithiyamaa irukkennu sonna! Enna engayavathu kootittu po nnu sonna! “
Sarath to Andrea
” Naan senja thappukku un kitta mannippu kaekka porathu illa. Athukku mannippu kedaiyathunnu enakku theriyum! “
Over all, Pachai kili muthucharam is a good movie for people who like dialogues and a good characterisations. I liked it much. The first half moves at a slow pace (not dragging) and the second half sprints. Certain stunts could have been avoided. For people like me who commute by beach – Tambaram EMU, it gives a feeling as if I acted in the movie. Because so many scenes are shot in train. I would been there in one of those. May be I relate it much.
P.S.:- This is my view of the movie and you may or may not like it for which I am not responsible.