Title :PandemKodi2 CBFC Rating : U/A Run-Time : 2 Hrs 30 Mins Release Date : 18-10-2018 Banner : VFF-Lyca Cast : Vishal, Keerthy Suresh, VaruSarathKumar, RajKiran, Ramadoss, Ganja Karuppu, Hareesh Peradi and Others Music : YuvanShankarRaja Producer : Vishal DOP : ShaktiVel Direction: Linguswamy
A group decides to wipe out the opposition family when one of their members is killed. Raja Reddy (Rajkiran) assures safety and gives protection to the surviving member. Bhavani (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar) and his people are always baying for the blood. Meanwhile, Balu (Vishal) lands in the village after seven years. He falls in love with Charulatha (Keerthy Suresh). What happens, when he gets involved in the family feud and how he ends it is the basic storyline of the movie.
Vishal is terrific in the role of Balu. He plays a youngster with a powerful background excellently. There is never a moment where Vishal goes overboard. He keeps things simple and effective. In the action sequences, Vishal is sensational. He lifts the whole thing with his presence alone. There are other shades to his role as well where Vishal interacts with Keerthy Suresh and Rajkiran. Overall, it is a well-packed role that offers him to channel the commercial hero to the core.
Keerthy Suresh not only looks lovely but also performs beautifully. She gets a role that is difficult in the sense that it could go wrong, quickly, but she manages to pull it off well.
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar is the surprise package. She gets the lead antagonist role and does justice to her part. The climax could have fizzled out if not for her brave and bold act.
Rajkiran continues his role from the first part with further additions. He has done his part neatly. Other character actors like Ramadoss, Ganja Karuppu, Hareesh Peradi etc. do their jobs adequately.
Gets little slow in the second half
One of the top directors in Tamil cinema known for his commercial fares, N Linguswamy, is back after a long gap. His last film was way back in 2014. After all these years he is returning with a sequel to one of his biggest hits and loved movies, Pandem Kodi.
The sequel is not a direct one instead in the spirit although it tries to maintain continuity with a fun throwback at the first part. Pandem Kodi 2 gets into the main plot right from the start and focuses on that primarily punctuated by love story in intermediate breaks. The mix is smooth and narrative is fast-paced in the first half.
After an intriguing interval block, the second half starts decently. It goes a little slow, but the surprises are kept thrown at regular intervals. It keeps the narrative alive and never bores the audience. The action scenes further keep things riveting. The climax is neatly designed, and it ends the whole revenge plot satisfactorily.
Yuvan Shankar Raja has given terrific background score. He elevates all the fight with a pulsating bgm that is hard not to get noticed. The cinematography by KA Shaktivel is decent. It gives an authentic village flavour throughout. The editing by KL Praveen is crisp. Tagore Madhu, a man with a golden touch, has backed this project in Telugu. Once again, he is sure to strike gold as the masses are going to love all the action. It showed how well Tagore Madhu is keeping pace with the latest trends and never fails in getting the right product.
Bottom line: Double Action Bonanza