Suyambulingam (Kamal Hassan) is a smalltime businessman in Tirunelveli distirct. He has a beautiful family, comprising his wife (Gauthami) and daughters (Nivedha Thomas and Esther).
All is well in the family until an incident changes their lives totally. One day, Suyambulingam’s elder daughter gets photographed in the bathroom by a hidden cell phone.
The culprit is the son of top police official. He is accidentally killed by Suyambulingam’s wife and daughter when he comes to blackmail them.
Suyambulingam comes to know about the incident and he devises a way to save his family from the law. For, he will go to any extent to protect his loved ones.
Papanasam is a film that switches genres every second. It opens up as a sweet-coated family drama, gives a fleeting sense of a social chronicle before evolving, almost magically into a game of truth and lies. Director Jeetu Joseph picks the most unlikely setting and people to be hurled into this game.
Kudos to Kamal Haasan for not allowing Kamal to dominate Suyambulingam. In each and every scene, we get to see a middle-aged family man who tries his best to keep his loved ones happy.
For Gauthami, it is a welcome break and she has done well. Nivedha Thomas and Esther have added value to the movie with their performance. Kalabhavan Mani, M S Bhaskar and others too are strengths.
Ghibran, who has become a regular in Kamal’s films of late, presents a background score that is gripping. Cinematography has brought alive the lush green locales of Tirunelveli district. Editing is praiseworthy.
The film, a remake of Malayalam hit Drishyam, stand on its own merit thanks to Kamal and Jeetu Joseph. If you are game for a gripping family-thriller, your destination has to be Papanasam this weekend.