14 April 2010

Paiya - Review

Movies that are based on a road trip are always fun. You can either make a rollicking comedy out of them, or you can make an excellent action adventure.

Director Lingusamy does neither and makes a boat load, or rather, a car load of bullshit with his latest offering, paiya.

Karthi is an unemployed youth in search of a job, who falls for Tamannah when he sees her in a bus stop. Do people still do that ? I do not think so.

He had an earlier run in with Milind Soman when he was hunting for a job in Bombay. There are relatives for Tamannah who want to get her married off to someone else.

Both of them are now being hunted.

Milind Soman said in an earlier interview that he chose to do this film as he was enamored by the screenplay. I mean he is there in the movie for five minutes, speaks completely in Hindi, and was enamored by the screenplay ? Hello, Mr.Milind, did your brains go for a walk ? Or is it that the Hindi folks do not have any better screenplay ?

There seems to be an utter lack of any kind of chemistry between the lead pair. They seem to walking through the movie like zombies.

Just while there seems to be an attempt to move the story forward, something else comes in the way and derails it back again.

Make no mistake folks, this story has excellent potential, but has been wasted by some pathetic direction, screenplay.

If the plan was to showcase Karthi as an action hero, that falls short too, as the stunts seem too contrived.

All in all, an excellent waste of time.


Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 1:20 PM


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