| Kamalhassan is back to his now-familiar routine of presenting a light, comedyf
outing after a serious venture. So its the turn of Pammal K Sambandham
to try to tickle us this Pongal after Aalavandhaan
attempted to terrorise us last Diwali. With the ever-reliable 'Crazy' Mohan
penning the dialogs, Mouli handling the camera after a long gap, and Kamal's
well-known comic timing, the movie easily achieves what it sets out to achieve
- making us laugh. Though the laughs occur only in spurts, they are hearty when
they happen and ensure another success for the Kamal-Crazy combination.
Pammal K Sambandham(Kamal) belongs to a rich family and works as a stuntman
for actors while Janaki(Simran) is a doctor. The only thing the two have in
common is that they hate words like love or marriage. But they are forced to
come in contact when Anand(Abbas), PKS' friend and Malathi(Sneha), Janaki's friend,
get married. PKS and Janaki help the two get hitched and later, provide moral
support when they get divorced. When Janaki accidentally stitches up PKS'
stomach with her watch inside, she is forced to feign love for him to attempt
to get the watch back without his knowledge. But PKS believes her and really
falls for Janaki.
It is difficult to upstage Kamalhassan in his movie but the real hero of PKS
is undoubtedly 'Crazy' Mohan. His fertile mind comes up with line after line of
fresh 'kadi' jokes, one-liners and wordplays that manage to keep us doubled up
in laughter. While just making us laugh is a success by itself, his new interpretation
of oft-used, everyday words and phrases('Insure' and 'Keep Left' to name a couple)
are genuinely clever and illustrate his comic genius. There are a few jokes(like
Kamal's misinterpretation of Simran's name for her dog) that are his trademark,
thereby making the punchline obvious before its delivered, but the majority of
the jokes in PKS sound fresh. A large portion of PKS' success
goes to 'Crazy' Mohan.
PKS makes it very obvious within a few frames that comedy is its only
intention and that logic or character development will find no place in the
proceedings. There is no background, either for the friendship between Kamal
and Abbas or the romance between Abbas and Sneha. We never learn why Kamal
chose to be a stuntman inspite of coming from a rich family and his unique
occupation seems to be just a novelty since it serves no purpose in the story.
Not much time is dwelt on the misunderstanding between Abbas and Sneha either
and these portions seems haphazardly done - as though Mouli was plain impatient
and wanted to get to the comedy portions.
PKS is unable to maintain the comic momentum throughout. The laughs occur
in spurts with patches of comic drought, some long and some short, separating them.
The scene where Abbas ignites Sneha's jealousy with another girl, the cinema
shooting scene with Kamal as Lord Siva and the scene where Kamal is taken to the
hospital are some such scenes where the laughs come fast and furious. On the other
hand, one feels that the sequences with Simran's watch(with its alarm) inside
Kamal's stomach havent been exploited enough by Crazy Mohan. The laughs are
surprisingly few during these places.
With the success of Tenali, Kamal probably thinks that
some sadness and sentiments are not out of place even in a full-length feature.
That seems to be the only reason behind the long and needless excursion into
sentiments after he learns the truth about Simran's act. His outburst at his
grandfather and the subsquent demise of the grandfather seem quite stretched out
considering the nature of the rest of the movie. Thankfully, the movie recovers
nicely with a hilariously slapstick climax. The conditions of the inspector and
Manivannan are very funny and 'Crazy' Mohan manages to extract a great deal of
mileage from the fact that 'pillai' denotes both the groom and a caste. The climax
ensures that we come out of the theater laughing and that ensures a good opinion
about the movie as a whole.
Kamal is at ease with the 'Madras' lingo and his talent for slapstick and impeccable
comic timing embellish the dialogs at several places. Simran shows a nice knack
for comedy in the scene where she tries to trap Kamal with a rope and reserves
her usual glamour for the song sequences. Abbas and Sneha dont have much to do.
Only Ramesh Khanna catches our eye among the huge cast of supporting actors.
Gadodhkaja... is the best among Deva's songs with the picturistion,
alternating between the engagement scene and foreign locations, matching the
song. Sakalakala Vallavane... and Dhindukallu... are
the other duets pleasing to the ear.