PISSASU MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
Baby Keerthika, Ramji, Sangeetha, Ramya
Krishnan, Ganja Karuppu.
summer treat for kids is here. It is
not quite often that film makers are
inclined to consider children as their
target audience. So, the basic premise
of having a movie that caters mostly
to children, and perhaps to the child
in every adult, in itself is different
and ought to be welcomed. But, putting
that aside and looking at the movie
objectively, this is what we have to
say about Kutty Pissasu.
Kutty Pissasu is an interesting mix of
the ‘desi’ elements that have
pervaded our cinema for many decades and
new age technology, an amalgamation of
superstition and science (not very scientific).
The basic plot of the movie is the old
reliable good vs. evil tussle. The superstitious
aspect of the movie consists of a human
sacrifice, a temperamental but benevolent
goddess, a centuries old boon, reincarnation
and revenge. The new age angle is brought
about a ‘Transformers’
style car which becomes a life-size robot every
and then to bash up the baddies and even dance to
a few tunes.
Ramki and Sangeetha play the happy middle-class couple
with a daughter who has just about started going to
school. Everything is fine in their lives until it
starts appearing that their daughter has become a
different person altogether. How could that be? Well,
there is only one way possible – when a wandering
spirit decides to enter into a body to achieve its
What does the spirit have to do so desperately? We
are told about how an innocent lady was put to death
by a gang of men blinded by superstition in order
to obtain a few magical secrets. Now, she wants to
wreak revenge through this toddler. But, it is not
going to be all that easy against scheming baddies.
So, in comes the car (‘Transformer’) to
help the small girl. And, as it turns out, even the
car is a reincarnation; that of the killed lady’s
brother, who too was a victim of the gang’s
atrocities. There is also a centuries old boon from
a goddess which protects the kid and her companion
in her quest for vengeance.
Quite obviously, the film contains a lot of make believe
and many points that require suspension of disbelief.
But, isn’t that the kind of thing that we expect
while watching a film that is directed towards children.
It is not laden heavily with emotions and twists,
just a simple good vs. evil fable and it does not
take much to guess which side wins in the end. But,
the bottom line is whether the kids will be able to
enjoy what is on offer?
The first thing that one feels after seeing the movie
is that it could have been a bit lighter and breezier
for the benefit of children. The human sacrifice,
the spirit, reincarnation and the goddess episode
add a bit of tension to the proceedings. But, in spite
of them, there is a positive feel and energy to the
film. Krithika, the girl who plays the ‘Kutty
Pissasu’ has done a commendable job. Her performance
in terms of acting doesn’t evoke great appreciation,
but she does score heavily with her dance moves in
the songs, especially Dolo Dolo.
Among others in the cast, Ganja Karuppu gets a character
role unlike the ones he has done in his career. With
very little scope for comedy, he proves that he has
the ability to pull off non-comic roles without looking
too bad. Kadhal Dhandapani gets an interesting role
as a sorcerer to which he has done justice while Ramya
Krishnan and Nasser are polished in their brief appearances.
The rest of the cast, including Riyaz Khan as the
lead villain, do their jobs to satisfaction.
Technically, Kutty Pissasu has some fine special effects
work to talk of. The fact that all the graphics were
done without any help being sought from Hollywood
or other industries augurs well for Tamil cinema.
This is proof that there is local talent that can
do a fairly good job. The dance moves of the ‘Transformer’
robot and its fight moves have been really well crafted.
But, there is the feeling that the camera work could
have been a shade better to match up to the graphics.
Songs and BGM by Deva suit the mood and feel of the
A veteran like Rama Narayanan must be thanked for
taking the effort to revive an almost forgotten genre.
The intentions are very plain and clear, to capture
the imagination of the children. Though there seems
to be a bit of old school thought (like human sacrifice
and reincarnation) which might not be readily identified
by today’s young children, there are enough
cars and colors to keep them happy and engaged.
Jolly summer outing for kids!