Pathinettam Padi Review: half-baked yet visually enticing
The randomness one can sense in the new movie Pathinettam Padi, directed by Shankar Ramakrishnan is its major disadvantage. Within its huge runtime of roughly two hours and forty minutes, it is trying to address multiple issues in the education sector. But the script is so predictable and dramatic that it fails to be a moving portrayal of someone’s growth. With stunning cinematography making it all the more enjoyable, Pathinettam Padi is a visually enticing dud.
Ashwin is the head of school named School of Joy. It is a school that sort of reinvented the whole education setup in a different way. So when he was approached for an interview, a photograph took him back to the school days that played a significant role in shaping up as the current Ashwin. Pathinettam Padi shows us that phase in Ashwin’s life.
The concept of Pathinettam Padi doesn’t feel like an extremely unique thought. But how they place this story was their only shot to being successful with this kind of an idea. But the script becomes aimless or scattered in many areas in the movie. And the hefty dialogues oozing with philosophy happening at frequent intervals is a burden to this film. The wide script just goes on and on without much of relevance and one can see the struggle of the editor to keep everything intact. When the movie focuses on one school, the length is such that we will almost forget what was happening in the other school. The focus is more evident in the second half of the film, but the pretentious tone of the film diminishes the charm of the movie there as well.
Chandunath and Ambi Neenasam are the true finds of this movie that launches a lot of new talents. Chandhunath was free-flowing while Ambi portrayed the rough character in an earnest way. The leads played by Ashwin Gopinath and Akshay Radhakrishnan doesn’t have that grace to be those heroes and both of them struggled with their dialogue delivery. Ahaana Krishnakumar has very little to do here. Mammootty gets a character that we have seen in most of the Ranjith movies. Prithviraj, Arya, Unni Mukundan and Priya Mani are the other major cameos here.
The emphasis Shankar Ramakrishnan gives to text over visuals is one major area of problem for Pathinettam Padi. The spoon feeding texture of the dialogues makes it all the more dramatic. The dramatic dialogues are okay to an extent, but when every character starts to speak profound things at every breath, it becomes somewhat an insufferable experience. The sequences are included in the most random way possible and you can easily sense the fact that a lot of the scenes are created for commercial purposes. The music was okay but the placing of most of the songs was awkward. The cinematography is visually stunning and sometimes excessively exquisite.
In totality, Pathinettam Padi is half baked. It aspires to be an inspiring movie but ends up being emotional chaos that forgets its aim. The idea is to talk about a value-oriented education system, but how many of us will be able to grasp that intent after all the chaos one sees on screen is the real question.
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