PAPANASAM Review
– A Gripping Must Watch Thriller, First of its Kind in Tamil Cinema

PAPANASAM Movie Review

Being a Kamal Haasan movie, obviously you should expect brilliant plot and dialogs. 'Papanasam' has them all and combined with the brilliancy of director Jeethu Joseph, the duo has managed to bring a completely new genre to Tamil cinema that ideally justifies the original 'Drishyam' in every manner.

Release date: 3 July 2015Genre: Drama, Family, Thriller
Cast: Kamal Haasan, Gautami Tadimalla, Kalabhavan Mani, Asha Sarath, Niveda Thomas, Anant Mahadevan, Charle and many othersDirector: Jeethu Joseph
Writter: Jeethu Joseph, Jeyamohan (Dialogue)Music: M. Ghibran
Cinematography: Sujith VaassudevEditer: Ayoob Khan
Production company: Wide Angle Creations, Raj Kumar TheatresRunning Time: 181 minutes
Language: TamilCBFC Rating: U

Quick Glance

What's great?

  • • An unexpected plot with lots of twists and gripping screenplay

  • • Kamal Haasan at his best again with brilliant acting and Tamil slang

  • • Asha Sharath's role as an IPS officer

  • • Supporting actors including Kalabhavan Mani, the kids and everyone else

  • • Clean entertainer for the entire family

What's not?
  • • A really long movie with over two and half hours of run time

  • • Good movie for those who have already watched the original but not the best version made yet


The less you know about the plot, the better 'Papanasam' is. Kamal Haasan is a loving father of two young daughters and loves his family a lot. When an unexpected tragedy falls on them, he bravely decides to face it no matter what to entangle himself from the issue.

The Cast

Kamal Haasan can't be praised more for his acting but he has proved one more time he's one of the best actors in India. He is a worthy person to be in the shoes of Mohanlal without a doubt and handles the role with ease. Gautami is an ok choice whereas the rest of the cast has helped carry the movie and narrate the story in a realistic manner.

The Team

Director Jeethu Joseph deserves all the credit for introducing an investigative genre to Tamil movies. Very few movies in Kollywood follow logic patters like 'Thuppaki' among others. It's nail biting twists and the brilliant ideas executed by the main character will keep you glued to the seats till the very end.

Editing is top notch and so is cinematography which captures the lush locales of Papanasam in its glory. If we have to find fault, Jeethu Joseph doesn't have a strong grasp of Tamil culture as director Siddique. It looks bit unnatural compared to the ease Drishyam had. However, it is a treat for Kamal Fans and people who love to have a great time at the cinema halls.

Bottom line – Watch it and you will probably watch it more than once to understand the plot better!

Certified Fresh – Yes!

Stars – 4/5

Papanasam

Papanasam Official Trailer

Watch Papanasam tamil movie official trailer starring Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan and Gautami in the lead, directed by award winning director Jeethu Joseph and produced by Wide Angle Creations and Rajkumar Theatres Private Limited.