Velupandi, a bus driver, is in love with nurse Kanmani, who travels in his bus on a daily basis, but she keeps rejecting him. What's the reason?
Pattaya Kelappanum Pandiyaa
is very much a film from the 1990s. The problem is that it hews closer to the dreary ones from the decade. It is the kind of film that stops for the director to utter a punchline to a joke before displaying his name in the credit. And, this is not the only filmmaking technique (if you can call it that) that it digs out from the grave. The film's designated comedian (here, it is Soori) is introduced with a comedy track. The hero is introduced feet first and the heroine running through the fields in slow motion (with the expertly tied sari showing just the right amount of navel). Concepts like narrative are given a pass, and the film goes on for almost three hours. We don't even get a formula. The entire first half can be whittled down like this: comedy scene, romantic scene, bar song, comedy scene, romantic song, comedy scene, emotional scene, bar song. Well, you get the drift.
This could at least be mildly interesting but the comedy is primitive, the romance is nothing but glorified stalking and the songs are bathroom breaks. The only solace is Ilavarasu and Kovai Sarala, who make the comedy scenes somewhat bearable.
We get something resembling a plot only after the interval, and it is just a superficial one, and has to do with the heroine's family problems — there is no father, there is no money but there is a blind sister. And, so the hero finally has something to do — fix a match for that girl, simply because only then he can marry the heroine. Yes, the film is that condescending. And, it is also tone deaf. An accident happens but the director cuts to show us a comedy scene involving a man being punched in the mouth by Soori. How can he then expect us to take the film seriously?