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Parandhu Sella Vaa Review: Good On Paper, Unsaveable Mess On Screen

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Parandhu Sella Vaa wants very much to be a different film. The film’s director Dhanapal wants to set his movie apart from the rest. And so to this end, there are several attempts to subvert stereotypes.

There’s the heroine, Min Yuan (Narelle Kheng), who kicks ass; another leading lady – Madhavi (Aishwarya Rajesh) who takes the juvenile hero (Luthfudeen Basha) to task whenever he does something wrong, which is often. Comedians abound in this film. There’s RJ Balaji, Sathish, and Karunakaran doing their very best to entertain the audience.

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Dhanapal must have thought he had all the bases covered.

Trouble is, the film’s hero, Sampath, is a man-child with commitment issues. He looks for a woman to help him grow out of this. In a typical ‘loser’ move, Sampath creates a fake Facebook profile of his ‘supposed’ lover. This is done so that he can impress his friends.

With friends like Mark (RJ Balaji), who seek to undermine what little Sampath has by way of happiness, he doesn’t really need enemies.

And Dhanapal, for all his efforts to make his film different, ends up with the biggest stereotype of them all.

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Parandhu Sella Vaa unfolds in Singapore. As usual, the film’s leads meet, love, and war in some of the city’s most unique landmarks. There are also song sequences, and in a nod to the movie’s “foreign” setting, a ‘kissing’ scene.

It was a let-down, to the audience, and to the film’s Narelle Kheng.

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The film looks good on paper. Onscreen, it is an unsaveable mess that is, at the plot level at-least, very similar to Prashanth’s Hello. 

Like many filmmakers before him, it is in the execution that Dhanapal fails. Add to this uninspired music by Joshua Sridhar and low production values, Parandhu Sella Vaa becomes one of those made-for-TV movies, with very little to tell its audience.

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Luthfudeen Basha has the lanky computer guy next door vibe down pat. He uses it to full potential here, but does at times, appear creepy. Aishwarya Rajesh, on the other hand, has more than enough acting chops for the both of them, and that’s that.

Films like this, with their done-to-death storylines, still need to be made. At the very least, because they serve as a showcase of a world that has limitless possibilities. And one, in which men and women love the way they want to.

Maybe this is one ‘different’ thing Dhanapal did not think of. And yet, it is the takeaway.

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