Release Date: 30 Dec, 2022
By Latha Srinivasan: Director Karthik Sreenivasan presents us a dark comedy that revolves around a family that is fraught with financial issues. We meet Vinayakam (Charle) and his children – sons Parama (Linga), Parthi (KPY Dheena) and daughter Kanmani (Gayathrie Shankar). The story is about a family. How Vinayakam’s children try to force their father to sell the house and make money off him forms the rest of the story. Kanmani lands up at her father’s place, where Parama lives with his wife (Abarnathi), along with her husband Murali (Vivek Prasanna).
They get together for their mother’s death anniversary, but things take a twist when they are all under one roof. When their father heads to a place he frequents all the time, the building collapses and there’s an announcement of Rs 20 lakh compensation for those who lost their lives.This is when the plot takes several twists.
This movie is well-crafted and written by director Karthik Sreenivasan. He used a few characters to weave a story that is funny and keeps you engaged throughout. All the actors are natural and played their roles with ease. While you have a hearty laugh, there is also a more serious issue that is examined – how children who are struggling with debts use their elderly parents for financial gain.This is a reality, unfortunately, in our society. Karthik has taken this issue and created a story in a manner that resonates with the audience without being preachy.This would definitely strike a chord with the audience of this film.
Karthik has etched each of the characters in detail. Though having shot the entire movie inside a house, he was able to make each one of them stand out. This is not a simple feat to achieve. The cinematographer, Madhan Christopher, must be appreciated for his camera work. He shot the film effectively in the small space given. The background music composed by Shakti Balaji is apt for the film.
Watch the movie with your family this weekend and you’re guaranteed a lot of laughs.
Udanpaal is streaming now on Aha Tamil.
3 out of 5 stars for Udanpaal.