Plot – Pandigai revolves around underground fighting, gambling and gradually gets into the heist thriller – dark comedy zone. The lead characters (Krishna and Saravanan) have a common, desperate thirst for money and collaborate as the fighter and the man who bets, respectively. The going isn’t smooth and they are driven to take more risks to salvage their lives.
– Debut director Feroz doesn’t deviate from his core story (except the sojourn into romance with Anandhi). He is a director with potential to deliver more good films in future.
– The film has some brilliantly choreographed stunt sequences (by the duo, Anbariv). They look brutal, raw and deliver maximum impact.
– Krishna has slogged it out for the stunt sequences and the hard work clearly shows. There are reports of him being injured during the stunts. They look real! It’s a welcome outing for him after flops like Yaakkai and Yatchan.
– Composer R.H.Vikram stands tall with his re-recording which complements the action scenes and the dramatic moments in a big way.
– Among the support actors, Saravanan, Nithin Sathya (in a new look) and Karunaas (in a brief part) shine. Wish more directors utilize Saravanan, who’s a solid performer. A pair of handsome, well-built twins makes a mark too, in the 2nd half.
– The first half is particularly good with a terrific pre-interval fight sequence. Well-staged!
– Though Anandhi looks cute and fresh as ever, her scenes are a distraction from the core plot. These romance scenes may still appeal to youngsters.
– The heist thriller space in the 2nd half isn’t exactly novel as we have seen it in quite a few popular recent films. Still, the director keeps it gripping.
– Pandi’s attempts at comedy don’t click. The young actor also needs to watch out for his weight.
Final Word – Pandigai is a racy action entertainer where Krishna has given it his all. Director Feroz is a welcome addition to the fraternity.