Back home, things aren't the same. Paandi's actions, even when well justified, earn his son's wrath. His grandchildren are his best friends and his teenage neighbour is his drinking buddy. Even though slightly predictable, some of the scenes that unfold within the family are easily relatable, especially when you too have someone as senior as Paandi in your house.
Scenes as simple as the son asking his wife whether his father has eaten or not explains the communication gap within family members. Not many stories have explored the loneliness of older characters in mainstream Tamil cinema and Dhanush deserves an A + for the effort and being gusty enough to do it with a 60-plus protagonist.
Although the film does get slightly melodramatic at times, which might appeal to the masses, it's a fairly refreshing take on living life on one's own terms.
It would have been even more awesome had the film focused more on the older pair's romance than unnecessarily getting emotional with the familial angle. It could have been an even more entertaining film given its scope to be funny. Nevertheless, it's understandable why the need to get emotional as it will largely appeal to audiences in smaller cities.
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Power Paandi shines due to its simplistic filmmaking and for not complicating things for the sake of proving a point. Dhanush, as a director, is smart and understands the pulse of the audience like no other actor in his league can and will. He does play to the gallery, but he also has plenty for elite audiences to enjoy in the film. The whole road trip episode, though appears borrowed from the West, is something multiplex audiences will dig.
In a dhaba, when a bunch of senior citizens, out on a road trip on their bikes, sit and talk about Facebook and their marital status, you can't stop yourself from chuckling.