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Deccan Herald » Movie Reviews » Detailed Story
Pandipada
Malayalam (Sangeeth)

Cast: Dileep, Navya Nair, Prakash Raj, Rajan P Dev

Director: Rafi-Mecartin





The film-maker duo Rafi-Mecartin, makers of rib-ticklers like Punjabi House and Thenkasipattanam, join hands again with Dileep to strike a hat trick with their latest offering Pandipada. It is a fun-filled rollercoaster ride, this film, with its immensely hilarious moments and one-liners .

Bhuvan (Dileep) is a small time real estate agent, who often runs into trouble with various deals. In his quest to join the big league, Bhuvan strikes a deal with a Tamilian for 30 acres in a village in Tamil Nadu. Though short of funds, he arranges the money from a loanshark Ummachan (Cochin Haneefa) and settles the deal, hoping to make a killing when he sells it to another prospective buyer.

Bhuvan soon finds out that he has been taken for a ride when he comes to the village to see his land. He realises that he has bought a disputed property that two ruthless warring landlords are eyeing. Both Karupuswamy (Rajan P Dev) and Pandidorai (Raj) have sworn to keep away any buyers from this land.

In a fix, Bhuvan joins hands with his sidekick Bhasi (Harisri Asokan) to regain possession of his land. But that is easier said than done.

Meanwhile, to make the situation even more trickier, Karupuswamy’s only daughter Meena (Navya) falls in love with Bhuvan. But he knows that Pandidorai also harbours a soft corner for the girl. So, Bhuvan tries to play the matchmaker for the two. Who gets the girl and the land?

Comedy is Dileep’s forte and he is at his best in this film. With comedians like Harisree Asokan, Salim Kumar and even Cochin Haneefa joining the banter, the volley of one-liners may have you gasping for breath as you laugh your way through Pandipada.

Navya Nair makes her presence felt and chips in adequately. However, it is Prakash Raj who almost manages to steal the show from Dileep.

Raj is outstanding in the film, especially in comic scenes, and gets equal footage as Dileep.

Prathibha Joy
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