Udanpirappe movie review: Jyothika’s film is a familiar, predictable drama

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Director: Yug Saravanan
Mold: Jyothika, Shashikumar, Samuthirakani, Suri and Kalaiyarasana

There is nothing new in Jyothika’s UdaanPirappe, which is also her 50th film. It is a highly anticipated rural drama about the bond between two siblings. This is the kind of movie we’ve seen a billion times, but it still works thanks to the writing and overall performance. This is not a film in which Jyothika does heavy lifting; She lets the other characters steal the limelight, but still manages to make a strong impression.

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Udanpirappe is about the strained relationship between a brother and his sister. Sasikumar plays Vairavana, a violent man and the way he is known to handle every situation with his fists. Jyothika plays his sister Matangi, who is married to Sargunam (Samuthirakani), a law abiding schoolteacher. An incident changes the relationship between Vairavana and his brother-in-law Sargunam, who vows never to set foot in Vairavana’s house again. 15 years have passed since Mathangi hasn’t gone to her brother’s house and their strained relationship is the core of the film.

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In terms of the story, Udanpirappe feels that it is stuck in the 1980s. There is little in terms of novelty when it comes to plot. Despite the daily soap hangover, the film manages to touch all the right chords and make for a good scene. One reason it remains attractive is because of the main exhibits. Both Shashikumar and Jyothika play their roles with perfection to click the scenes between them. It is refreshing to see Jyothika in a rural-based story and as Matangi, a welcome departure from her usual on-screen self, she makes the character memorable to a great extent because of her performance. The clash scenes between the characters of Sasikumar and Samuthirakani needed to be further strengthened as everything was felt in a hurry.

If only director Saravanan had not resorted to sexual harassment on the pretext of reuniting the two families. Still, FlyingPirappe has enough to make it a likable family drama.


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