A picture from Kamal Haasan's "Papanasam".IBTimes India

The latest Tamil movie, "Papanasam" ("Papanaasam"), starring Kamal Haasan in the lead has opened to highly positive reviews. Most of the leading critics in the industry have rated the thriller as one of Kamal's best in recent times.

Brilliant performances, flawless script and dialogues, soulful music, neat cinematography and editing are the highlights of this film and critics have also said that this movie deserves a second watch.

Directed by Jeethu Joseph, "Papanasam" is the remake of hit Malayalam movie "Dhrishyam" and as per the reports, the latest version is nothing less than the original one. Critics have also heaped the director with appreciations for his masterful attempt with Kamal Haasan.

Here are the reviews of "Papanasam" (Papanaasam) by various critics:

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Kamal gets applause at many scenes in the movies and it louds when the cattle dead body gets dig out during the investigation. The last Climax dialogue is Kamal Haasan's trade mark to bring the audience to tears with his emotional delivery in one single shot that runs long.

Based on an intricate screenplay that demands an amazing competence to make it convincing, Jeethu Joseph come out with an impressive finesse. The story has many layers that compel the viewer to enjoy this highly entertaining movie.

Gautami, Nivetha Thomas, Kalabhavan Mani, Asha Sharath are chosen apt to fit their respective roles.

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On the technical part, Ghibran has given his best in background score to evolve the movie as a quality product. Both the songs were soothing and in some sequence his background score has lifted the movie in a different level. Sujith Vasudev's cinematography has pictured the beauty of South - West Tamil Nadu in a natural way, his different camera angles inside Suyambhu Lingam's house made the film feel natural and ethnic. Anoop Khan's editing should have crisp in the first half, Na.Mutukumar's lyrics has given the mood of the screenplay in a good manner.

Kudos to Jeethu Joseph for the master class screenplay which presented a much tested core line in out of the world manner. His screenplay is natural, logical, and of course not boring though it has accumulated 3 hours of our time. We have to admit the first half should have been trimmed to a great extend but the way the characters sketched in the second half has overshadowed it. Jeya Mohan's dialogues are crisp, sharp and have got the Thirunelveli accent in the right cord.


Director Jeethu Joseph apart from holding on to his successful and intriguing screenplay has also cleverly retained most of his technical crew including cinematographer Sujith Vaassudev and editor Ayoob Khan. Apart from the first few minutes, which is the time taken for the movie to introduce its characters, the entire film is exceptionally gripping with an amazing closure. What makes this film special is the way the director has narrated the story which is riveting and also realistic all at the same time. Music by Ghibran is soulful and manages to capture the nativity of Thanjavur district. His background score coupled with intense scenes makes Papanasam a delectable delight.