Pistha

Starring Karthik, Nagma, Mouli, Manivannan, Mansur Ali Khan, Jayasree.
Credits Music : S.A. Raajkumar

Story, Script : Kennedy

Screenplay, Direction : K.S. Ravikumar

Producer : Natarajan

Rating
Reviewed By Balaji Thirumalai

Pistha is K.S.Ravikumar's follow-up to his highly successful laugh riot, Avvai Shanmughi, but fails to live up to the expectations raised by his previous success. Karthik plays Manikandan, who as the name suggests is an Ayyappan devotee who is hired by Mouli to reform the erring ways of his office and factory workers. Naghma plays Mouli's daughter, whose irrational behavior is linked to a murky past she shares with a wounded man and his aide. She marries Karthik only to get around a legal loophole so that she can get to her ancestral property and give it to the mysterious strangers whom she feels obliged to help. Her plans go awry as Karthik, who until then plays a mild mannered Ayyappan follower turns out to be the eponymous hero who is more than a handful for poor Nagma to handle. A tug of war ensues between the two, and the contrived screenplay meanders aimlessly till time runs out for the film makers. Of course, Karthik sorts out all the problems, woos Nagma in the process, turns around the dying company and gives the bad guys the whipping they deserve, lest you lose sleep over it.

(still from movie - Kumudham)

Karthik acts mainly from memory of his similar recent outings, Methukudi and Ullathai Alli Thaa. Manivannan plays an escaped con and manages to raise a few guffaws. Mouli is perhaps the only one who truly earns his paycheck, playing the confused rich industrialist who tries to stay on board the sanity raft in troubled waters. Nagma just goes through the motions. Very little is required from the others, and they don't even try. S.A.Raajkumar's music should've stayed in the can. K.S.Ravikumar has his usual cameos, but does little behind the camera to make this worthwhile. Instead he resorts to slapstick and hopes that a snake named Rambha can charm the audiences. His snake's no charmer, unfortunately. Kennedy's script could've used a rewrite or two. Suspend your disbelief, as you do with any other Tamil movie and don't expect to roll in the aisles watching this one, and you might actually like it.