Review: Udan Pirappe

Director Era Saravanan’s Udan Pirappe is a neat family drama that revolves around the strong bond between a brother and a sister.

Udan Pirappe review

Film: Udan Piraape
Director: Era Saravanan
Cast: Sasikumar, Jyothika, Samudrakani, Soori, Kalaiyarasan,
Sijarose, Nivethidha Sathish, Velraj, Vela Ramamurthy and others
Music: D Imman
Cinematography: R Velraj

Director Era Saravanan’s Udan Pirappe is a neat family drama that showcases the strong bond between a brother and a sister.

Vairavan (Sasikumar) is a well-to-do farmer, who has earned the respect and admiration of the people for his honest, upright and helpful nature. He leads a peaceful life with his wife Maragathavalli (Sija Rose) on his farm, awaiting the return of his son who has gone abroad for his studies.

Vairavan has only one regret. His sister Mathangi (Jyothika), whom he loves dearly, and her husband Sargunam (Samudrakani) are no longer on talking terms with him and his family.

So, why have the families stopped talking to each other? The basic reason for the dispute is the difference in the attitudes of Vairavan and Sargunam.

While Vairavan is someone who believes that justice should be delivered to victims at all costs and doesn’t mind taking the law into his own hands to deliver justice to them, his brother-in-law, Sargunam believes that the law of the land is supreme and wants everything done in accordance with law.

He dislikes the fact that Vairavan often takes the law into his own hands and is worried that Vairavan’s violent nature might be a bad influence on his children.

It is under these circumstances that a tragedy occurs. Blaming Vairavan’s violent temper as the reason for the tragedy, Sargunam moves to another place with his wife and daughter and severs ties with Vairavan’s family.

It is Mathangi who is caught in the cross fire between her husband and brother. Though the families are separated, the affection that Vairavan and Mathangi have for one another does not diminish. Will the families reunite? Udan Pirappe gives you the answer.

Director Saravanan shows promise. Some of the sequences in the film affirm the fact that this director can think with clarity.

For instance, the film has a sequence in which Sargunam, a school headmaster, is looking to admit students to his school. All the seats are filled, save one. One of the teachers pulls out the application of a girl who has scored 450 marks and says they must give admission to this girl. The teacher points out that the girl hails from a family that is uneducated as even her dad does not even know to sign his own name.

Sargunam turns down the suggestion and instead picks the application of a boy, who has scored lesser marks. He shows that the boy’s father has signed the application and says, “The girl hasn’t taught her own dad to sign his name. How will she teach others if she hasn’t taught her own father? Instead, admit this boy. His dad’s rugged signature shows that it is he who has taught his dad to sign his name. Give this boy an opportunity.”

Sequences like these raise the film’s standard. Also, the film has some good performances from its cast.

The first of these comes from Soori, who plays the character of Pakkadi with gusto. His comedy works big time as his well-timed, short, swift responses evoke laughter. By having given him a lengthy role, Saravanan does his film a big favour.

Sasikumar as the ever caring brother is adorable. Jyothika as Mathangi comes up with a neat performance as does Samudrakani who plays Sargunam. Kalaiyarasan who plays the villain Athiban also impresses.

Imman’s music for the film is perfect and Velraj as always does a great job of capturing the visuals.

On the whole, Udan Pirappe is a reasonably good family drama.