A few things overlap across most Sundar C directorials. Hello Naan Pei Pesuren is a Sundar C production, but that doesn’t make it any less apparent that the director was somehow involved in the making of the film. He still doesn’t seem to have had enough of horror, for one; with loud, screaming banshees in Dolby Atmos who make you long for a pair of ear muffs. My decibel threshold is quite low, I admit, but these spirits – banshees really – aren’t a pleasant sight either. Pale and golden, they quite know how to dress for the evening – even in death. And, Sundar’s heroines – banshee or no – have their pasts firmly rooted in the North. Even if they aren’t, he finds a thin thread to tie it all together. In Hello Naan Pei Pesuren (telling as it is), actress Aishwarya Rajesh plays Kavitha – a typically insipid Sundar C woman who falls for a guy who harasses her. He calls her ‘mysore-pak‘ and ‘seth‘ – just because she works at a pawn-broker’s – and literally woos her into submission, with a few sexual innuendos thrown in for good measure. Oviya, who plays the banshee, is seth herself.
A banshee seth that abuses in fluent Hindi.
There’s something that Shankar, Sundar C and their ilk of directors must learn. To step away from the 90s. And, to run their scripts by a woman. Do women really think what these men think women think?
The banshee in HNPP pleads (with the godman-exorcist) for a night with her now married ex-boyfriend. The boyfriend’s wife, looking in on the scene, feels sorry for the ghost and gives in to the request. The reasoning?
Peiya irundhaalum penn thaane?
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