These days the Tamil filmmakers are trying unexplored territories and vouches to narrate different themes on screen. Debutant filmmaker Dinesh Padmanabhan has laid his hands on a diffrent script - a full-length film on mill workers. Krishnaveni Panjalai is a period film. The narrative spans four decades from the Fifties
The friendship that develops among the families in the mill quarters and their joyful outings have been captured in an interesting way in the film. Hemachandran and Nandhana have played the lead.
Suresh Bargav has handled the camera, while Kasi Viswanathan has edited the film. The music has been scored by N R Ragunanthan. Kathir (Hemachandran) and Poongothai (Nandana) work in a cotton mill called Krishnaveni Panjalai. It is run by a kind-hearted businessman (Rajiv Krishna).
Kathir helps conduct the wedding of Poongothai's elder sister, who falls in love with his friend. However, the newly married couple is found dead under mysterious circumstances and this poses a problem to his own affair with Poongothai. Subsequently, the mill is shut following a workers dispute. What happens next forms the crux of the film.
hemachandran plays his part well. He excels in emotional sequences and so is Nandana. Their onscreen chemistry is good. All others in the movie chip in with their best.
Rahunandhan's music is another highlight. A slow secind half and some cliched scenes mars the show. Oterwise the movie is watchable.