Marina beach had been part of many Tamil movies. But director Pandiraj had gathered all guts to do a whole movie set in the shores of Marina.
The Pasanga and Vamsam director has stayed away from conventional cinema to render a movie that speaks about the need to educate children.
What is heartening is that movies being made around children are a rarity in Tamil cinema. Pandiraj fills the void with Marina. It is more in the shades of Slumdog Millionaire. But he has consciously stayed away from the dark side of child labour in Marina.
Pandian who did the role of Pakoda in Pasanga is the lead protagonist. Siva Karthikeyan and Kalavani fame Oviya form part of the cast. A bunch of newcomers with Jayaprakash playing a cameo form part of the rest.
Ambikapathy (Pakoda Pandian) ekes out his livelihood in Marina. He starts selling Sundal and soon the shore becomes his home.
Thousands visit the beach and soon Ambikapathy knows what life is all about. An old man (Sundararajan) and postman (Jithan Mohan) turn friends for the children including Ambikapathy who work in the beach. Also a love story between Senthilnathan (Sivakarthikeyan) and Sopana Sundari (Oviya) is narrated alongside by Pandiraj.
All credit should go to Pandian who is apt for the role. His innocent expressions is the highlight. He emotes well. Siva Karthikeyan and Oviya have a little part to play. Jayaprakash, Sundarrajan and Jithan Mohan walks away with aplomb.
Cinematographer Vijay and music composer Girish make a good beginning.
On the whole, Pasanga Pandiraj has managed to render a movie that is entertaining and engrossing.