The story revolves around a cable operator’s family which faces unfortunate consequences after a horrible incident. Kamal Haasan plays a cable operator in the film and is very protective of his family which comprises of his wife Gautami and daughters Nivetha Thomas and Esther. Kamal leads a calm and peaceful life with his loving family until an untoward incident happens in Nivetha’s life.
The young girl gets trapped in an appalling situation and the entire family gets into trouble after committing a murder. The victim happens to be the son of IG of police Asha Sharath and things get worse after the investigation begins.
Kamal Haasan takes up full responsibility and makes sure his family is safe. The plans and decisions executed by the actor forms the rest of the screenplay.
Kamal Haasan is undoubtedly the soul of the film. He plays ‘Suyambu Lingam’ and the audiences happen to see a ‘real personality’ with equal doses of innocence, shrewdness and spontaneity on screen. The actor’s urge to defend his family has paved the way for many nail-biting scenes portraying the legend’s flawless acting skills and perfect Nellai dialect.
Gautami has performed well as an affectionate mother and the flick marks the come-back of the talented actress after a sabbatical of 16 long years.
Nivetha Thomas and Esther who have played the daughters of Kamal Haasan fit well into the roles and have done justice to their characterization.
Asha Sarath, Kalabhavan Mani, M.S Bhaskar and Illavarasu have excelled in their performances.
Ghibran’s music is a huge strength to the movie. The young musician has composed some really interesting songs for the movie and the BGM is also very impressive.
Sujith Vasudev’s cinematography captures the scenic beauty of the village in each and every frame making the film a visual treat for the viewers.
In other words, Jeethu Joseph's ‘Papanasam’ is a well-made family drama with a perfect cast and flawless storyline.