Kids have a world of their own. There is laughter, tears, anger, frustration and all of that. But they do not deal with these emotions the way grown-ups do. They do not harbour hatred or anger. They want to be themselves, and expect the parents to accept them the way they are.

It’s a world which grown-ups, especially parents find difficult to understand, and sometimes comprehend. Pasanga 2: Haiku is a take on such an issue.

The film begins with a quote ‘The best classroom for a child is the mother’s womb’. The film revolves around the quote and points out several aspects that parents fail to keep in mind during pregnancy.

The film starts with a timeline of events which starts from the day Divya (Vidya Pradeep) and Vidhya (Bindu Madhavi) find out that they are pregnant. Their lifestyles, eating habits, mood swings, behavioural patterns, arguments and their work and home environment are descriptively shown during the timeline sequence up until the time the children are born. What follows are a sequence of events that these parents face owing to their hyperactive kids.

The film revolves around Kavin (Nishesh) and Naina (Vaishnavi), children from these two families, who are frequently pushed from one school to another owing to their hyperactive nature. The parents of these children find it difficult to understand their children and are driven to the extreme level of frustration with their hyperactiveness.

Every school that these children attend ends up suspending them citing that they are uncontrollable and are suffering from one illness or the other, forcing the parents to shift from house to house. Eventually, both Kavin and Naina end up going to the same school where Venba (Amala Paul) is one of the teachers. Her husband Tamizh Naadan (Surya) is a child psychiatrist who helps both families change their attitude towards children.

Even though Pasanga 2 primarily revolves around these two children and their parents, it cannot be called an out-and-out children’s movie. It deals with several social issues that affect today’s children. The rat race to put the children into a school at a tender age and the lack of open space for children to play in homes are some of the key aspects dealt by Pandiraj.

For Pandiraj, dealing with kids is not a new thing. He had already tasted success with similar subjects in movies such as Pasanga (2009), and Marina (2012) earlier. However, this time around he has focused on the issues faced by kids in urban areas.

All actors, including Nishesh and Vaishnavi have played their part to perfection. The two kids, their pranks, their tears and their mischievous acts keep us glued to the screen at all times. Karthik Kumar and Ramdoss do justice to their roles as husbands of Vidhya and Divya respectively. Ramdoss also adds to the comic relief through his dialogues and as a kleptomaniac.

On the technical side music plays a huge role in conveying mood of the scenes. The moods keep changing frequently and the music compliments the changes accordingly. The usage of flute and violin express the emotions perfectly. The songs too are well placed in the film and do not hamper the flow. This is the second film for composer Arrol Corelli after the horror flick Pisasu. It is a completely different genre from his debut film and he has done justice to the script.

Kudos for Surya for funding such a project through his 2D Entertainment. The film is a must watch for parents and those who deal with children on a frequent basis.

Reviewed by Arthur Wamanan

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