is the much-awaited film of director Bala who made the careers
of Vikram and Surya in Sethu and Nanda who are coming together
in this film.
Pithamagan whirls around four characters. Chithan (Vikram)
who is orphaned at a young age, devoid of all human contacts
lives on his animal instincts and ekes out a living as a
graveyard caretaker. Gomathy (Sangeetha) a petty ganja seller
who pities Chitan's condition and gets him a job at the
ganja fields of the main villain. Sakthi (Surya) the conman
cons Manju (Laila), a poly technique student but does not
get away with it. Sakthi meets Chithan in jail and takes
pity on him and befriends him. It is Sakthi's affection
that melts Chithan's stony heart.
This role, a rare one that has minimal dialogue but has
a lot of body actions, is no doubt a challenging one for
Vikram and he has played it extremely well. A lifetime performance
by Vikram. Sakthi portrayed by Surya is a sly character
whose livelihood is conning other victims. It is hilarious
to watch the scenes where Manju's seething anger, which
is directed at Sakthi, is turned away by Sakthi's quick-witted
humour. Surya as the extrovert has lived in that character.
Laila unlike her previous roles has more depth and has given
a fine performance. Finally there is Gomathy the ganja-dealer
played by Sangeetha. It has been a long time come back to
films for Sangeetha who has got a new lease of acting, thanks
to Pithamagan. She simply steals the show. Simran comes
in an item number as actress Simran. Director Bala has given
an unusual film with rare portrayals. He has taken extreme
care in etching out the characters.Towards the end when
Surya is brutally attacked by the local bigwig's men, Bala's
brilliant direction moves the audience. Cameraman Balasubramanyem's
visuals are stunning. Illayaraja's music especially background
score is an asset to the director.