Paagal Review - Story
Prem loses his mother, who means the world to him, right at a very young age. He then sets out on a journey to find the right woman who can reciprocate as much love. The rest of the story unveils Prem’s pursuit of true and honest love.
Paagal Review - Analysis
Paagal, the title of the film aptly describes the characterization of the protagonist. He is madly in love with literally every woman he meets. He doesn’t care about the skin complexion, physical appearance, or any other aspect of the lady he meets. In fact, he even loves a middle-aged man in the process. Why do you ask? You might have to watch the film to know the answer.
Vishwak Sen as a crazy young lad, who craves love suits the bill. He carries the right demeanor for the role. The way he emotes is good as well. Nivetha Pethuraj bags a brief yet impactful role. Vishwak and Nivetha make a good pair. Murali Sharma, Rangasthalam Mahesh, and the rest of the star cast deliver fine performances as well.
Paagal has a good premise. The mother's emotion sustains in the love story, but the love drama, in itself is a tad uneven. The first half is packed with slapstick comedy and it serves the purpose. These comedy sequences will evoke laughter from those in the front row.
The first half is relatively breezy but the latter half struggles to hold the attention, owing to the unconvincing screenplay. While a few scenes related to the love story between the lead pair are unique, the rest are not up to the mark. With better-complied sequences in the second half, the film would have made for a compelling watch.
The director Naresh picks a good plot and manages to present it in a reasonably good manner in the first half. But the uneven latter half dampens the vibe. The background score is of top quality and so is the cinematography.
Paagal Review - Verdict
Paagal is a middling love drama that really is a tale of two halves. The comedy part works out to an extent but the emotional connection isn’t sustained through the course of the film. With a better second half, it would have made for a far more compelling watch.