Pammal K. Sambandam Review – Bad Omens for Kambakkht Ishq

If Akshay Kumar’s forthcoming Kambakkht Ishq is indeed a remake of the 2002 Kamal Haasan-Simran film Pammal K. Sambandam, it’s a harbinger of more crap for Akshay Kumar fans and Bollywood addicts.

And a reflection of the utter poverty of ideas and the current comatose state of Bollywood.

Because Pammal K. Sambandam is garbage, plain and simple.

Except for a couple of crass jokes, there’s nothing in Pammal K. Sambandam.




We were misled into believing Pammal K. Sambandam was a romantic comedy.

Alas, no. Pammal K. Sambandam is a movie that falls in the genre of utter garbage.

With a story that’s beyond ridiculous, Pammal K. Sambandam is yet another reminder that Kollywood is not a movie business but a futile attempt at waste recycling.

Trash in = Trash out.

Kamal Haasan plays Pammal K. Sambandam, a stuntman and a diehard bachelor in the movie.

When his close friend Anand’s (Abbas) marriage to Malathi (Sneha) turns sour, Pammal steps in to assist his friend only to be thwarted at every step by Malathi’s doctor friend Janaki (Simran).

You see, Janaki is a misogamist and hardened spinster, who’s completely wedded to her medical profession. At her urging, Malathi files for a divorce.

Before you can say Pammal Sambandam,  a quirky event forces Janaki to get close to Pammal Sambandam.

By now, the movie has ascended the Himalayan heights of nonsense from which there is no escape for the suffering audience.

Kamal Haasan throws in a tolerable performance while Simran (a popular yesteryear Tamil actress) is below mediocre.

Ironically, we see little by way of extraordinary stunts although Kamal Haassan plays a stuntsman in movies.

The few stunt scenes we see are the garden variety kind that Hollywood probably abandoned in the 1940s.

As for Sneha or Abbas, the duo wouldn’t pass muster for a high school drama production.

Silly Comedy
As we said earlier, there are a few comic lines but they are few and far between to provide much relief from this sophomoric drivel.

Yes, now we know why they say Keep Left or why some people don’t get the Madras Eye infection in India.

Save that, the comedy track involving the hero’s sidekicks amounts to little more than a migraine.

Poor Music
Deva’s music adds zero value to the movie.

Rather, the song and dances amplify the misery quotient of the movie.

Whether it’s the first song Kandasamy Ramasamy or the subsequent ones like Thindukallu, Gadothkajaa and Sakalakala Vallavaneh, they afford little joy.

Neither were the picturizations of the songs anything to write home about.

Yendi Soodamani inflicts the least damage.

Parts of the movie have been filmed in some foreign locales but make zero difference to this garbage.

Same old. Same old shit.

While neither Kamal Haasan nor Simran are graceful dancers, Kamal is slightly better than the babe.

Hard to believe this mediocre actress was once the queen bee of Kollywood.

Cassandra’s Warning
Folks, the omens are not good.

We just watched the trailer of Kambakkht Ishq and it does not look good.

Not good at all.

Akshay Kumar is indeed a stuntsman in the movie while Kareena Kapoor plays a supermodel.

If Kambakkht Ishq hews to the Pammal K. Sambandam story line, even if it’s just broadly, it can only portend insufferable agony for movie fans (even if the Bollywood production is a slicker version of the Tamil film with some changes to the script).

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14 Responses to "Pammal K. Sambandam Review – Bad Omens for Kambakkht Ishq"

  1. raghavendrav   June 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    I expected this kind of review… You don’t disappoint me at all… 😛

    I remember watching this movie at Devi Theater in Chennai and I developed a migraine after going through the sheer torture of watching this crappy movie.. I stepped out of the hall for a break during every song… Couldn’t stand Deva’s cacophony.

  2. SRINIVAS   June 4, 2009 at 3:21 am

    this is a laugh riot ….excellent movie … Responds:

    You write above: excellent movie

    What dictionary do you use. Obviously, excellence has a different meaning in your lexicon.

    No, No and No. Plain awful movie.

    Let’s see how Kambakkht Ishq turns out now.

  3. tskans   June 4, 2009 at 5:38 am

    is Achamundu Achamundu in your review pipeline? a different strategy has been used for marketing. Responds:

    Not sure if it’s releasing here.

    The movie is directed by a local (New Jersey) Tamil.

  4. Ænima   June 4, 2009 at 11:43 am

    it is not for everyone.. as a whole it is not a good movie, but has plenty of good jokes..(not worth watching in theater, but perfectly ok to watch with the FF) the mudhaliar lingo appealed to my funny bone. Responds:

    Yes, we noticed the Mudhaliar lingo. At first, we thought it was the Iyer lingo. Then, we realized it was the Mudhaliar lingo because of the references to the Mudhaliar Sangam in the movie.

    If our memory is not playing tricks, Mudhaliars used to be ridiculed as Half-Brahmins in some parts of South India. 😉

  5. boopalanj   June 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Not a great movie. Not an average movie too. It is just for entertainment. But purely illogical.

    In fact ‘pancha thanthram’ was better [it too contains some illogical scenes though], and i know you are not ready to believe, being unrecovered from the trauma of Pammal K sambandham..! Responds:

    Added Panchathanthiram to our Netflix queue.

  6. boopalanj   June 4, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I said it was better in terms of Comedy tracks. Responds:

    We’ll watch Panchathantiram soon but after the old The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and Salangai Oli.

  7. boopalanj   June 5, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Time for me to get cursed by SI..!! Responds:

    Is that a wish? 😉

    If so, tathastu (so be it). 🙂

  8. boopalanj   June 5, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Did you see – Pushpak [Pesum Padam in Tamil] which had no dialogues and known as the silent film..! Responds:

    Actually, we can’t remember. Sometimes, we think we have. On other occasions, we think no. Let’s see if Netflix has it.

    Now that the Bollywood multiplex owners-producers/distributors strike is over, we’re curious to see how Akshay Kumar has performed in the role that Kamal Hassan did in Pammal K.Sambandam.

  9. kutty   June 5, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    riveting story . Responds:

    What? Pammal K. Sambandam, a riveting story?

    Maybe, the rivets in your head have come loose.

  10. StrYngLad74   June 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    SI Said: Added Panchathanthiram to our Netflix queue.

    It’s a loose-remake of a black comedy called VERY BAD THINGS starring Jon Favreau, Christian Slater, Jeremy Piven, Daniel Stern, and Cameron Diaz. Check it out too.

    The basic plot is the same, but the progression of events and the finale are totally different in Panchatanthiram. That said, it is much better than PKS.

    Pushpak (originally called PUSHPAKA VIMANA in Kannada), made by Singeetham Sreenivasa Rao is very good.

    kutty said: riveting story

    I wanted to shoot some rivets into my skull after watching this disaster. In that sense, it’s riveting indeed. Responds:

    1. Will add Very Bad Things to our Netflix queue.

    Hard to understand how some folks found garbage like PKS riveting or a laugh riot.

    2. And to think the Bollywood bozos are remaking this garbage with Akshay Kumar (if indeed Kambakkht Ishq is a remake of this crap).

    Now that the Bollywood standoff between producers/distributors and multiplex owners is over, Kambakkht Ishq should hit the screens fairly soon and we’ll know for sure if crap begets crap.

  11. StrYngLad74   June 5, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    SI Said: And to think the Bollywood bozos are remaking this garbage with Akshay Kumar (if indeed Kambakkht Ishq is a remake of this crap).

    It’s the “aura” that Kamal still has in India. Many in North regard him highly as an actor, and might I say, quite legitimately during his early years. Now he’s just another pigheaded moron trying to boost his own ego by coming up with inane movie ideas that require him to don several garbs, ala Dasavatharam.

    So it’s the aura that he still has that make Bollywood producers think his movies (even the crappy ones) are something “extra special.”

    BTW, Pushpak is a National Award Winner. Responds:

    You write: Now he’s just another pigheaded moron trying to boost his own ego by coming up with inane movie ideas that require him to don several garbs, ala Dasavatharam.

    Dasavatharam was unadulterated garbage.

    But according to Wiki, the movie has done well at the box-office.

    Bottom line, inane ideas seem to pay off in the southern parts of Mera Bharat Mahaan if they have a big name associated with them.

  12. ghani   June 26, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    howz Kambakkht Ishq ?
    good remake ? Responds:

    Not released yet.

    Today was New York. Review coming shortly.

  13. Ænima Of The State   June 26, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    oh, I thought you went to NYC 🙁 Responds:

    New York, the movie.

  14. gk   July 2, 2009 at 3:43 am

    akshay as hollywood stuntman??…lol
    btw wats sly doin in this movie ?

    have u seen this ?

    even he thinks the same way…. Responds:

    No, we hadn’t seen it before (Thanks).

    Hey folks, Russell Peters says he likes Tamil movies because it’s never about looks in Kollywood. Maybe, he saw the ugly trinity – Rajinikanth, Trisha and Vishal in a romance film and thought it was a horror flick.

    If we had our way, we’d rename the upcoming movie Endhiran (Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai) as Beauty and the Beast – A Tamil Tale. 😉

    And we agree completely with what he said about Bollywood – triumph of looks over talent and the ‘overdone’ acting.

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