Panchamritham is cinematographer Raju Easwaran’s debut film as a director and is produced by Abirami Ramnathan. It is based on the fantasy television serial, ‘Mayavi Mareechan’ telecast on Sun TV.
Taking a leaf from Hindu mythology, it revolves around Mareecha, (Jayaram) Ravanan’s brother and Idumban (Raju Easwaran). Mareecha and Idumban both love Mandakini (Samiksha). But Mandakini loves Mareecha. Hence Mareecha and Idumban often cross swords with each other.
Mareecha in the guise of a deer to attract Sita is killed by Lord Rama and according to a curse turns into a rock. Years later, cut to the present day, he is freed from this curse, when Sita, (Saranya Mohan) a young woman falls on this rock. Mareecha takes it upon himself to protect Sita at all times. Sita works as a secretary to Rajaram, (Nasser) an estate owner.
When she realizes that Rajaram’s relatives were milking him of his wealth, she tightens the purse strings, thereby earning their wrath. And in order to kill her, the relatives hire Pandi, (Karunas) who butchers goats for a living.
With so many comedians, this film is a slapstick comedy. The story gets a new twist when Idumban, is released from his curse and he seeks revenge on Mareecha.
With children as its target audience, the film entertains. And of course the special effects.
Nasser in a dual role is at his usual best. Saranya looks fresh and appealing. Karuna entertains.
By Mythily Ramachandran