Friendship, Humanity, Betrayal, Love, etc, etc have been the heart and soul of Sasikumar-Samuthirakkani’s movies. They’re always into this practice and the response has been favorable. ‘Poraali’ – the title would have left us guess what’s this all about? Something about the protagonists’ war against evil odds, personalities or whatever maybe… But the ideal allusion is that a person fighting against the pre-existing inwardness that has been prevailing amongst us.
It’s an out of the ordinary opening as we see Kumaran (Sasikumar) and Nallavan (Naresh) throwing off someone halfway down the well and escaping away. Cut to – Chennai: We see them getting acquainted with a bunch of tenants in the new house rented by their friend (Ganja Karuppu). Bharathy (Subramaniapuram fame Swathi), a group dancer in films is one amongst the tenants, who has hatred for Kumaran, but later falls in love with him. Working as part time employees at Petrol bunk, Nallavan falls in love with a girl (Nivetha) working there. Well, everything goes well as they soon start a new business that services to the urgent need of customers like buying articles and other necessary items.
They soon become famous that results in the beginning of trouble for Kumaran and Nallavan as they have bunch of hooligans on the hunt for them. What happens next is a shocking fact that both of them have escaped from the home for mentally challenged.
Basically, we can notice certain uniqueness in Samuthirakkani’s movies that acquires our attention upon almost all the characters. Say for instance here, the drunkard husband beating his wife black and blue has his own prominence as Sasikumar says, “Your daughter is supposed to live with him and don’t ruin her life” in spite of knowing about his cruelness. Samuthirakkani tries capturing the interests of almost all the age groups from small kid to the oldies by throwing some kind of issues. The little cute girl affected by her parents’ conflicts, the drunkard bachelor showing his innocence. The cameo role performed by Jayaprakash where he brings forth the true identity of hundreds and thousands of strange and weird persons walking across the lanes is a splendid. The engulfing dialogues keep the screenplay engaging throughout the film, especially the first half.
On the front of performance, everyone has done the best on their part. But the ultimate showstopper is Sasikumar for his multi-dimensional performance contrastive in all aspects as a city guy and denizen in village. Naresh on his part keeps up to the level of perfection. Watch out for his best work in second half. Swathi’s expressions are best than her dialogue deliveries. Her childish characterization and beautiful looks becomes her USP. Nivetha on the pars has more scope to perform. Ganja Karuppu and Pandi of ‘Vennila Kabadi Kulu’ fame evoke huge laughter. ‘Naangala Appove Appadi, Ippo Kekkaava Venum’ and for the next time you hear Pandi saying that, the audience join him as well. Vasundra appearing in an extended cameo role is fantabulous.
On the flip side, cinematographer Kathir should have avoided the dark tone for the village sequences as it created a gloomy mood. The chasing sequences in the movie have become the part and parcel of Samuthirakkani films and at some places it reminiscences of ‘Nadodigal’.
None of the songs are up to the mark and background score has been done with panache, though they’re gripping at places. Kathir’s cinematography is over the top in few places for his camera movements are excellent.
On the whole, ‘Poraali’ has multiple issues running horizontally with the main plot laced in the second half.
The climax part with Ganja Karuppu is a hilarious stroke to end the film with.
Banner: Company Productions
Star-casts: Sasikumar, Swathi, Naresh, Nivetha and others
Music: Sundar C Babu
What works: Sasikumar, Naresh, first half,
What doesn’t work: lengthy screenplay, songs,
Verdict: Can watch it
Review byRichard Mahesh