Direction : S. P. Jananathan
Production : UTV Motion Pictures
Starring : Arya, Shaam, Vijay Sethupathi, Karthika Nair
Music : Varshan
Cinematography : N.K.Ekambaram
Editing : N.Ganesh Kumar
Filmmaker SP Jhananathan never misses to touch the deepest depths of some emotions irrespective of genres he is brushing up with. Iyarkai, Ee and Peranmai were ample evidences to his iconic directorial proficiency and Porampokku Engira Podhuvudamai is the latest release hitting screens today. The film stars Arya, Vijay Sethupathi and Shaam in lead roles with Karthika as the female lead character.
Ironically framed for lots of National crimes including an attempt to attack Indian army Balu (Arya) is sentenced for death. Supreme Court issues the order to sentence the death penalty at Chennai Central Prison and an honest young vibrant IPS officer (Shaam) has been assigned with the task. A well known hangman (Vijay Sethupathi) is pulled into the drama of getting the death sentence done. The entire film centers on the turbulences, own conflicts and confrontations with a gripping climax.
A running length of 160 minutes and there are lots of drama involved. The most scintillating work by SP Jhananathan is his intact sketch of characterisations and screenwriting. He offers the best shape to each and every actor. It’s hard to handle the prominence of three best actors and Jhananathan surpasses with intelligent and emotional dialogues. The second half comes with some power packed performances and sequences with a climax that wrenches our hearts.
Three sequences really take your complete attention keeping you emotionally struck in silence and lump in throats.
1. The back story of Vijay Sethupathi where he decides to sacrifice his very own life to Goddess Kaali.
2. The final conversation between Arya and Shaam before the death sentence.
3. The final post-climax act of Vijay Sethupathi.
These three moments grab away all your attention and applause and this is an extremely groovy impactful factor. The portions involving Karthik and her team trying to plan up the prison break for Arya looks good in few places, but few logical quotients completely miss. How could be a terrific IPS officer be unaware about QR Code scan.
Re-recording by Srikanth Deva is exclusively an additional highlighting factor that pulls us completely into the movie. Ekambaram’s cinematography is naturalistically a boon to the film. Mark our words! This film deserves National awards for ‘Art Department’. Such an incredible work of erecting the original set of Chennai Central Prison...
Arya’s characterisation is good and his dialogue deliveries are very well sketched, but its Vijay Sethupathi who scores the maximum brownie points with an impeccable performance. This film is more than enough to prove that he is an extraordinary method actor. Karthika Nair does her best to capture up the screen, but not really the best. Shaam is brilliant with his performance and he can ardently thank SP Jhananathan for offering him a great comeback. Others in the cast contribute the best on their course.
1. Outstanding performance of Vijay Sethupathi, Shaam and Arya
2. Unusually new theme as the backdrop
3. Strong impactful climax
4. Background score by Srikanth Deva
What doesn’t work?
1. Few illogical and amateurish sequences
2. Songs could have been avoided
3. Few dragging scenes
Overall, Porampokku Engira Podhuvudamai offers an unbreakable silence as one walks out of the theatres albeit some high-and-low fluctuations of momentum in few parts of screenplay.
Verdict : Brilliant performances and salient narration.
Verdict : 4.5/10
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