Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai (TAMIL)


Starring: Arya, Shaam, Vijay Sethupathi, Karthika and many more
Editing : Ganesh Kumar
Music : Varshan        Background Score : Srikanth Deva
Cinematography: NK Ekambaram
Screenplay : Roghanth
Directed by: SP Jananathan

After giving us many meaningful movies Jananathan comes out with a political action thriller and that too with a multi starrer. Generally Jana’s films has more action along with some social message. Lets see how does Purampokku fare out and what Jana has gives us..

Balu (Arya) is sentenced to death by a military court on charges of carrying out a deadly attack on the Indian army. The Judge gives the execution to Jail Superintendent Macualay (Shaam) who as a human rights criteria, needs to find a hangman who is experienced in doing the job with the least amount of pain to the prisoner. He finds Yemalingam (Vijay Sethupathi) whose father and grandfather were hangmen and he himself had hanged a prisoner when he was young. Balu quickly turn all the prisoners into his friends and boldly fights for their rights. Meanwhile Balu’s comrades headed by Kuyili (Karthika) plans to kill Yemalingam but later recruit him and draw a plan to get Balu out of prison. Do they succeed in their mission or not forms the rest.

Relatively slow paced first half is one of the low points of the movie, the other is its songs. Not that the songs are unbearable, but they actually seem out of place in the entire plot. The directors should get the courage to leave out songs if they are not required which is a sad question that remains to be answered. The story of the movie begins slowly and gains momentum towards the end. Director has a good story to tell, but the length of the screenplay and predictability are a letdown.

Leads have been well cast and have a significant role in the film. Vijay Sethupathi is top notch as he steals the show with his comic one liner and often elevates the energy level. Arya’s character is a powerful one but his body language and dialogue delivery fails to impress. It  is a terrific opportunity for Karthika who sinks her teeth into the character. She not only looks confident but her agile body and expressive eyes convey a lot. Shaam makes a fabulous comeback as the tough no-nonsense cop. Background score by Srikanth Deva is a big boost for the film. The film does not even require songs. Camera work is as usual good from Ekambaram. Art work scores big in the movie with that Jail set where the entire movie is shot. Jana is as usual excellent with his thought and dialogs. Overall this is another film where the concept is laudable but fails short in execution..!! 🙂


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