Samuthirakani and Sasi Kumar are formidable talents in the Tamil film industry, beckoning the new age cinema that defies all the existing clichés. You expect the movie to take you seriously and most importantly not challenge your intelligence by conjuring up a formulaic fare. It’s also quite natural that Poraali has garnered the immense interest and deservedly so. For starters, yes Poraali has its heart in its place. It’s not your run of the mill entertainer; nevertheless, Samuthirakani has tried hard to achieve the perfect balance between commercial and serious cinema and accomplishes what he set out for, if not with flying colors.
Poraali deals with the concept that Man is a social animal and often, man has the tendency to cross the barriers of being a human percolating into the animal category. You are a Poraali, the film seems to say, if you are even able to succeed in this man eats man world. The mere existence demands a lot of perseverance and that is exactly what Poraali tries to establish. However, you will find traces of other films and that the concept is nothing new but Samuthirakani makes it up with his presentation and the interesting twists he populates the story with.
It’s almost as if the movie is divided into two parts; first half set in Chennai’s thronging concrete jungle where people rush about their lives without time for anything else, the second half is set in an urban setting but nothing relaxed nonetheless. The movie opens with an interestingly curious scene and what ensues is the comical opening of Sasikumar and Allari Naresh’s entry into Ganja Karuppu’s house in Chennai. There is enough humor and Sasikumar finds a job in a petrol filling station. Soon, he gains popularity in his job because he has a way with words. Inevitably, he also falls in love but he has a dark secret from the past that is haunting him. He is a man on the run and there are people who are thirsty for his blood. All this is revealed in an interesting twist and the movie takes on a jet’s pace after this.
Sasikumar is the star of the movie. While he takes on the role of a man from a village trying to fit into the urban atmosphere in the first half, his rural garb in the second half is impeccable. His eyes exude an intensity his acting sometimes cannot and if there are any loopholes in the story, you tend to not raise a huge hue and cry about it because Sasikumar’s involvement in his performance makes you forget everything else.
Alluri Naresh fits the role and his combination with Ganja Karuppu and Sasikumar evokes enough laughter, lightening up the proceedings. Talking of which, there is subtle humor throughout the script despite Sasikumar’s witty one-liners that explicitly proclaim his intelligence.
While Swati and Nivedha are good in what they do, it’s Vasundhara who makes you sit up and take notice. Although in a tiny role, she scores better than the other two. Others, including Jayaprakash and Namo Narayana are regulars from the Samuthirakani camp and their characters are neatly fleshed out. Sundar C Babu proves to be a major letdown, sadly, with neither his background score nor his songs making a mark in the movie’s proceedings. Kathir’s camera is sharp in capturing the images of middle-class Chennai and the urban milieu.
Poraali has its moments, both light and heavy, and the movie has its heart at the right place. Samuthirakani ought to have paid attention to his editor who seems to have slacked in many places leaving the script travel as its heart intended. Nevertheless, the movie is worth a watch.
Verdict: Worth a watch!
Verdict : Worth a watch!
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