The film highlights the thin line that divides infatuation and love. It highlights how an increasing number of today's youngsters consider infatuation and love as one and the same. Simultaneously, the film also focuses on the role of parents in their child's upbringing, especially their teenage sons and daughters.
I loved the fact that the film subtly gives more importance to
parenting than merely focussing on the teenage romance of its
protagonists. It points out that most youngsters resort to doing
what they are not supposed to do since they have been opposed by
their parents. It instantly reminds us of our days as youngsters
and when we did things that were considered taboo by our
Aadhav's father is an understanding parent who satisfies every
small need of his growing son, while Gayathrie's father doubts every action
of his teenage daughter.
Unfortunately, PP lets its viewers down with a flawed
execution. The time it spends to make its lead characters
understand their emotions and come to terms with themselves, is a
long wait and so not worth it. One wishes the film was shorter. The
songs could have been done away with as they were not just a
distraction, but a complete turn off.
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A young face to do youth roles in upcoming Tamil movies. Aadhav
seems to be a good son for Kishore than a good beau for
Gayathrie has improved a lot compared to her previous flicks.
They both hit it off as an aimless young pair, but miss the energy
to create ripples with their performances.
Kishore and Anupama Kumar as Aadhav's parents are the best
characters in the entire film. Scenes between them were a treat to
watch, while the scenes featuring Kishore and Aadhav, despite being
melodramatic, were powerful.
To underline the importance of parenting, director AC Durai
creates two extremely opposite father characters of the boy and
girl, respectively. PP despite trying to not sound
preachy, it fails to keep the audiences hooked due to its dragged
Music by C Sathya doesn't even qualify to be called average. The
jarring background score only added to the woes of the viewers, who
were already bored by the film's narration.
Ponmaalai Pozhudhu is a lazy attempt on a theme that
needed mature performances and equally good screenplay. Sadly, the
movie would only be remembered for its flaws even though it has
some plus points.