Featuring child actors in lead roles, SD Vijay Milton's Goli
Soda should not be confused with a children's film. It has the
innocence of Mani Ratnam's Anjali, the bravery
of Brazilian film City of God and the mischievousness of
Little Rascals, all laced together with the spirit of a Tamil film
presented in a format audiences will cheer.
Take the four lead characters of this film; put them in a soda bottle and shake it until it explodes...that's Goli Soda for you. An entertaining tale of friendship that fizzes with irreverent humour and romance that instantly strikes a chord with the viewers.
Set against the backdrop of Koyambedu market in Chennai, the
film's story is about four teenagers' pursuit for identity.
Orphaned since birth, the four lead characters, best friends, work
as porters in the market and they lead a complacent life.
The only adult in their lives is Aachi (aunt), their employer
who makes them feel loved and cared. Having realized that the
porter job doesn't promise them a bright future, the four friends,
with the help of Aachi meet Naidu who owns the market. They seek
help in acquiring a loan to start their own business. Naidu leases
them one of his own shops where they start a hotel and soon start
delivering food to over 350 shops in the market.
Just when the hotel starts to give these kids an identity to be
associated with, an incident sets in motion events that change
their lives forever. What is that incident and how much of damage
does it cause on their lives? This forms the crux of the film's
Most of us would see these kids as a gang, but the film shows us
that they form a team so strong that separating them means doing
something unthinkable. The entire premise is built on this
friendship that translates wonderfully on screen from the opening
scene to the brilliant climax fight sequence.
Director Milton spins a realistic tale, backed by engaging
screenplay, around this friendship and gives us plenty of reasons
not to just enjoy his work but even come back and watch it.
First featured in 2009 Tamil comedy Pasanga, the four
lead characters display maturity in their respective roles. You can
see that they have grown by some extent and that's evident in their
performance aptly supported by vigour and confidence. They make you
root for the heroes in them but the irony is that they never
display heroism throughout the film.
In a scene where they could run away from imminent threat, they
refrain from doing so because one of them says, "we can't fight
like adults, but neither can we run away because we're kids". It's
scenes like these that make you root for the heroes in
Goli Soda is a slap in the face of heroism. It proves
that the story is the real star of a film and it's precisely
because of it that the entertainer emerges as a winner.
Milton as the writer, director and cinematographer gives us a
slice-of-life story in the streets of one of the busiest markets in
the country. He supports his story with well-captured shots, edited
scenes and sharp dialogues that augment the film on the whole from
an entertainment perspective. He extracts the best from his actors,
especially from his lead cast, who make a great team. He makes us
believe that the kids would eventually turn heroes in the end, but
they only become stronger, braver and smarter.
If you want your thirst for entertainment to be quenched,
Goli Soda guarantees that.