After dishing out meaningful movies like Iyarkai, E and Peranmai, director SP Jananathan is back with Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai. Does the movie live up to its reputation? Does it carry a social message for which its director is known for? Read our review to know.
Arya is an
activist who believes in principles of communism. What happens when
you pull out all the stops to bring about a positive change in our
society? You fall prey to the wrong side of justice.
That's exactly what happens to Arya, who gets a death penalty
for alleged illegal undertakings against the country. While
Vijay Sethupathi plays the
executioner(hangman), Shaam plays a police officer, who handles the
Karthika Nair, who is a close associate
to Arya, tries her best to avoid him being hanged. How does she do
it? Does she succeed? How is Vijay Sethupathi connected to the
entire saga? These questions are answered in a compelling manner
throughout the film.
One of the film's main strength is its performances by the lead
cast that includes Karthika Nair which is refreshing to see in a
All four(Arya, Vijay, Shaam and Karthika) excel in their
respective roles, thereby, doing complete justice to SP
Jananathan's wonderful characters.
Though the movie mainly revolves around its four central
characters, the supporting cast too chips in with convincing acts
Art Director Selva Kumar N scores big in this movie as all his
sets are unbelievably real especially the prison set which is the
heart of this movie.
Cinematographer NK Ekambaram has done a fantastic job as well.
The last one hour gets as racy as it can get and the cameraman has
stood up to the challenge by capturing the beautiful snow filled
place which is a gift to the audience.
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.
When will our directors get the courage to leave out songs if
they are not required is a sad question that remains to be
answered. Background score is gripping and adds substance.
With 2 hours and 40 minutes of run time, the film is mostly
riveting. On the flip side, it could've been an out and out edge of
the seat thriller sans songs and a couple of slashed
Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai is definitely yet
another good film by SP Jananathan. It has a subtle message and
will keep you hooked throughout.
Check out the slides below for some of the best scenes
and a few interesting trivia about the movie:
Vijay Sethupathi And Karthika Nair
The movie is jointly produced by UTV Motion Pictures and S. P.
Jananathan's production house Binary Pictures. The film was earlier
titled 'Purampokku', a term used for a piece of land that is common
to all, like a lake or a graveyard.
Karthika Nair The 'Hero'
Posters released from the production unit revealed Arya with a
resemblance of Bhagat Singh. Karthika Nair was signed to play the
lead female role, as she could speak Tamil fluently and had to
share screen space with two tall heroes.
Arya And Karthika
Principal photography of the film started on 11 January 2014 in
Kulu Manali. The film was shot extensively around Himachal Pradesh,
Rajasthan and Chennai.
Karthika The Stunt-Woman
It was said that Karthika's role would be an action-packed one
where she would perform her stunt sequences herself. Jananathan
stated that though there are two heroes in the film, there will be
just one heroine.
Shaam The Upright Cop
Shaam, who earlier appeared in director's debut film
Iyarkai (2003), was selected to play the role of police
officer. A promotional photo-shoot with Arya, Vijay Sethupathy and
Shaam was held in December 2013.
One Of The Best Scene
When filming an emotional scene involving Shaam and Vijay
Sethupathi, Jananathan shot the scene in a unique way such that, he
allowed the actors to enact the entire sequence at one
Vijay The Performer
The shooting was postponed for a while in June 2014 as the lead
actors went to complete their other projects. The lead actors also
had to learn to ride a camel for a few scenes in the film shot in
Vijay Sethupathi With Karthika
Arya had to perform a risky stunt of running on top of a moving
train in an important sequence in the film. A huge prison set was
erected in Chennai where an extensive 45 day production schedule
was shot with the lead actors.
The Direct Face-Off
In August 2013, cinematographer Natraj Subramaniam claimed that
he had already registered the title 'Purampokku', claiming that he
did not give anyone permission to use the title, he also reportedly
threatened to take legal action against anyone who did so.
On The Way To Face Death
The film was later retitled Purampokku Engira
Podhuvudamai, with the director saying, "the word 'Purampokku'
has become abusive today, the title was needed to stress upon the
forgotten fact that everything is common for all".