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<i>Pogaru</i> - Review

Friday, October 13, 2006
Yet another action flick from Vishal
Vishal has become a famous action hero with his recent hit Pandem Kodi. In order to cash in on his action hero image, yet another action flick of Vishal in Tamil Timiru has been dubbed into Telugu. The film has all the ingredients that could attract the mass audiences with lots of action scenes, sizzling duets with three heroines including Reema Sen, Shreya Reddy and Kiran Rathode. The director had succeeded in keeping all the commercial elements in tact to attract the frontbenchers. Moreover, the character was like tailor-made for Vishal.

Ganesh (Vishal) is the lone son to his parents and theirs is a very happy family. Ganesh's paternal uncle is a police officer (Bhanuchander). Ganesh pursues his medicine course. Ganesh and his parents are on their way to a temple, when they come across Eswari (Shreya Reddy) who is threatening a family for repayment of loan. However, she had a confrontation with Amala (Reema Sen), who tried to pacify the situation. When Eswari disrobes Amala, Ganesh comes to her rescue. To teach Eswari a lesson, Ganesh bashes the goons who were following her and disrobes her. So Eswari is out to get Ganesh married in a month. In fact, Eswari is a loving sister of two money lenders (Manoj K Jain and IM Vijayan). However, Ganesh foils her attempts and in the melee Eswari gets an accidental death. Before her death, Eswari asks her brothers to take revenge against Ganesh and to see him not to married to anyone. To save Ganesh from the clutches of Eswari's brothers, Ganesh's uncle sends him to Vizag and keeps it secret. However, Amala happens to be the daughter of Vishal's professor in medical college. When some students try to kill Amala to take revenge against the professor, Vishal saves her. Now Amala comes to know that it is Ganesh, who rescued her again. The goons of Eswari gang are after Ganesh and finds him in Vizag. One of the brothers of Eswari (IM Vijayan) also dies in a clash with Ganesh. Now the elder brother escapes from the jail and decide to take revenge against Ganesh and kidnaps Amala. Ganesh teaches him a good lesson and explains them that the bloodshed and revenge are of no use saying that they don't know the value of life but being a doctor he knows about it very well as it is the doctors who give life instead of taking them. With this, the story ends on a happy note.

Vishal played the angry youngman's role and his performance is the biggest plus point for the film. He showed good timing in playing innocence as well as an action hero. His black complexion suited the baddy image well. Next it is Shreya Reddy who stole the show. The way she delivered the dialogues, her histrionics and performance as a reckless woman were quite apt to her character. Her leg-shake with the hero is perfect and the audiences had the taste of romantic touch in the duet. Another plus point for the film is the choreography of action scenes. Though they were cinematic, they would attract the mass audiences well. Reema Sen's glamour added some flavour to the film, while Kiran Rathode, who took part in an item song is sizzling.

The film had some minus points too. The director did not establish the villains well. Though Shriya Reddy's role is perfect, the other two male villains characterisation is not so perfect. Even Bhanuchander's character is also looked redundant. Comedy by Vadivelu is hilarious but the treatment of the role with everyone beating him looked a little boring.

Though the film has many commercial elements, the film still had the Tamil scent. The director tried to mix some melodrama with action in the form of street violence. Yuan Shankar Raja's tunes are okay, while the re-recording is fine. Priyan's camera work is average in regular scenes and good in action choreography. A couple of songs were also picturised beautifully. The screenplay moved quickly in the second half when the hero reveals the flashback. The first half, however, moved at a little slow pace. But the climax will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Cast: Vishal, Reema Sen, Shreya Reddy, Vadivelu, Manoj K Jain, IM Vijayan, Nizhalgal Ravi, Bhanuchander, Kiran Rathod and others.

Cinematography - Priyan
Presents - GK Reddy
Music - Yuvan Shankar Raja
Producer - Vikram Krishna
Story, Screenplay and direction - Tarun Gopi.
Banner - GK Films Corporation.
Released on - October 13, 2006.

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