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The frutiful wait for the big arrival of Poomaram has finally come to an end as the much awaited film, which launches Kalidas Jayaram as the lead hero has graced the big screens today (March 15, 2018). The movie, directed by Abrid Shine and produced by Paul Varghese and the director himself, has hit the thatres amidst good amount of hype and let's wait and see how the movie has turned out to be.
Poomaram is set against the backdrop of the MG University Youth Festival. The focus is mainly on Maharaja's College and St. Teresa's College. The plot moves through the various preparations and the events that unfold during the Youth Festival days.
At first, let's see how the cast & crew members of Poomaram have fared for the movie..
Kalidas Jayaram As Gautham
Kalidas Jayaram makes a confident entry as a lead hero. It isn't a role with the usual heroic shades and he has come out successful in portraying the character, as it is. In the film, the young actor gets to play the role of the Chairman of Maharaja's College. He had to perform the sequences in a realistic manner and Kalidas has done that to perfection. Definitely, he is a young talent to reckon with.
Rest Of The Cast
Poomaram features a host of newcomers in important roles and it has to be said that each one of them has put up an impressive show. Especially, the young actresses who represented the students of the St. Teresa's college. Along with them, Joju George also plays a small role in the film as a police officer. Meera Jasmine and Kunchacko Boban appear as themselves in cameo roles.
Script & Direction - Abrid Shine
With his previous two movies, Abrid Shine has proved that he is not the one who follows the routine forms of film-making. Poomaram too, is quite different with its milieu and narrative pattern. Much like his previous venture Action Hero Biju, Abrid Shine has opted for an extremely realistic narration. The story doesn't have the usual twists and turns and the screenplay of the film is layered with various sequences that happen within a span of days. At the same time, the script also conveys quite a few important messages.
The director in him places everything firmly in the initial few sequences itself and thus introducing the audiences to the mood of the film. The way in which he has handled the actors are exemplary, which in turn has given the film some realistic performances. He has placed the poems and songs in the apt manner and thus giving the film a classy feel. The slow pace and the documentary approach of the film might be projected as a drawback but still, such a narrative pattern kept the film's soul intact. At the same time, the film-maker could have kept a check on the running time of the movie.
Poomaram has introduced a bunch of music composers and they have done an excellent job. The songs do stand close to the movie and are the pivotal parts of the film. Gopi Sunder's BGM works big time and he has also impressed with the work of the song appearing towards the climax sequence of the movie.
Other Technical Departments
The cinematography department of Poomaram has been handled by Gnaanam, who had earlier worked with the crew of the Aamir Khan starrer Dangal. He has set some realistic frames and a big round of applause to this man. Editing is by Manoj and he has done a decent job.
Poomaram doesn't boast of well-defined story or something of that sorts. It is quite different from the usual campus tales which were all about fun, colour, fights, love and other commercial fares. Here, we get to see the real events. The tension, the competitive spirit and much more that conspire during the time of a youth festival.
The movie takes its own pace to narrate the events in a real manner. There are some minor glitches in the first half, in connection with the pace of the film. Nevertheless, the film overcomes all these immediately and thus placing us amidst all the happenings. Some of the events, like the rehearsals, preparations, minor fights and the anxieties of the students have been presented in the most realistic manner. Poomaram gives due respect to the word 'art' and more importantly, it also sends out some inspiring messages to the youth.
Poomaram is a fresh and relistic take on the youth festival days of your campus. Don't expect the usual exaggerated campus fares as this one is a class apart. It's poetic and real at the same time, and is filled with life.