Saturday, 24 November 2012

Poda Podi review

Synopsis: The biggest dream of dancer Nisha (Varu Sarathkumar) is to win a dance reality show. When she meet animations artist Arjun (Silambarasan), their priorities in life clash.

Movie Review: Director-writer Vignesh Shiva's urban romantic comedy may have been long in the making but is perfect foil for the season's biggy 'Thuppakki'. 'Podaa Podi' is a light tale about the love-hate relationship between Nisha and Arjun. Aptly set in London, debutant Vignesh gives us a broad picture about the clashes between a highly conservative Tamil man and a broad-minded NRI woman. The movie is well acted and shot, and even though the screenplay is wafer-thin, it keeps the audience going as the laughs keep coming.New face Varalaxmi Sarathkumar comes out with a decent performance as the chirpy and chatty Nisha, and proves her flexibility as a dancer. Silambarasan comes out well as usual and shows off his prowess as a 'kuthu dancer' (as a chapter in the movie is titled). He also gets his share of thrills, but goes overboard by making fun or taking lines or enacting characters out of his earlier movies.

Ganesh, a staple in all Silambarasan movies since 'Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa', evokes laughter as Arjun's uncle. He mumbles more English than he actually speaks, but this is exactly what make him hilarious. Shobana, though, has little to do as Nisha's guardian.

Duncan Telford does a good job behind the camera, and the shots which look best come when the couple stay apart. Dharan Kumar has composed okay songs, but the one that stands out is the title track 'Podaa Podi', which has been doing well on all radio stations.

Podaa Podi is strictly a movie for youngsters. The story is lopsided at most times, titling towards the man's point-of-view. It might win loud applause in the theatres, but it is doubtful as to how many viewers will support it otherwise.

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