Poraali Movie Online Review, Porali Rating (3/5)


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Cast: Sasikumar, Swathi

Music: Sundar C Babu

Direction: Samuthirakani

Production: P.Samuthirakani


Review: Sasikumar - Samuthirakani magic worked again!

Samuthirakani's Poraali traverses a familiar path and though there are plotholes, takes you to the finishing point.

The film is almost like two different films linked by an intermission; so different are the stories and locations occupied by both. First, you have a random scene where two men escape their quarters into the pouring rain and then, it's straight to bustling Chennai, where Ilankumaran and his friend (Allari Naresh) make a swashbuckling entry into Ganja Karuppu's home, and set up camp there.

Much hilarity ensues, as you're shown glimpses of life in middle-class Chennai: a couple permanently squabbles, the house-owner says that he lets his house out only to "families"; a drunk bachelor who awards kisses to everyone he meets.

Ilankumaran gets himself and his friend a job at the Indian Oil bunk and pretty soon, he proves himself adept at dispensing assistance and advice (plenty of the latter), to everyone he meets. He's the good samaritan and could easily have turned out to be a bore but his pithy one-liners and quirky smiles save the proceedings.

As expected, romance makes an appearance in the form of Bharathi (Swathi), a dancer in the movies, who rubs him up the wrong way and then (predictably) realizes his good heart.

But things are not all hunky-dory: Kumaran has a mysterious past, and men are looking for him, with only one motive -- his death. Just when you think that it's your average villain-chasing-hero story, you're given a twist at intermission which does take you by surprise.

There's a certain magnetism connected to Sasikumar that makes the film work even when he flips his unkempt hair and utters platitudes by the dozen. He isn't saying anything new and yet, his deadpan expression, and sincerity make you believe that he's not just spouting random words, but is speaking from experience.

The lurking humour in his eyes make sure you laugh at the jokes, and he's ably assisted by Ganja Karuppu who has thrown off his lewd tricks and is back in form.

Swathi has improved from her original turn in Subramaniapuram, while Nivetha puts in a good performance.

The Chennai neighbourhood and the drunk, in particular, are hilarious; Jayaprakash appears in a brief role and as usual, does well. And Soori (of Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu fame) is fantastic with his comic timing and punches.

The minuses are the jerky pacing. The story meanders in about half a dozen directions before you connect all the threads, and the climax is just a masala fest. A bit disappointing, when you consider the hard work invested in the two hours, so far.

Sundar C Babu's music is, frankly, terrible. His background scores shrieks and screams at odd places, and tries to infuse drama where the movie tries to be subtle.

Kathir's camera work makes sure it pushes the story to the forefront; the editing could have been tauter.

The director manages to infuse enough humour and heart into Poraali to make it work.

Poraali is worth a watch

Review 2

Sasikumar and Samuthirakani have delivered it once again. The duo which swept away the audience with their 2009 blockbuster Nadodigal has once again proven that they are worth of bringing the audience to the movie halls. Swathy has made her comeback thro Porali. Check out the Tamil movie review – ‘Porali’

Kumaran is the role played by Sasikumar, in the first half he is shown as a Chennai guy lives a peaceful life with his family and friends. Then enters Bharathy the role played by Swathy of Subramaniapuram fame in the life of Kumaran. Bharathy falls in love with Kumaran seeing his good and playful nature. But Kumaran does not reciprocates her love towards him and keeps on avoiding. But at one stage Kumaran accepts her love and they both start to stay happy.
But then Nallavan arrives Chennai, the role is played by Allari Naresh. He meets Kumaran and speaks about some serious issues. With a thrilling tone the first half ends. Then in the second half it is full of flash back.Sasi kumar plays a dialogue about srilanka in a jovial manner. With many terrific twists and scenes the films comes to an end.

Really tamil people should take it as a proud moment to thank Samuthirakani for bringing a painful story to life. Sasikumar essays the role very maturedly, his expressions, angers, pain shown is the pulse of the movie. Swathy steals the audience with her charm and softness.
Kanja Karuppu and Soori bring the theater down with their funny moments. Jaya Prakash who is well known for supportive roles has proved once again that he is the best choice for Porali. Not only that each actor is given apt importance to score in the film. With such a good story, screenplay and narration surely Samuthirakani’s Porali is set to rock once again.

SR Kathir the cinematographer who captured our hearts through Subramaniapuram has once again done his job with perfection. Music by Sundar C Babu is an added advantage the Sambho Shiva Sambho song which gave life to Nadodigal, has re-created the magic once again with stunning Bgms in Porali.
Above all it is Samuthirakani the director and writer has proved that he is a creator who can give bold messages in an easier way.

Porali is a movie to be cherised. There are many interesting things to watch out in Porali. So grab your tickets with ur family and friends to have a quality time spent in the theaters.

Strength : Sasikumar’s acting, and Samuthirakani’s narration. To be simple It is a team victory.

Poraali Movie Review
Reviewed by TheCinemaNews on 1 Dec 2011.
Sasikumar - Samuthirakani magic worked again!. 
Sasikumar’s acting, and Samuthirakani’s narration. To be simple It is a team victory.
Rating: 3


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