Director: Santhosh P. Jayakumar; Cast: Prabhu Deva, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Raiza Wilson, Prakash Raj, Baby Aazhiya, Jegan, Shaam, John Kokken
Premiere in Theaters; Duration: 118 minutes
IANS classification: ***
Director Santhosh P Jayakumar’s ‘Poikkal Kuthirai’ is a proper commercial entertainment that bets heavily on father-daughter sentiment. The movie also has a nice little investigation track that makes the story interesting and engaging.
The story, for all practical purposes, can be written off as run of the mill, were it not for the fact that the protagonist is a man with limited physical abilities and limited resources facing an incredibly difficult challenge that requires quite a bit of effort. physical effort to overcome it.
Kathiravan (played by Prabhu Deva), a one-legged amputee, is a very content man whose world revolves around his little daughter Magizh (Baby Aazhiya). With the passing of his wife, Kathiravan’s priority is to ensure that his daughter receives a good education as desired by his late wife.
Life is peaceful until one day, her daughter collapses on stage during a school performance. He learns that she has a medical condition that will require surgery that will cost him a large sum of money. When Kathiravan runs out of options, her imprisoned father (Prakash Raj) suggests that he kidnap the young daughter of a great industrialist Rudra (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar) and demand money. Reluctantly, Kathiravan begins to monitor Rudra’s child’s movements in an attempt to save Rudra’s sick child from him. However, just as he is about to kidnap the child, a dramatic event occurs that stuns not only Rudra but also Kathiravan…
The movie is interesting in parts. Poikkal Kuthirai gets off to a slow start, with incidents shown to highlight the deep bond between father and daughter.
The film begins to speed up only after it becomes clear that Kathiravan’s son is fighting for his life and that the man has no money. However, an unnecessary episode involving a non-governmental organization scamming money slows the film down again.
It begins to recover the lost rhythm with more significant news. By the time the first half ends, the story has you paying attention. In fact, Santhosh ends the first half with a flourish, posing a very interesting question that piques your curiosity. The second half is full of twists and turns and keeps you quite engaged.
The film has some commendable performances. Prabhu Deva should be given credit for the phenomenal effort he has put into playing a one-legged character. Playing a one-legged person means shifting all of your body weight onto one leg. Standing on one leg for any length of time alone can be challenging. But Prabhu Deva appears not only to have stood up, but he also danced and wrestled with one leg, an incredibly demanding effort. For carrying out this challenge magnificently, Prabhu Deva earns brownie points.
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar’s performance as always is impressive. In fact, it seems that she has also worked on delivering his dialogue. While in the past, she has been known to recite her lines, she speaks at a reasonably decent pace in this movie, which adds a lot more value to her performance.
John Kokken as Varalaxmi’s husband and comedian Jegan give impeccable performances. Actors Shaam and Raiza Wilson don’t have much to do in the film. Baby Aazhiya, who plays Prabhu Deva’s daughter in the film, is adorable.
D Imman’s background score is almost okay. The movie has a couple of upbeat songs that seem to have moved the masses.
Despite a good story and an interesting way of narrating, the movie leaves you bored from time to time. This boredom could have been avoided if the film’s editor had been ruthless in her work.
Santhosh Jayakumar’s ‘Poikkal Kuthirai’ is a mixed bag. In other words, it’s a movie that works in parts.