Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai: Film Review – An interesting tale about India’s modern day freedom fighter

 Be it ‘E’ or ‘Peranmai’, director S. P. Jananathan has always made films that have highlighted the problems in our society. In all his films, the protagonist rises as the man who battles problems with his wit and strength. The director does something similar with his new film, Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai (PEP) and this time, he has made it a political-thriller based in Tamil Nadu. Exploring the plight of how India was used as a dump yard by other countries, this movie is gripping, taut and intense. Despite providing some engaging moments, the plot derails. Because of this, the last few portions of the film feel ambiguous.

The film tries to explore the concept of patriotism and its initial sequences try to establish this with some solid scenes. The dramatization is compelling, mainly due to how one event leads into another. This thriller may not be a heavy cat-and-mouse chase, but it hits you hard, and that’s where the film grips you.
Arya is already cuffed and is kept captive by the police. The interaction between him and the disciplined police officer (Shaam), and the struggles Karthika Nair and Vijay Sethupathi endure to help Arya escape are what make the film an engaging watch. If the first half of the film tries to establish the characterization, then the second half of the film is heavy on dialogues. Rather than focusing on the issue of communalism and how our protagonist changes the society with his ideas, the plot of this film focuses on how people get framed and fall prey to the wrong side of justice.
The plot and story of the film are neat and crisp. However, some of the dialogues seem a little too dramatic and rehearsed. This is also visible in some of the director’s previous films. For instance, every time Shaam assigns a duty to one of his subordinates, he gives them instructions as if he’s instructing a child. That’s where the flow of the script feels rehearsed. But the other dialogues of this film stand out, adding depth to each scene.
Arya delivers a noteworthy performance as the communist.  However, it is a tad difficult to picture him in the role of a rebel, more precisely the role of a prisoner. With silky hair and a glowing complexion, Arya seems rather well-groomed for the role. It is a delight to watch Shaam onscreen again. He looks dapper in his khaki and delivers a neat performance. Balancing humorous and serious dialogues, Vijay Sethupathi is convincing in his role. The art and cinematography add to the film’s distinct packaging. The sequences shot in Rajasthan and Darjeeling are not only visually appealing, but they also add intensity to the sequence. On the downside, the length of the film and the songs seem unnecessary. 
Why should you watch this film?
Overall, this film is interesting and engaging. Watch it if you’re a fan of political-thrillers, and if you have enjoyed S. P. Jananathan’s films in the past.

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  1. saju -kerala

    May 17, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    good film..last climax very shocking….

  2. Sara

    May 24, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Very worst movie

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