PUGAZH MOVIE REVIEW
Staring : Jai, Surabhi
Director : Manimaran
Music : Vivek-Mervin
Production : Varun Manian
Jai has been consistently involved in the process of picking up some best projects in hand and tries to experiment with unique roles. ‘Pugazh’ directed by Manimaran is one such illustration, where he plays the role of an angry young man. The film stars Surabhi in female lead and director Marimuthu plays the negative character with RJ Balaji, Karunaas and few others in important roles.
The story is set against the ordinary backdrops of neighbourhood, where we find Jai as a happy go lucky youngster, with bunch of friends. His locality is always influenced by his words and this indeed helps him to make his friend win the local elections. But what becomes a hurdle is their friendship being tested when the local councillor (Marimuthu) plans to sell the playground to an industrial company.
Director Manimaran has managed to pick up a good script in hand, which could work out well among all centres. But what becomes the slightest diminishing element is the fallible writing. The screenplay if was crafted with more engaging moments, it could have outperformed his maiden debut ‘Udhayam’, which didn’t have any exceptional plot, but screenplay by Vetrimaaran kept it going. The first half rarely has some catchy moments and by the point of intermission, we recognize that something more crucial is placed during the post-intermission. But again, they are dragged by sluggish moments. The dialogues play a strong support to the flimsy script and the action sequences are extraordinarily choreographed.
When it comes to performance, everyone in the cast has tried to give its best and there is nothing to blame upon them. Even for Surabhi, while her role is just miniscule, her screen presence is pretty good and her performance is commendable as well. RJ Balaji offers some refreshing moments through his hilarious scenes. The background score by Vivek and Merwin is worthy of appreciations, especially the ones we hear during the action sequences are very well done.
Overall, Pugazh holds a substantial plot, but if delivered with more power-packed moments, it could have easily gained the brownie points from universal audiences.
Verdict : Strong plot that gets eclipsed by mediocre narration