PODHUVAAGA EN MANASU THANGAM-Review



Produced by-Thenaandal Studios Limited

Scripted and Wielded by-Thalapathi Prabhu

Cast-Udhayanidhi Stalin, Nivetha Pethuraj, Soori, Parthiban, Mayilsami, Namo Narayanan

Running Time-138 minutes

Censor Rating-U

Rating-***

Udhayanidhi Stalin who is used to donning characters that are mostly lighthearted wherein he would go about wooing a girl executing the strategies suggested by his friend. But for a change, he has donned the mantle of a village youth who crusades the cause of his native village. Of course, he has is quota of romantic moments as well as funny moments in the company of Soori. Again, for the first time in his career, he has chosen a script that has been set around a rural backdrop. He has executed himself reasonably well with his softness standing him in good stead even in the crucial scenes. Nivetha Pethuraj is an apt choice as the heroine though she has not much to do in the proceedings. Soori scores well as the friend of the hero and his antics are enjoyable by and large.

But the film’s surprise package is the presence and performance of Parthiban who plays the antagonist! He is very casual and has gone about his character in his usual customary style! Mayilsami who plays his driver does a neat job and is impressive.
The theme seems to be very simple and straightforward-a village bigwig, Uthothukaattan (Parthiban) who is highly conscious of his image in the neighborhood has a specific reason to demean an entire village and keeps moving his coins tactfully. Ganesh (Udhayanidhi Stalin), a vibrant youth from that village targeted by Uthukaattan, begins wooing his daughter, Leelavathi (Nivetha Pethuraj) with a view to get her father to make his village better. As a matter of fact, Ganesh is unaware of Uthukaattan’s hidden agenda. Ganesh’s plans work out favorably as far as making Leela fall in love with him, thanks to the suggestions of Tiger Pandi (Soori), a good friend of Ganesh who is with him almost all the time!

At point, Ganesh realizes the strategies of Uthukaattan who also realizes that Ganesh cannot be considered lightly!

How both of them go around their respective tasks to achieve their goals is the interesting rest!

Udhayanidhi Stalin and Soori make a good combination and it would not be out of place to say that their ‘combo’ is as good as Udhaya’s combination with Santhanam in their earlier outings together!

Udhayanidhi Stalin is slowly but steadily growing up in stature; so is his performance. He looks good also in the song sequences and his footwork is far better when compared to his leg movements in his previous outings! Good going!
The rural rituals-related scenes are a bit bugging at times but the director tactfully shifts base when boredom sets in!

D.Imman has tuned in some hummable numbers. Balasubramaiam has captured the rural locales well the editing of Dinesh Ponraj’s helps to maintain a steady pace.

A good time pass, if not anything else!    

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