(Kamal Hassan) is an irresponsible villager and a brave
warrior. He has a big bank balance and the most fertile
farming land in his village. He has no problems in life.
Kodanda Reddy (Pasupathi) and Nagama Naidu (Napoleon)
are landlords in that village who eye the fertile land
of Pothuraju. One day, a murder attempt is made on Pothuraju
and Kodanda Reddy's niece Adi Lakshmi (Abhirami) rescues
him. He instantly falls in love with her. But something
terrible happens later and Pothuraju is framed in a
murder case. From here the movie steps into a realm
that is totally new with two narrations, by Kodanda
Reddy and Pothuraju, of the same events that took place.
You have to watch the movie to know more.
Kamal Hassan is very authentic
in the role of a rustic and innocent Pothuraju. He never
went over-board in his histrionics and gave a very controlled
performance. SP Balasubramanyam dubbed his voice. Abhirami
is simply superb in the role of a rustic beauty. Her
role is a bit de-glamorized yet very soulful. The dubbing
voice given to her is excellent. Pasupathi
is amazing as the bad guy. Napoleon
also has a vital role, though the duration is less.
Nazar is good in his brief
role. Rohini is apt for the role of journalist.
- screenplay - direction: The story of the film
appears pretty trivial. But what makes this story interesting
is the narration. Kamal Hassan used two versions - one
each by Pasupati and Kamal Hassan. By placing Pasupati's
narration first, he created curiosity to know what exactly
happened in the real story. All the doubts would be
clarified in Kamal Hassan's version later. Though the
same scenes were used for both the narrations, they
do not come across as redundant as the second version
gives a different perspective. Screenplay of the film
is good. Kamal Hassan's direction should be commended.
Music by Ilayaraja is a major asset to the film. The
music blends seamlessly with the flow and theme of the
film to make the audiences get more involved into the
narrative. The songs are good and most of them are melodies.
These songs transport us to the Ilayaraja's era of 1980s.
This is definitely Ilayaraja's best work in the recent
- lyrics: Dialogues play a vital role in dubbing
films. It is very difficult to translate the mood and
feel of the film by translating the dialogues with lip
sync. Vennelakanti did a spending job translating dialogues
that keep the mood of the film intact. Lyrics are also
good. One dialogue that transformed the character and
attitude of Pothuraju in this film is -
Kshaminchamani adigevadu pedda manishi'
departments: Keshav Prakash's cinematography is
good. Artwork by Prabhakar is authentic. Fights composed
by Vikram Dharma are realistic (except for the jail
fight) and make an impact.
'Pothuraju' is the remake of a Tamil hit 'Virumandi'
(released for this Sankranthi in Tamilnadu). First half
is interesting. Second half is OK. The climax (jail
fight) is stretched beyond the limits. Positive aspects
of the film are 2-version narration, actors' performance,
Ilaya Raja's music and Vennelakanti's dialogues. Negative
points are documentary feel, dragged at times, lack
of nativity and the climax fight. All the movie lovers
who love watching good cinema (though not a commercial
one) should watch this film.
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