- Written by Puri Jagannadh
- Directed by Prabhu Deva
Pokkiri - Movie Highlights
Although Tamil Film Industry is known for better stories but sometime to balance the ecosystem of filmmaking, they need to borrow from other industries. Tamil Industry also has lot of films which are made for mass audience and both Telugu and Tamil industries keep churning many of them which has become fodder for other industries especially Bollywood. Here Prabhudeva joined hands with one of the biggest mass star Vijay and came up with this typical mass entertainer. It's a remake of blockbuster Telugu film 'Pokiri' (2006), whose plot was copied from Johhny Depp-Al Pacino starrer 'Donnie Brasco' (also a Malayalam film 'Evar' starring Jayaram and Biju Menon has the same theme). Later Prabhudeva emulated his success in Hindi version with Salman Khan. Although the Tamil and Hindi versions were super success but none can match the original in terms of its attitude and presentation. But 'Pokkiri' (Rogue) was a big success in Tamil and gave new image to Vijay so as to Salman Khan who had good phase starting from 'Wanted'.
Chennai is being controlled by two mafia gangs, one is Ali Bhai (Prakash Raj), who is based at Dubai and operates through his associates and another by Narashiman (Anandraj) who is at loggerheads with Ali Bhai's gang to gain supremacy. Tamizh (Vijay) is a vagabond and ruffian working for gangs for money. Along with his few friends he first joins Narashiman but later joins Ali Bhai's associates all for the money. He falls in love with Sruthi (Asin), an aerobic teacher who lives with her single mother and a kid brother. Her neighbor Body Soda (Vadivelu) keeps pestering her for marriage although there is lot of age difference between them, which leads to comical situations now and then. A corrupt police officer, Govindan (Mukesh Tiwari), who works for Ali Bhai, is attracted to Sruthi and keeps harassing her. When Tamizh saves her from his clutches, she falls in love with Tamizh but is unaware of his activities. Their closeness enrages Govindan and he keeps track on Tamizh. Working for Ali Bhai, Tamizh helps the gang in killing Narashiman's henchman. Sruthi who wants a courageous man to take care of her and her family proposes to Tamizh but at the same time Narashiman's men attack them. He kills many of them ruthlessly in front of her and reveals her his true identity of being a hit-man and on a wrong path and asks her to reconsider her proposal. Sruthi is shocked to learn that Tamizh is a gangster with no qualms about killing people. In the meantime Ali Bhai visits Chennai on some big plans and kills Narashiman. He meets Tamizh and others and chalks out plan to kill a minister to which Tamizh objects because it would also kill several innocent children which enrages Ali Bhai. Exactly at the same time a police raid happens and Ali Bhai is arrested. Ali Bhai's henchmen retaliate and kidnap the daughter of Police Commissioner, Mohammed Moideen Khan (Napoleon). They film her lewd video using which they threaten Khan to release Ali Bhai or they will release the video to the media and the internet. When Ali Bhai returns to his den he comes to know through Khan's daughter that an undercover officer has infiltrated their gang and has been tracking them for long. How Ali Bhai finds out the true identity of the infiltrator and whether Tamizh is able to contain Ali Bhai revealing his true identity forms the crux of the story?
When a movie becomes hit, everything about it is appealing. Well, this is the typical Tamil movie for mass audience but can be liked by others also. The emphasis is on pacy narration and the approach has worked. Prabhudeva sincerely follows the original and does a fine job of creating a mass film knowing the pulse of the audience. Its story is peppered with fast-paced action, romance, comedy etc all put into one and is designed as a mass masala extravaganza which is the requirement of general audiences who flock to theatres and celebrate the same. It has all the necessary ingredients that go into making a commercial pot boiler. Superb direction lends the necessary touch culminating into a fine commercial film. Nirav Shah's Cinematography, Kola Bhaskar's slick editing and superbly choreographed action scenes are major highlights of the film. Fight master Vijayan has done a fantastic job. Action scenes in a local train and the shoot-out in the ruins along with the climax sequence will make the adrenaline rush. Music is another plus. With so much going on in the story, the songs are fitted well into the narrative which adds commercial value to the film. 'Vasanthamullai', 'Aadungada Ennai Suthi', 'Tamil Tamil' and 'Dola Dola' songs are catchy and peppy. Background score is impressive and elevates the mood of the film. Apart from action, the romance gets equal weight, and the dance sequences are fantastic. The movie's most important factor is its tempo which does not sag through the entire length of the movie, but is definitely not without flaws. While comedy track is jarring and off track, too much action and glamour work against the drama of the film. The film's pace is upped a little once Prakashraj makes an appearance. The big twist is quite predictable but manages to be thrilling because of the way it is presented.
When a film is conceived, the right casting plays a very important role in the success of the film. And here Vijay comes back with a bang. His strong screen presence works to the advantage of the film. His cool attitude and characterization makes 'Being Bad' has never been better. He looks fresh, young and full of energy. Asin looking gorgeous is another attraction for the movie. Both Vijay and Asin share terrific on-screen chemistry and it is a highlight of the movie. Prakash Raj as Ali is the ultimate villain in the film. His mannerisms and body language would surely win applause. By now he has perfected the combination of villainy and humor which he tried in every other film thereafter. Napolean, as an honest cop, is a standout and steals the show in certain intense moments. Mukesh Tiwari does a remarkably effective job of coming across as a genuine creep. Nasser is convincing and solid as usual.
This action packed entertainer is sure to strike the right chord with Ilaiya Dalapathi's fans and the masses.