Director: J. J. Fredrick
Solid: Jyotika, Parthieban, Bhagyaraj, Thiagarajan, Pratap Pothen
This can be a welcome notice that Tamil cinema has tailored to instances and owing to the inconceivable pandemic, first-time director JJ Fredrick’s Ponmagal Vandhal (The Golden Woman Has Arrived) used to be driven directly onto a streaming platform, Amazon, with out looking ahead to the cinemas to reopen.
In an interview, Fredrick mentioned that small motion pictures like his must wait a very long time for a theatrical free up even after halls had begun functioning, as a result of massive, big-budget films would get the primary choice.
With Jyotika enjoying debutant attorney, Venba, in Ooty (the place the movie is about), Ponmagal Vandhal is a criminal offense mystery and felony drama rolled into one. In 2004, a sequence of kid rapes and murders within the Nilgiris (the place Ooty is situated) lead the police to arrest whom they describe as a North Indian girl and shoot her, declaring that she used to be a “psycho Killer”. Folks in Ooty and round are made to imagine that she used to be the perpetrator, and a mass hysteria is generated.
Fifteen years later, Petition Pethuraj (Bhagyaraj) reopens the case and asks his daughter, Venba, to struggle it out in court docket. Recognized for searching for felony redress for probably the most trivial of reasons (together with a fly in his glass of tea), Pethuraj isn’t taken significantly through the townsfolk. However they’re indignant that Venba will have to have taken up cudgels for a ruthless serial killer.
Fredrick, who additionally wrote the screenplay, divulges many main points halfway in the course of the film, leaving one twist to the very finish. Even though Jyotika is spectacular because the attorney combating to set proper a gross improper and nab the responsible and is ably supported through Bhagyaraj and Pratap Pothen (who essays the pass judgement on), Ponmagal Vandhal (produced through Surya and Jyotika) has been impressed such a lot through Jolly LLB and Jolly LLB 2 (each in Hindi) that the Tamil movie can have neatly been a remake.
The defence suggest, Rajarathinam (Partheiban), jogged my memory of Boman Irani in Jolly LLB and Annu Kapoor in Jolly LLB 2 – each protecting the culprits. Jyotika gave the impression extra like Warsi in Jolly LLB, who reopens a case through submitting a public hobby litigation. Lots of the court docket scenes within the Tamil paintings seem to have been lifted from the 2 Hindi titles, particularly one of the crucial arguments of the defence and pass judgement on’s mannerisms. Even the pretend stumble upon within the Jyotika-starrer comes, in some way, from Jolly LLB 2.
Sadly, there may be little or no novelty in Ponmagal Vandhal, apart from for the truth that Jyotika’s Venba makes use of tears and feelings to persuade the pass judgement on with little or no laborious proof to turn out her level! How would this stand in a court docket of legislation? It beats me.
A lot of Tamil cinema is shoddily penned, and scriptwriters show off lethargy and take the straightforward means out through lifting scenes or concepts from different motion pictures – and no longer simply Hindi however even overseas. Ponmagal Vandhal in spite of its daring try to bypass the theatre, fails to provide any plot originality.
Ponmagal Vandhal is streaming on Amazon Top.
(Gautaman Bhaskaran is creator, commentator and film critic)