Cast: Dhanush, Sneha, Sonia Agarwal
Gist: Danush is a high school student. His father kills his mother and all of a sudden his life is turned upside down. He runs away from home fearing his own life and ends up in a gang. There he kills as it is necessary for his survival. He likes the adrenaline rush he gets out of killing people and kills people just because he can. He slowly climbs his way up. One wrong move against the politician he works with costs him dearly and he learns that one also needs a little diplomacy and patience to become a big shot.
My 2 cents: This movie was a perfect combination of everything I donâ€™t like â€“ Selvaraghavan(Kadhal Konden affected me too much. 7G Rainbow Colony was not my cup of tea), Dhanush, Sonia Agarwal, Balakumaran, gangster movies. So I started watching the movie with extreme prejudice. But I have to admit that I liked the movieâ€¦â€¦quite a bit. I hate to say it, but the individuals I dislike seemed to deliver just the right amount of everything when put together!
Though it is bathed in violence, Pudhupettai is not a movie about the life of gangsters. It simple narrates the journey of an individual from a diffident school student to a gangster. When pushed to the limits and when his life is threatened the timid Kokki Kumar kills because of pure gut instinct. Then he kills partly because he can and partly to preserve his scary image. It indeed is the story of the survival of the fittest.
Selvaraghavan has done a great job. He is quite a director. Deals more with the dark side of society, but he is good at what he does.
Dhanushâ€¦hmmm, where do I start? He delivers an extraordinary performance. Either he is a very good actor, or he has stared growing on me (damn I feared this day). When I told this to one of my friends, she looked at me all wired and declared that I need to get of the house more.
Sonia has a small role to play, which works well with my tolerance level for her! She has such sad eyes, frankly makes me think that she is constipated or something! Sneha, no doubt can act well. But she looks less appealing devoid of makeup. Whats with actressesâ€™ fascination towards good prostiture roles?! Was that Alagarperumal, the director of Dum Dum Dum as the sleazy politican? Not bad at all.
Yuvan Shankar Rajaâ€™s music is awesome. I am not talking about the songs, the lyrics repulsed me. Na.Muthukumar could have done better than â€œPadicha naye ulle varadheyâ€ kind of lyrics. Iam talking about the background music, Yuvan was so brilliant, the scenes felt so much more alive because of the music.
Balakumaranâ€™s dialogues are very powerful.
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Wikipedia has some interesting trivia about the movie.
Verdict: Do check it out. Definitely not to be watched with kids.