Podaa Podi Reviews
The performances of Simbu and Varalaxmi, who made her debut with this movie, were good. I dislike Simbu in general, but I do accept that he is a good dancer and he shows his dancing talents in this movie. His voice is so annoying though and I hate his typical arrogant attitude. Varalaxmi's performance was really good, but I hated her voice. I'm not sure if it is her original voice though.
In short: good dialogues, average direction, different story, but male dominant moral of the story, good dance performances and a cliche and stupid ending.
Language :- Tamil
Cast :- Simbu, Varu, VTV ganesh, Shobana
Genre :- Rom com
Similar to :- fools rush in,Shall we dance,unnale unnale or any other flick of late jeeva
Rom coms have a license that other genres cannot afford. For starters, they need not necessarily have a strong story. they
need not make you bite your nails eagerly waiting for something sensational to unfold. They promise very little so you are
rarely disappointed whatever the outcome is. They do not arrogantly demand your attention instead they try to steal it in a
cute way. There are no terrorists or wild gun chases but the little chats that happen over the coffee table and break ups
for no reason happen to be the most important moments in the film so every scene has to produce laughs and the screenplay
has very little margin for error.
This is where poda podi scores. Ek main aur ek tu, cocktail, goa are some of the rom coms i watchd in the recent
past so i walked in with low expectations. The film is very predictable and you see what is coming from a mile but rom coms
are about how it happens and not what happens.Simbu is in his usual elements here-romance dancing singing. Love panlama
venama, shot in an interesting fashion, happens to be his intro song. He fits into the role like a glove and remains the
heart of the film. The narration reminds us of gautham menon films where the hero constantly keeps telling us,in the
background, his views on what is happening out there. It helps you travel with the character though you get to see only one
side of the story. The first thing we notice about the heroine is her manly irritating voice but it slowly grows on you.
Finally we get to see a movie about dance where both of them are actually good dancers. We know about simbu but Varu is a
pleasant surprise. Its a movie where only two ppl occupy every frame. The debutant director does a commendable job in
making sure we invest in both the characters. Some scenes fall flat but the screenplay makes sure you do not lose interest
in the film. VTV ganesh takes care of the comedy and not a single song is out of place. The music is typical of simbu
films. Simbu keeps referring to his previous films or characters almost every second scene but he doesnt go overboard and
its enjoyable. The movie is around just 2 hours long and there is a lot of positive energy and freshness in its treatment.
So, in a nutshell :- A perfect Rom-com for the evening with a cold coffee and pop corn.