Soorarai Pottru is Tamil cinema’s biggest OTT release so far, landing on Amazon Prime on the 12th of November. The film is directed by Sudha Kongara who earlier made Drohi and Irudhi Suttru.
What is the story about?
The best thing about Soorarai Pottru is the fact that it is a film that takes off from the word go. There is so much to gorge on and envelope in the emotional and travel value of the film, with loads of things happening on all sides. Sudha Kongara etches her story with incidents that create an impact, as she manages to catch our attention through even the simplest of things such as familial values, friendships or a small remark about the world she draws in. As the film moves on and on, the emotional grip tightens and pumps up the interest that we develop towards it. Sudha Kongara deserves praise for holding the weight of the film inequality throughout and delivering a punchy product that keeps us pinned throughout.
After a long time, it is a complete treat to see Suriya back in his zone as a performer par excellence. He simply steals the show here with a fantastic performance that is his best since Vaaranam Aayiram, living his onscreen self as a raging lion who also has a fun element inside him. Supporting him ably is Aparna Balamurali, who is very good as the female lead. The film features a superb supporting star cast that has names such as Vivek Prasanna, Paresh Rawal, Mohan Babu and others who are apt fits to their roles. Sudha Kongara needs to be lauded for her knack to find the right actors even for the smallest roles in the film, and the way that works in the film is something to witness. The way she gives everybody sharp dialogues and helps them make a mark is solid.
Music & Other Departments
GV Prakash’s eclectic score is another stamp of his talent, as the composer is able to bring in a rustic angle with a touch of class. With all the songs being enjoyable on-screen, the BGM ups the ante in many instances as well. It will be good for cinema if the director and the composer continue to float their combination hereon, much more. Niketh Bommi’s skilful cinematography is another plus point, as it captures both the locations and the emotions in the right way, and does not leave too much of brightness or artificiality into the frame. Technically, Soorarai Pottru stands tall as a strong film overall.
The movie, on the whole, is definitely worth a watch, with Suriya’s performance being the shining star in the set of positives.
The pitch-perfect first half gets a bit uneven in the second, losing out on an inch of the impact.
Did I enjoy it?
Wholesomely yes. There is something to cheer about, amidst all the hype.
Do I recommend it?
Definitely. Suriya’s performance and the unique backdrop of the film, along with its interesting narration make this a terrific watch.