Rating   

Many tamil movie directors have the unique ability to present an emotional story in such a vivid fashion, that it would bring tears in the eyes of the viewers. But very few have the ability to make the viewers think... And only two or three have the rare ability to combine a good comedy line with a tear-jerker... Bhimsingh in various movies, Balachander in Neerkumizhi, Bhaagyaraj in Andha aezhu naatkaL and some others, have presented this kind of movie in the past ... Now with two super hits to his credit, Cheran seems to have revived this genre of film making.

Porkaalam takes a bit from Bhimsingh's masterpiece Paasamalar. Rajeswari, the central character of the movie, plays a physically handicapped person... Well, after watching this movie I should not be calling her handicapped... Murali as her brother and Manivannan as her father form the core team... Sanghavi as Murali's cousin (murai ponnu), Meena as a neighbor and Vadivelu as a friend of Murali complete the main cast...

Sanghavi & Murali in PorkkaalamDue to Rajeswari's physical problem Murali has trouble finding a suitor for her... Manivannan spoils her only chance by his actions... In the meantime, Murali falls in love with Meena while Sanghavi falls in love with him... Neither of these two relationships could bloom due to Rajeswari... This hurts Rajeswari very much and she decides to take her own life... This happens to be one of the best scenes of the movie... The way she drops the idea of committing suicide the first time and later changes her mind has been picturised in a very touching manner... Vadivelu, who doesn't play a major role till this point bags the jackpot dialogue of this movie...

"oor onnum odhungaladaa... othukkaravangaLa nee dhaan odhukki vechirukka... un thangichikku raasaa maadiri mappillai vaeNumnu ninaichiyae thavira, ennai maadiri asingama irundhaalum paravaa illainnu thoNichaa... indha maadiri thangachi irukkira un manasuliyae oonam irukkumbodhu mathavangaLa solli ennadaa prayOjanam..."

With his sister's death Murali's perspective on the world changes.... I'm sure the perspectives of many people, who have and will watch this movie, will change also... These were the excellent aspects of this movie...

I felt that this movie needed a bit more, in terms of powerful dialogues, similar to the one by Vadivelu... Still, there are scenes, that are void of any dialogues, which are extremely powerful... This is not a big drawback but just a minor point...

The major drawback for this movie is re-recording... Deva who was able to compose couple of good songs "Tanjavooru mannu" and "Ching cha" has not been able to do justice in the re-recoding department... His re-recording standards vary from mediocre to pathetic in this particular movie... In some scenes, I guess silence brings out more emotions than a whole bunch of jarring violins... And I feel, this kind of judgement separates a good music director from the bad... Well, I shouldn't take too much away from Deva... He has done a good job with the songs, even though "Tanjavooru mannu" sounds similar to the old time classic "maNappaarai maadu katti"...

This is probably one movie no one should miss...

Krish