One of the greatest lies of today's world is love. It is a mirage that leaves no patience with people to analyse whether it really is love or is merely lust and attraction. While most of us giving it with trust, there is still a section of the society that uses this trust to exploit others for their physical needs, which is why love is equally feared as much as it is celebrated. There have been countless number of revenge and soup boy stories in K-town. 'Pongadi Neengalum Unga Kaadhalum' is a new outlook to the faked promise of love that puts many emotions together in one movie in a predominantly light-hearted entertainer.
Athmiya plays a college student from a posh background, who comes in search of Ramakrishnan every day. Ramakrishnan, on the other hand, sells 'Sundal' in the beach and also is a small time thief, to make ends meet every day. He is by all means, eligible to be certified a local boy. Karunya plays Athmiya's friend, who is puzzled as to why she the latter follows an ill behaved loafer in the name of love. However, Athmiya gives away her plan of vengeance from the very beginning, in her intense expressions. After creating a ruckus for many days together, Ramakrishnan finally falls in love with Athmiya and she begins to unfold her plans on him. Meanwhile, Jayaprakash plays the strict inspector and an aggrieved father. While keeping up to his duties to protect the city against ill, he is also in search of the gang that raped and murdered his only daughter, and also videotaped the whole procedure which went viral on the Internet. And rest of the story revolves around these people, how they are linked to a common thread and how everything gets sorted out.
Concept of the story is quite revolutionary. It is intense and complex yet well knit, along the lines of today's biggest debauchery. Ramakrishnan plays his role so well that his behaviour irritates even the audience, leaving us curious as to why Athmiya must follow him and fall in love with such a person. Athmiya has beautiful eyes that ably express many different emotions with perfection. Imman Annachi plays the good cop and supports in a good deal of laughter in the movie. Jayaprakash is a real show stealer! His role is in the tightest corner in the story, and his performance is consistent and flawless in the movie. The portions involving him on screen are racy, interesting and leave us curious about his next arrival.
Though the concept is new, there are a lot of apparent hitches in translation of the story to an on screen experience. Too much seems have to been invested in the drag and drama to make Ramakrishnan fall in love with Athmiya, and to display his unquestioning character, while the actual story is rushed through in a short time. Cinematography and screen setting is colourful, and comedy sequences are light-hearted without any dramatic adage. However, screenplay seems to drag, especially in the first half. Songs are minimal in the movie and there are no romantic duets, despite a lot of love being involved in the story. There are certain scenes that are explicitly worded, which could have been made cleaner. The title points to women in general as the cause of distaste in love, while the movie portrays both men and women equally in misusing trust - be it for lust or for vengeance. Forget the hitches, the movie works good for a one time watch, but sure gets you thinking on the fake promises these days.
Rating: 2/5 - Works in parts