Ponmagal Vandhal film assessment: Jyotika starrer is a darkish, socially related authorized drama – regional motion pictures

Movie: Ponmagal Vandhal

Director: JJ Fredrick

Forged: Jyotika, Bhagyaraj, Prathap Pothen and Parthiban

Ponmagal Vandhal, which is directed by debutant JJ Fredrick and produced by actor Suriya, shouldn’t be your quintessential, feel-good Jyotika starrer that talks about ladies empowerment. It’s a darkish movie that throws the highlight on the difficulty of kid rape and holds a mirror as much as our flawed authorized system in relation to the apathy with which it treats rape circumstances and victims. Thematically, Ponmagal Vandhal is near Vidya Balan’s Kahaani 2, however shouldn’t be as efficient by way of execution. Nonetheless, it manages to make its level however with a strong influence.

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The movie is ready within the lovely Ooty, however the city has a darkish previous. The story is centered on ‘Petition’ Pethuraj who reopens a case from 2004 that concerned a serial killer ‘Psycho Jyothi’ who was convicted for the kidnapping and homicide of 5 youngsters and two children. Pethuraj’s daughter Venba (performed by Jyotika), a younger lawyer, decides to struggle Jyothi’s case in order that fact could possibly be revealed. Within the course of, some surprising secrets and techniques come out and challenges are thrown at Venba, who goes out of her solution to dig out new details about the case that proves Jyothi wasn’t a serial killer.

In a super Jyotika world, we’d’ve seen her play a personality that’s unbiased, hard-working and empowered. In Ponmagal Vandhal, a barely exaggerated however related social drama, what nonetheless makes her character refreshing is the truth that she doesn’t get to play a hero and the main target is extra on the difficulty of kid rape and our authorized system.

For a authorized drama, I want Ponmagal Vandhal was extra intense and interesting. The court-room scenes fail to maintain us invested however fortunately the tragedy within the story makes it considerably watchable. For a thriller a couple of cold-hearted serial killer who preyed on younger women, the movie isn’t chilling sufficient. However, what nonetheless works in its favour is the truth that it strikes a robust emotional chord with its back-story.

Jyotika’s movies, in contrast to most women-centric Tamil movies, aren’t run-of-the-mill and at all times serve a objective. Ponmagal Vandhal, too, has a objective and it’s a laudable try by first-time filmmaker JJ Fredrick, who provides us a authorized drama that asks fairly just a few uncomfortable questions concerning the security of younger women. One of many downsides of most movies starring Jyotika is that they’re largely preachy, but it surely isn’t the case with Ponmagal Vandhal, and that’s an enormous reduction. The court-room scenes get barely dramatic, however the message by no means will get preachy. Jyotika, enjoying a lawyer for the primary time in her profession, shines in what’s undoubtedly a daring function.


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