Poojai, a blockbuster mass entertainer
Music Director: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Edited : V T Vijayan and T S Jai
Cast: Vishal, Shruthi Haasan, Sathyaraj, Radhika Sharat Kumar, Soori and others
Story: Vasu (Played by Vishal) is a smalltime money lender lending money to the people in the market. And there is this tomboyish girl (played by Shruthi Haasan) who spins her charm on Vasu and he soon falls in love with this girl. There is a professional hire-killer Anna Thandavam (played by Mukesh Tiwari) who kills people for money.
One day, this hire killer tries to eliminate a top cop (played by Sathyaraj) and his wife (played by Aishwarya). But for our hero Vasu, the cop and his wife were saved from the clutches of hire-killer. On the other side of the story, a happy family lives in countryside but they are sad as they miss somebody in their family.
As the movie progresses, the characters just fall in line and get streamlined culminating to a climactic end. Vishal Sathyaraj and Mukesh Tiwari coming face to face for a confrontation is indeed a gripping scene. The last 30 minutes of the movie simply takes your breath away and puts you on a razor’s edge.
Artists Performance: Vishal proved himself to be a mass hero. His sterling performance in several scenes like when he is humiliated and faces rejection of his love, his sacrifice for the sake of his cousin (played by Abhinaya), and his reunion with his mother and in other sentimental scenes is brilliant and applauding. Shruthi Haasan justified her presence in a tomboyish role.
Radhika Sharathkumar’s spellbinding performance has really moved the audiences to tears especially in a scene after coming to know her son Vasu (played by Vishal) had sacrificed his love. Sathyaraj as a top police officer rendered a spectacular performance. Soori’s comic antics just looked good.
Plus Points: Director Hari has proved himself as a master storyteller. His firm grip on the screenplay has never let a scene go out of place. Editing by Vijayan is simply mind-blowing as he kept the narration intact as screenplay demanded. At some places Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score added some spice to the movie’s raciness.
Minus Points: At times music by Yuvan looks loud and irritating.
Analysis: Vishal who is known as a family entertaining hero has perfectly utilized his histrionic talents in Poojai and regained the status of a mass hero among his fans.
The movie Poojai has all the ingredients that a blockbuster needs to possess; entertainment, comedy, power-packed sequences, hot romance, fights, dances, songs, sentiments, family values and above all brilliant performances by all star cast. Director Hari made the movie run on a racy note without letting you to pause for a moment to think of next scene. Hari has proved himself to be a master-story teller.
Verdict: Vishal electrified the movie with his macho image coming to the fore in fights and his suave talents exposed in his song and dance sequences. Overall his histrionic talents are simply superb. Poojai is a sure-shot blockbuster movie with Hari holding his grip on the screenplay not letting a scene go astray.