Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 30 May 2014
Gaurav Kalai, Pravin Kishore and Vasanth
Debutant director Halitha Shameem, Poovarasam Peepee is an enjoyable summer break. It is a coming-of-age film, set in a village milieu with some Enid Blyton?s type boys solving a murder mystery.
Halitha has done a neat job, backed by green unseen locations and awesome camerawork by Manoj Paramahamsa. The film is narrated from the children?s point of view, from their last day in school before vacation starts and ends with their first day after the holidays.
It is vacation time in an idyllic village somewhere in Tamil Nadu. Three friends Venu (Gaurav Kalai), Harish (Praveen Kishore) and Kapil Dev (Vasanth) laze around doing what kids do during summer holidays ? discovering the environment, catching exotic beetles and selling them in the market .
On a rainy day while swimming they witness a brutal rape from a distant by a group of local influential goons. Next day they find the villagers made it out to be a suicide. The boys are not sure what happened but they decide to investigate which leads them to more danger and adventure.
Halitha has followed the basic Enid Blyton formula of Famous Five series. Of ?course here there are only three boys who have the sort of adventures most kids dream about. And later when they go back to class while other boys talk of going to Munnar and other exotic places, our heroes can?t hide a grin as they know nobody will believe the walloping time they had.
The film is not in the same league as a Pasanga or a Goli Soda, because PPP has too many sub-plots which are not well etched. The film is also a bit too long (2 hrs 20 minutes), but Halitha has a neat message to convey. She could have avoided an unnecessary riot scene shown as a cartoon.
The kids have done a wonderful job and the director has handled them well. The highlight is definitely the locations where it was shot and Manoj?s eye catching camera work. Music of Aruldev mainly BGM is good. On the whole children will enjoy the film.
Verdict ? Above Average