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Sri Lakshmi, Bala Singh, Siddharth
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It has been a very long time since a film has been certified officially as a Children's Film by the regional censor board in Chennai. Vannathupoochi, produced and directed by Azhagappan is the first film in many years to get a certificate as a children film, for that alone he should be lauded.

The film focuses on todayís children and their grandparents who are lonely and neglected due to modern times when nobody has time due to technological advancements and the mad rush among parents in day to day life.

An old man in a village finds himself to the very lonely and his granddaughter who lives in the city too is lonely and neglected as her parents are on the fast track and have no time for anything. The director tries to show the bonding between the two generations.

Divya (Sri Lakshmi) is an 8-year-old girl who lives s with her parents (Siddharth &Madhavi Sharma), both IT professionals in Chennai city. She is a poor little rich kid who has all the comforts but carves for her parentís attention, love and care as they have no time for her.

During vacation, her dadís principal in school takes her to their village, where her grandfather (Bala Singh) lives. The old man, a weaver is very happy to see his granddaughter and a strong bond develops between the two. Soon, Divya becomes the darling of the entire village.

But when her parents turn up to take her away, the girl decides not to go. She gives a case against her parents who have no time for her. Justice Sharada (Revathy in a guest role) studies the mind of the girl and gives a stunning verdict which is an eyeopener to modern parents.

Director Azhagappan has gone overboard while etching out the character and life of IT professionals who rave and rant and behave like caricatures, while life in village is all rosy and happy. This concept went out of the window in the 90ís from our mainstream cinema.

The film is shot like the 1970ís propaganda I & B ministries Film Division documentaries of a forgotten era, where the message is sharp and loud, with little entertainment. At best it is a tribute to making children film 70ís style in an age of Harry Potter, Pogo and video games.

Verdict- Average


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