Pokkiri Raja review: Comedy entertainer

Pokkiri Raja review: Comedy entertainer



Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 04 March 2016

Movie Title

Pokkiri Raja review: Comedy entertainer


Ramprakash Rayappa

Star Cast

Jiiva, Hansika, Sibiraj

Ramprakash Rayappa’s Pokkiri Raja has a terrific idea at its core and we have to definitely appreciate the director for this gutsy attempt. However, a weak back story and tacky CG work disappoints.

Sanjeevani’s (Jiiva) biggest embarrassment in life is his frequent yawning that puts anyone near him to sleep. At one point of time, Sanjeev loses his job and girl friend because of this strange condition, which even earns him the wrath of the local gangster 'cooling glass' Guna (Sibiraj) as the latter loses his eyesight because of the powerful ‘yawn’.

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Sanjeevani luckily finds his ladylove Sunitha (Hansika Motwani), who is least bothered about his strange condition and unconditionally supports him. The rest of the film is all about how Sanjeev saves his life from cooling glass Guna with an animated back story on how he got this strange power from his ancestors.

The film really starts off well with the first half packaged as a complete laugh riot. The scenes involving Hansika and Jiiva and Sibiraj’s separate track are filled with a lot of enjoyable one liners. Even the second half has well written comic moments but the thing is the back story is not great and the climax too is not convincing, guess the director was conscious in allotting equal number of scenes to both the heroes, which in turn has affected the flow.

Jiiva is convincing as the sleep inducing Sanjeevani, it needs great guts to act in such an out-of-the-box role and he must be definitely appreciated. Hansika looks super cute and bubbly. Her costumes in songs are worth mentioning. She scores well with perfect lip-sync and her contribution in the comical scenes deserves a special mention.

Sibiraj is convincing as a comical baddie, his kuthu dance and ‘Kovai’ slang dialogue delivery in the film reminds us of his father, Sathyaraj. Yogi Babu has once again proved his comic timing; he can be rightly utilized as the substitute of Soori or Santhanam in Kollywood.

Technically, Imman’s BGM is biggest strength of Pokkiri Raja. Anji’s visuals are colorful and editor VJ Sabu Joseph should have trimmed down the running time by ten minutes.

Overall, Pokkiri Raja is a decent comedy entertainer and watchable for its unique attempt and an entertaining first half.

Pokkiri Raja Review: Comedy entertainer

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