With a avalanche of multistarrers in the pipeline, the stars have realized that the strength is in numbers. Some would say collective wisdom, some would say mob psychology. Pokkiri Raja would find success in Kerala as well as Tamilnadu. End of good Malayalam cinema as we knew it is not far away.
Once upon a time, some Malayalis who think we make only superior movies in Kerala used to make fun of such movies from Tamil Nadu. At present we are just cloning such movies and watching it en masse as well. Now a multiple times national award winner and Kerala State award winner have joined the party.
+ves and -ves
The positives include a pretty fact screenplay. Slick presentation and some action scenes which are bound to go well with the masses. The -ves include completely clichéd story, over the top situations and hero worship that almost makes you throw up. Songs are ordinary. ‘Manikinavin’ is never shown while a Tamil style song is shown. Shreya is wasted in a role that could have been done by anyone.
In short, if you soon come to terms with the fact that ‘Pookriraja’ crosses the line and is probably the first mainstream Malayalam – Tamil Masala movie made on highest dose of hero worship and clichéd situations, then you may probably end up watching this movie as a one time, time-pass movie. If you are the creative and subtle types, then you are in for a rude shock.
Verdict – 2.5/5 and ‘Just Average’.
Pokkri Raja – Finally, Malayalam Cinema has now officially been ‘Paandified’ .