Poraali has created a lot of hype and expectations for the title raised curiosity. Also the fact that two seasoned campaigners like Sasikumar and Samuthirakani come together, promises were aplenty in the film.
Does it live up to the hype is the million dollar question? Indeed yes is the answer. Poraali chronicles the life of one Illankumaran (Sasikumar), who lives with a purpose and mission.
Samuthirakani has thrown a strong message – treat mentally-challenged with respect and dignity, but within a commercial ambit. However it is a movie with a purpose. Samuthirakani’s pacy narration coupled with strong performance by the star cast makes the movie count.
The movie unfolds in Chennai where Illankumaran (Sasikumar) and Naresh (Nallavan) comes from a village. All begins with abundant humour in a crowded compound where many live. Initially the entry of bachelors is resisted. But slowly they gains the confidence of all in the compound thanks to their Samaritan ways. Their good manners and zeal to help those in need wins them the confidence and admiration of all.
Bharathy (Swathi), a group dance in Kollywood lives in the same compound. She goes soft on Kumaran and openly admits her love to him. After initial resistance, Kumaran falls for her charm. Kumaran and Nallavan starts a business that begins to prosper.
When everything goes smooth in their lives, fate takes a cruel turn in the form of a group of few men who comes from a village with sickles in search of Kumaran. They spills the beans that he is a mentally-challenged youth and that is dangerous to people living around.
This sends shock-waves to people who adore him including Bharathy. A flashback reveals Sasikumar’s past life and eventually the movie settles down to cliched action, gore and violence.
Sasikumar fits the role. His expressions brings dignity to the character. At places, he reminds one of the role that he played in Subramaniapuram. His dialogue delivery is also apt and appropriate to the script. Naresh chips in with his best. He brings out right variations in his performance.
Swathy has improved leaps and bounds from Subramaniapuram. Samuthirakani has extracted the best from her. The likes of Nivetha, Kanja Karuppu and Parota Soori are apt choice for the roles. Kanja Karuppu and Soori succeeds in tickling our funny bone.
Poraali has shortcomings in the form of a lengthy second half, needless violence and bloodshed. The pace slackens in the latter part.
However Samuthirakani and Sasikumar can be given a pat for their sincere attempt to stay away from commercial cliches to give a quality fare.