No doubt, technically Pokkisham is Cheran’s best film in his career, but all the efforts taken by his crew for this film are wasted.
Poor screenplay, lots of lag in narration and particularly, the way Cheran delivers his feelings are completely out of touch.
The story starts with a flashback opens through Lenin’s (Cheran) son Mahesh (Aryan Rajesh) discovering his dad’s old diaries, and browses through them. Mahesh delved deep in to his father Lenin’s (Cheran) romantic love life.
The flashback begins in August 1970, when Lenin, a marine engineer working at the Culcutta port, comes to the then Madras to look after his father (Vijayakumar) who has undergone a surgery at a government hospital. Lenin is a good nature helpful guy and is interested in Tamil poetry and literature.
At the hospital, he meets Nadhira (Padmapriya), a Tamil literature graduate who is looking after her ailing mother. Soon the orthodox Muslim girl and the Hindu boy are attracted towards each other as they discuss poetry.
Love blossoms between the two, though they are separated by hundreds of miles with Lenin in Culcutta sending love letters to Nadhira, living in Nagore.
After reading his late father’s romantic memoirs, Mahesh takes up the task of tracking down Nadhira. His mission is to give the love letters written by his dad which were not posted!
Cheran is good as Lenin and brings out the pain and anxieties of the character he plays. But he overplay the role in many places that remember his earlier films.
Padmapriya is ok as Nadhira and brings out the feels of the character she plays. But in the climax, her appearance as a old lady is not matched and the make up looks like amature.
Vijaykumar’s characterization and performance is good and neat.
Rajesh Yadhav’s camera work and Vairabalan’s art direction are the excellent features in the film. Sabesh Murali’s tunes and back ground scores fail to steal the hearts.