Silambarasan and newcomer Varalaxmi Sarathkumar's Diwali release Podaa Podi comes as a stress-buster of the season. In short, the film is a sweet-romantic film told through a lot of comic scenes.
The story of Podaa Podi is very simple but the screenplay makes it worth a watch. The exotic locations, beautiful costumes and the performance of the lead stars remain the plus points of the movie.
The story is set in London. Arjun (Silambarasan) and Nisha (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar) turn lovers in a dramatic way. The boy leads an easy-going life with his uncle played by Ganesh and the girl, who aspires to win a dance competition, stays with Shobana.
Arjun is typical Indian, who wants his girlfriend to give up her profession for the sake of their relationship, but Nisha is not happy with his attitude. They get separated following an argument over this issue and are back together in a blink-of-an-eye speed. In order to divert her attention from her profession, he uses quite a few tricks and gets short-term success.
However, they tie the knot soon and they became proud parents of a baby boy. The story takes a twist and what happens next should be seen on-screen.
The first half of the film will keep the audience entertained. Simbu and Varalaxmi's romantic scenes are treat to watch. But the second half is not strong enough. There are many funny moments and one-liners. However, as I said before, the story of Podaa Podi is not strong but it is engaging. It is an urban-centric film and will surely impress the youths.
Performance wise, Silambarasan has done justice to his role. He does comic scenes with ease. However, it is newcomer Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, who stuns the audience with her astounding performance. She could not have expected to have a better launchpad than Podaa Podi. The film has given her a good platform to show not only her acting abilities but also dancing skills. Not to forget, she is glamorous too. Ganesh is at his usual best. He breaks the funny bones of the audience at parts and Shobana is okay.
Technically, Dharan Kumar's two tracks are good and Duncan Telford's cinematography is neat. Director Vignesh Shivan has to be appreciated for churning out a beautiful flick.
Verdict: Podaa Podi is a good time-pass film.