Pokkiri Raja Review  
7 May 10, 04:13pm

Do directors and producers of recently released flicks believe that the letter 'P' guarantee them to earn success in Kerala? Look at this, Pappy Appacha, Pramani, Paiyya, Pulliman are the films which got released lately. Even though these flicks were not up to the mark many of them have got a full one month collection. Thanks to the cold war prevailed in Kerala film industry. Now the adjacent 'P' entry is Pokkiri Raja. With out any strikes and with out any negotiations Pokkiri Raja will succeed in its own merit.

In the 80's and 90's Mammootty concentrated on serious films which had less number of songs and comedies. For some years now, he changed approach to films and is with the mass audience. In this film Mammootty dances in 2 songs and both are fantabulous. Shortly he will prove to be one of the best in moving to the beats. He took the game of fighting and dancing with young icon of Malayalam film. Apart from the fun from movie, spectators watch this as a healthy competition between two players who both have their own advantages.

Debutant Vyshak, the assistant to Joshey and Johny Antony has brought out a movie which has the positive qualities of both directors. Vyshak has brought the richness of Tamil film to Malayalam, better than anyone who has tried that before.

The film begins twenty years prior to the present time and the situation prompts Raja (Mammootty) to go in prison and then to Madurai five years later. He becomes a successful Goonda and grows in power and wealth. Fifteen years passed by, Raja takes a kottation to kill a man named Surya in Kerala, but later recognizes that it was his own blood brother. The first part of the film has importance to Prithviraj until the Mega star arrives. The punch dialogues in post interval session have made the audience go crazy with their love for the star.

Prithviraj as Mammootty's brother attracts the audience with his punching fists, dancing legs and comedy oriented dialogues. With this film he proved to be next only to the Big M's (in which ever order you place the 'M'). Shreya's debut into Malayalam as Prithviraj's heroine adds Oooooommps. The film doesn't have a single dull moment and will be enjoyable for family audience.

Salim Kumar as novelist Manoharan Mangolodayam and Suraj Venjarammoodu as Police officer work hand in hand to add fun to the scenes. Udayakrishna – Sibi K. Thomas proved yet another time that they remain unchallenged in the field since they know, what the movie going audience need. Visuals are beautifully enhanced from Shaji's camera. New editor Mahesh Narayanan is fast paced.

Changes shown in the growth of actors' appearance through the years are not good. Music by Jessie Gift is fresh and moves every hip. B.G score by Rajamani is impressive. The film is done in a festive mood and keeps up with the standard and expectations it gave through the teasers.

Thanseer M.A

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