Pugazh Tamil Movie Review, Rating -1.5/5
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Manimaran's 'Pugazh' is yet anotehr Political entertainer which is trapped inside the commercial circle. The director has strived his best to make this as a commercial entertainer and on the whole it ends up as an average flick. Thanks to some scintillating performance fro, Jai. Just like all other Political drama flicks, this movie also revolves around the clash between two groups. One is lead by Jai and another represents commoners. Political group is lead by the primary antagonist Maarimuthu. And as the clash moves to next level, it takes on a common man against a Politician who is ruthless. The narration is completely unconvincing !
The main pillar for 'Pugazh' is the lead protagonist 'Jai' and the antagonist Maarimuthu. The characters are well sketched and Jai deserves a huge applause. After being a nerd for most movies, he has portrayed role of an angry common man into perfection. He stands up against the corrupted society and the way he vents his anger was so perfect. Karunas once again gets a meaty role and he proves his mettle. More than comedy roles, the actor should take up this kind of character based roles. He scores a boundary in his performance oriented role. Maarimuthu is the nasty politician who doesn't have any principles. His body language and dialogue delivery itself scares us. He fits into the shoes of politician perfectly. Surabhi is just a filler. She appears occasionally on screen. However she is gorgeous and what can we expect more ? Her performance is outshined as she is more cite.
Vivek and Mervin duo who scored in 'Vadacurry' have just been average here. 'Naanga Podiyan Thaan' song is the only saving grace. Cinematography by Velraj was perfect and that needs to be appreciated in particular. Editing is perfect and the running time is just 126 minutes. But still we feel it is draggy and most of the scenes lack continuity. We can't believe that we get such a dragging screenplay from Manimaran who made an impressive debut with an intriguing screenplay in 'Udhayam NH4'. Velraj is proving his mettle as cinematographer. It's time he switches his base back to cinematography and leave direction aside.
Manimaran has tried to fabricate a Political drama into shoes of commercial genre and he has to be appreciated for trying something new. But this attempt is a failure. He must be clear in executing the project. The intriguing screenplay and the tension is completely missing here.
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