‘Poo’: a disappointing fare (Tamil Film Review)

November 27th, 2008 - 8:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Film: “Poo”; Cast: Srikant, Parvathy; Music: S.S. Kumaran; Cinematography: Muthiah; Director: Sasi; Rating: *Director Sasi returns with “Poo” (Bloom) after a long hiatus, but has ended up with a bloomer.

The offering has situations similar to mushy hits like “Autograph”, “Thavamaai Thavamirundhu” and “Azhagy”.

The story revolves around a villager-turned-engineer Thangarasu (Srikant) who is unhappily married to a rich woman. He bumps into his old flame Mari (Parvathy), the better half of a tea shop owner. The film deals with their trip down memory lane.

Flashbacks reveal Mari’s crush, her inability to say “yes” at the vital moment and the sacrifices of the protagonist’s father to help him reach an acceptable social status.

Mari’s present sob story and her continued yearning interspersed with her earlier inability to express her love take the film towards its rather insipid climax.

The treacle-like story lacks verve and looks more like a badly made television serial.

Parvathy is the only saving grace thanks to her gallant effort to etch the sad character. Srikant as a bumpkin cuts no ice.

Listless music drags the film down further.

Cinematography by Muthiah is just a wee-bit above average adding some beauty to the village backdrop.

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