Movie : Ponmagal Vandhal
Rating : 2.25/5
Director : JJ Fredrick
Behind the Scenes:
Jyothika’s Tamil film, Ponmagal Vandhal is the first notable Indian film to skip its theatrical release and release directly online. The film’s trailer hit the right notes and now, the Courtroom drama is out on Amazon Prime Video. Let us see how the movie will connect to the audience.
Jothi is killed in a Police Encounter after she is accused of kidnapping young girls and killing them. Fourteen years later, her case was re-opened by a newbie lawyer, Venba (Jyothika). But things go utterly wrong when she finds the entire system against her. Who is Venba? Why is she interested in defending a Psycho Killer? What happens in her pursuit? forms the rest of the story.
Jyothika is seen in two different characters – a lawyer and a mother. She excelled in both the roles as always. Yesteryear actor Bhagyaraj plays a crucial role and he is good. R Parthiban is good as the Public Prosecutor and Thiagarajan who is the baddie is superb. The shrewdness he emotes with his expression is superb. The rest of the characters fits the bill.
A newcomer JJ Fredrick has directed the film which deals with concepts like child rape and our flawed legal system. Full marks to him for choosing such a subject but the problem is he failed to execute the script properly. Govind Vasantha composed two songs which are situational and the background score is impressive as well. Cinematography by Ramji is in accordance to the mood of the story. The editing should have been crisp in some sequences of both the parts. The production values are appropriate.
The first half is okay and the second half slips with the climax being so simple. There are no surprises whatsoever which will make a courtroom drama interesting. However, the movie should fine to watch once given that you are not watching it in a theater and have the luxury of fast-forwarding the boring parts.
Ponmagal Vandhal: Good Concept, Faltered Execution
Cast and Crew
Writer and Director: JJ Fredrick
Starring: Jyothika, Bhagyaraj, R Parthiban, and Others
Music: Govind Vasantha
Production company: 2D Entertainment
Release Date: May 29th, 2020 (Direct Online Release on Amazon Prime Video)