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Soorarai Pottru REVIEW: This Suriya, Paresh Rawal And Aparna Balamurali Starrer Is Everything Cinema Should Be

Soorarai Pottru Review: It is a biopic that knows no full stops, just like its protagonist Maara aka Suriya who can go to any lengths to achieve his goal.

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Soorarai Pottru REVIEW: This Suriya, Paresh Rawal And Aparna Balamurali Starrer Is Everything Cinema Should Be

Emotions run high when Maara (Suriya) runs out of money to pay for his business-class ticket to reach his father’s deathbed. In a film that captures the essence and value of impatience Maara is running short of cash…and time.  As he frantically goes around the departure lounge of the airport requesting passengers to loan him the money, we realize with a shock what drives dreamers into acts of impossible audacity. It’s the will to open gates which are closed for the non-members. As Maara Suriya pulls out all stops. Indeed Soorarai Pottru is a biopic that knows no full stops, just like its protagonist who can go to any lengths to achieve his goal. 

Director Sudha Kongara erects an edifying edifice of hope, aspiration, dream, disappointment and eventual victory. As far as films about defying all odds are concerned, this one takes the cake, and the bakery. Speaking of which, Maara’s better half Sundari played with feisty energy by Aparna Balamurli, wants to consolidate her bakery business. So she cuts a deal with her husband. He will fly his  plane she will cater her cakes  on flight. Deal? Let’s shake on that. Or better still a tight hug. The advantage of doing business with your wife.

 This is a film that hits all the right notes, and doesn’t shy away from the tropes. As a wise man recently said, it’s not about the tropes, but what a filmmaker does with them. Sudha Kongara is very clear in her intentions. This is a Suriya film ,and so it is designed  with all the expected   bombast and  braggadocio associated with the star. Suriya,  God bless his  productive  superstardom, has all the best lines and scenes  in his confrontation scenes with  airline tycoon Paresh Rawal whose obviously dubbed voice gives nothing away except pure one-dimensional evil.

It’s a simple deal, really.  If you must have a Superhero, then you must have a  villain to match. I wouldn’t say Rawal matches Suriya’s  wit with the  whims of one-upmanship except for one key sequence midair where Rawal turns  a plane around to spite Suriya saying, “If you own a business-class ticket  I own   the plane.”This must be the only scene for which Paresh rawal must have agreed to  play the cardboard villain.

The  odds are  laid out very clearly. This is  a film about a Super-hero who wants to  fly the  poorest  of the poor. As he tells the on-screen Vijay Mallya,  “You are  a socialite . I’m a  Socialist.”  Having enunciated  the  film’s pop-politics so equivocally , Soorarai Pottru vividly  assembles scenes  of  impoverished men and women taking their first flight  into  fancy. These are    stuff that  aspirational cinema thrives on. This  film  takes  the audience uncommonly  deep  into the rudimentary  dreams  of  the Common Man

This is Suriya flying business-class in a film about flying economy. Too bad, his co-star Aparna  Balamurli steals  almost every scene  from him when they are together.Women, I  tell you! They must be kept at home to make cakes. Otherwise one of them goes out and makes a film like Soorarai Pottru which makes all the male filmmakers  of  the country  break into a cold sweat.Why didn’t they think of making a film on the king of budget aviation  Captain Gopinath? Why  so many bio-pics on  gangsters and serial killers? Why not more Gopinaths?

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