Soorarai Pottru Movie Review: Soorarai Pottru is an inspiring story with a solid acting from Suriya
Soorarai Pottru is a Suriya show to the end. After 24, he gets his meatiest role in a while, and the actor digs deep with his usual tenacity, making us feel Maara’s delight and despair. Whether it’s the dramatic scene in which he asks passengers for money at an airport to visit his ailing father or the subtle hints of hesitation he conveys in borrowing from his own wife, Sundari aka Bommi (Aparna Balamurali), the actor shows. . that is why he is considered one of the best of his generation.
The Maara-Bommi relationship is one of the film’s greatest strengths. They are both individuals who are crazy about their high-flying dreams. Bommi’s dream of owning a bakery may seem small compared to Maara’s at first glance, but Sudha Kongara continues to underline the fact that she is also breaking the glass ceiling in her own way. From her introduction scene, when an older man tells her that only children support their parents, Bommi continues to question the patriarchy that surrounds her. When asked by a family member why she says ‘No’ to Maara, she asks if she has ever asked the same question to the 20 men who had rejected her as a girlfriend. And when her family is concerned that Maara won’t be able to take care of her, she asks if it is always the man who is supposed to take care of his wife.
In fact, it is her success, and her support, that allows Maara to hold onto her wild dream at her lowest moments. Refreshingly, the director doesn’t give you poignant lines to show this, but a forceful response. In a crucial scene, when a dejected Maara asks Bommi, who is feeding him, if she has poisoned the food, she replies that she would have done so if he had accepted a purchase offer. And when he hesitantly asks for a loan, she offers to give him more than the amount he had asked for, adding that he does not have a heart as big as his dream and does not give in to false pride.
Are these touches present because the script has been written by women (Shalini Ushadevi and Sudha Kongara) and here we have a woman at the helm? Maybe yes, maybe not, but this sensitivity in the interpretation of a female character is definitely admirable. And Aparna Balamurali delivers a spunky performance that instantly makes this character endearing.
The writing is pretty solid overall. From the efficient analogy of a Udipi hotel versus a five-star hotel that she uses to make the audience understand her protagonist’s dreams to the moving scene of an entire town contributing her money to make this dream come true, the director gives us memorable moments and memorable characters. Of course, a couple of characters, like Mohan Babu’s Naidu, Maara’s strict senior officer in the army, and Maara’s friends (Vivekh Prasanna and Krishna Kumar) are strictly functional, but they also stand out. Like Poo Ramu’s Rajangam, and a fabulous Urvashi, who, for a change, has a serious role in Tamil, and Karunas, like Bommi’s Uncle Alapparai.
Beneath the inspiring story from poverty to riches, Soorarai Pottru is also a solid commentary on castes. When the less privileged Maara asks his pacifist father about the good his manu (petitions) have done, it also turns into an argument about Manu (Smriti). Maara’s victory in the end not only ends in Paresh Goswami ending up having to swallow a bitter pill literally, but also figuratively. Parash’s reason for his desire to crush Maara’s dreams in the bud, even though he too is a man who has emerged from a humble background, reflects the attitude that many of the underprivileged develop once they get the right.
On the downside, the film’s portrayal of the antagonist borders on caricature. As in Irudhi Suttru, this character is quite one-dimensional and tonally different from the flesh-and-blood character of Maara and the people around him. It is as if the character of Jackie Shroff in Bigil has somehow managed to enter this world by taking the form of Paresh Rawal.
From the beginning, the film shows us how the nexus between capitalists and bureaucrats has been instrumental in crushing anyone who dares to dream big, after a certain point the obstacles Maara has to cross start to feel repetitive, causing the movie look a bit. very long. But the final images of joy on the faces of ordinary people taking flight in Maara’s plane ensure a smooth landing.