Director Sudha Kongara delivers a well-knit cinematic story that urges us to observe our goals
To what lengths would you go to attain a loopy dream of yours?
If you’re Nedumaran Rajaangam aka Maara (Suriya), you’d give it your all.
Soorarai Pottru revolves round Maara’s life and a dream that he appears to carry on to for eternity: construct a low-cost airline for everybody to fly. For a movie based mostly on aviation (or moderately the ebook Merely Fly on the founding father of Air Deccan, Captain Gopinath’s life), the beginning is just about in high gear. There’s a problem with a sure flight touchdown, however Maara communicates to the pilot to land it elsewhere. It isn’t easy by any stretch, however it does land. Nevertheless, the troubles have simply begun for the person behind the airline.
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Maara is from a humble background; his father is a faculty instructor who’s all the time petitioning for change. However his background and upbringing (in Sholavandan close to Madurai) isn’t going to make him cease considering of flights day-after-day.
There’s an issue although. Proudly owning an airline isn’t your on a regular basis dream. For lengthy, Tamil cinema has chronicled follow-your-dream tales. However, Soorarai Pottru, very like its protagonist, goals huge, and makes the stakes even greater.
Together with it comes Paresh (Paresh Rawal), who appears to be a spin-off of Nana Patekar’s Haridada character in Rajinikanth’s Kaala. Very similar to Hari Dada, Paresh can not stand the sight of a person respiratory down his empire, and desires to crush him down. Be careful for the scene when Maara first meets him… let’s simply say that it was a gathering that reaches nice heights, actually as nicely.
- Solid: Suriya, Aparna Balamurali, Paresh Rawal, Urvashi, Mohan Babu
- Director: Sudha Kongara
- Storyline: The son of a instructor units out to make the frequent man fly
The face-off reminded one of many electrifying Kaala-Hari Dada conflict too; there’s a smirk in Paresh’s voice, and despair in Suriya’s. However one needs director Sudha Kongara had pushed the envelope with respect to Paresh, and never made him out to be a largely company monster who’s principally mouthing, ‘the wealthy stay wealthy, the poor stay poor’ in numerous connotations.
Finally, the movie boils all the way down to goals: if Maara has his eyes set on the skies, his love curiosity, Bommi (Aparna Balamurali, who was final seen in Sarvam Thaala Mayam in Tamil) has a comparatively less complicated one. The lead pair’s chemistry isn’t the best, however Sudha’s writing is strong: Bommi has equal funding in her accomplice’s goals. Far more might have been explored on this husband-wife battle — a scene set in a bakery deserves applause — however the movie all the time pulls again to its core plot level, and understandably so.
The characters round Maara are additionally the results of glorious writing: a father whose beliefs wouldn’t let him be associates along with his son, and a mom who struggles to dealer peace between her two most favorite folks on the earth. Maara’s associates (performed by Vivek Prasanna and Krishnakumar) get brief however efficient roles as nicely, as does Mohan Babu as Naidu. Director Sudha additionally deserves reward for utilizing on a regular basis language to elucidate a couple of technical phrases; Maara describing a licensing authority as, “an RTO” and likening his airways to a meals joint brings a smile.
The depth of proceedings does soften within the second half, when someway, issues appear to fall too shortly in place, with assist pouring in from surprising quarters for the protagonist. Nevertheless, Suriya as Maara holds the show together. After barely tepid outings in his previous couple of movies, the actor scores extremely as a person besotted with a dream and prepared to go to any lengths to attain it. Serving to him put up a superb present is composer GV Prakash, whose Veyyon Silli and Usurey numbers set the best tone.
All this can work in the event you purchase into the time interval the movie is about in… a lot earlier than cell phones and social media took over our lives. If Maara was in 2020, he may need simply shot off a tweet to the powers that be, however alas, all he had was a pager. And a few dogged dedication that we are going to absolutely dote on for fairly a while to come back.
Soorarai Pottru is at present streaming on Amazon Prime