Film: Sonna Puriyadhu
Starring: Mirchi Siva, Vasunthara, Manobala, Meera Krishnan
Director: Krishnan Jayaraj
Producer: Saandika Amarnath
Banner: 360 degree film corp
Music: Yathish Mahadev
Sonna Puriyadhu (SP) is yet another quintessential Shiva film that is salvaged by few occasional laughs and by the actor himself. All that we got to see from Shiva in films such as Chennai 600028, Tamizh Padam and Thillu Mullu; we see flashes of all of it together in SP. Boasting a wafer thin storyline, SP relies heavily on Shiva, and even though he gives his best but unfortunately we don’t see the film going down as one of Shiva’s best.
The film revolves around Shiva, a dubbing artist for English films, living life happily as a bachelor and never having to worry about getting married. He hates the idea of wedlock and has reasons to stay away from it. However, as they say everyone are bound to end up with a girl we are destined to be with. In Shiva’s case, this girl happens to be Vasundhara Kashyap. How does someone who was interested in the idea of a marriage, eventually gives in to the idea? This forms the rest of the story.
The film might work for Shiva fans as it promises clichéd one-liners intended for the masses. But, I highly doubt if the film would even be close to the idea of entertaining the elite class or even the multiplex goers. The first is half is far better than the following half, which ends up being more of a spoof of comedy scenes from other Tamil films.
Debutant director Krishnan Jayaraj had assisted C.S Amudhan with Tamizh Padam, and one definitely feels the aftertaste of it in SP. The film suffers from lack of originality as Krishnan ends up giving his film nearly the same treatment as many other films featuring Shiva did in the past.
After Santhanam, one of Tamil cinema’s most trusted actor is Shiva. He is not trusted by the audience but by the producers and first-time filmmakers in particular. He had been the lucky charm of several debutant directors in the industry. Krishnan tried to capitalize on that without realizing that not all films featuring the RJ-turned-actor are likely to click at the box-office.
SP isn’t bad overall because for those who might have walked in with least expectations, satisfaction would have partial. The dubbing scenes in the film are super hilarious and these are few moments in the film you can turn a blind eye towards clichés and enjoy to the fullest.
Shiva’s effortless acting and the ease with which he mouths his lines with a touch of sarcasm is fun to watch. Not many can do what he does with the way he speaks his dialogues. It’s a gift and I think he is a natural at it. However, it’s these few moments and Shiva of course holds the film together.
Sonna Puriyadhu is not a full course meal you can guilelessly indulge in. You can consume it in one shot, but I doubt if you can digest it.
Verdict : Just for few laughs
Review Credits : Rajiv Menon