Review by : Behindwoods review board
Starring: Cheran, Padmapriya
Direction: Cheran
Music: Sabesh Murali
Production: Hithesh Jhabhak
A son’s attempt to know about the life and love of his father, that is Pokkisham. It begins with the son being asked by his mother to find some old document in the house. He finds it for her, but while rummaging through various sheaves of papers and books that have been gathering dust for years now, he comes across an old diary, one that belonged to his father. Naturally, he starts reading the jottings of his father. The diary has a lot about the love of his father’s life. But, unfortunately, the son finds out that the diary is not complete, a few pages are missing. But, he has gone too far into the life of his father to be able to stop without finding out the entire story and what happened. He takes the easiest way out by asking his mother about what happened. His mother narrates an unusual love story to him. That in short is Pokkisham.

Set in the 1970s, the romance is between a Muslim girl and a young man who comes from a family that staunchly believes in socialism. The 1970s were not the most progressive of times, a relationship that attempted to break the centuries old societal barriers of religion was always bound to face many problems. What happened to the romance, did the love get fulfilled in marriage, how?

Cheran has attempted to make a sweet, charming and soothing love story but has ended up being uncharacteristically artificial in his approach. The true to life feel of his former films is completely missing here. A hint of boredom starts setting in the moment Cheran’s son begins reading the life of his father, it continues well into the second half. There are many portions where Cheran is seen penning letters to his beloved. After a certain extent these scenes start testing one’s patience. For a love story that is meant to be high on emotional quotient, Pokkisham feels really devoid of feel. It is only the final few reels that are able to bring alive some feeling in us. Cheran’s character is absent in all these portions which makes us think whether that was the weak link in the entire set up.

Cheran’s character disappoints with its lack of realism. Every scene that he appears in seems heavily artificial and one’s mind is not ready to enjoy what is being shown. Cheran is a complete misfit for a role like this. Padmapriya is the scene stealer in the entire show. However her make up in the latter portions as the aged lady is glaringly poor, pity that such a good performance was backed up in a bad manner.

An attempt has been made to show the 1970s in all their originality. But, again, the artificiality steps in. Only a few elements from the era have been magnified for the period feel, the genuineness is just not there. The camera however must be appreciated for some neat work. Sabesh Murali could have come up with a better score, though Nila Nee Vanam sounds good.

After watching Pokkisham, the feeling is that this is not a film that was made by the Cheran that we have known all these years. His films have always been rooted in the realities of life and subtleties of emotion. Pokkisham will be a disappointment for all those who have loved the Cheran brand of cinema.

Verdict: Pokkisham- nothing to be treasured

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