PODA PODI movie review: A disappointing love story!

Thu, November 15, 2012 7:27pm IST by
PODA PODI movie review: A disappointing love story!

Pray to God that he blesses you with immense energy and patience to sit through this disappointing film that is bereft of, forget entertainment, not even moments of laughter

Undeniably, the lead actors in the film are exceptionally good dancers and one can vouch for it. But, what doesn’t work in the favour of the film is the hope that the audiences are fools to flock to theatres to watch 10 minutes of impeccable dance performance in a film that runs to almost three hours.

Arjun, played by Silambarasan, calls himself an animation designer in the film, but he is either sleeping or dancing in clubs for most part. Nisha, played by Varalaxmi, is an aspiring salsa dancer with a goal to win a ‘Letz Dance’ competition in London. Arjun and Nisha meet in a club and share a few drinks one lazy evening. Few days later, they’re madly in love with each other. Arjun, who’s an Indian, and moreover a Tamilian by birth, aspires to change Nisha before marriage. Nisha, born and raised in London, is completely against culture and society. When Nisha refuses to change some of her qualities for good, Arjun calls off their relationship. And they sulk for few days before reuniting with the intention of marriage.

Things change drastically post-wedding for Nisha and Arjun. While Nisha wants to closely dance with her salsa partner, Arjun intervenes citing her marital status. With her dance competition just three weeks away, Nisha should choose between her life or dance partner. Who will Nisha choose forms the rest of the story.

Poda Podi  presents itself as a modern-day love story, but it definitely isn’t. The film is a desperate attempt to catapult the actor’s image to one of the best dancers in the film industry, while Varalaxmi proves her mettle as one of the best dancers in the newcomers’ category. Never in its entire running time does the film strike a chord with the audience. Does the director want to prove that small adjustments in a relationship pave way to a happy and healthy ending? But on the contrary, he crushes his own philosophy by proving that if one gives in to adjustments, then he or she will suffer its consequence forever.

STR, in a desperate attempt to be the next superstar, fails miserably in his role. His character in this film is completely opposite to the one he played in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya, but he still seems to have maintained a subtle sarcasm in his acting, which he assumes, is his forte, but it’s definitely not. The film throws plenty of opportunities for the actor to dance, but he awaits his moment until the climax.

Varalaxmi doesn’t even spare a single moment to dance. Undeniably, she shines as a dancer, but she should definitely find herself a dubbing artist. Her voice reminds of Rani Mukerji’s voice in some of her earlier films such as Mehndi and Ghulam. She definitely needs to work on her expressions and most importantly on her diction if she plans to continue dubbing for herself.

As far as music is concerned, barring the Love pannlama track, which is a bad rip-off of Eminem’s Real Slim Shady, the rest of the album helps the film to maintain some interest.Subscribe to me on YouTube


  • goutham

    its not that bad movie we can watch it once

    • AC

      I Still liked the movie.. and enjoyed watching it !!

  • Unknown

    Not sure why many are making this movie a disappointment to watch. Watched this movie yesterday and was a good one to watch. Any couple in love can relate to many of the sequences. Can be enjoyed with entire family. Go watch it not believing the reviews… You will not be disappointed.

  • Naaven

    i had watched this movie and i was so happy that my money haven’t waste. all the song are very nice and the picturization was so good. a good movie not always need to show what are their role’s main character. it is how the sequence of the movie is brought towards. compared to the movie thupakki, i love poda podi more because thupakki was a good movie, and action n suspense but i feel if this character is done by someone like thale ajith it will be more better. but for the character done in poda podi by simbu i feel that roles suits him very much. this story can be watched by entire family as it shows the life cycle of a couple and how love can make differences in life.

    • Madhan

      correct nice movie good entertainment

    • Prem

      I think you have very less taste for movies.
      Tupakki is superb wonderful entertainer movie.
      And you say that you want Tala in it.
      Every movie is made based on the suites for the hero.
      Tupakki is a perfect movie for “Vijay”

      And if you see the story line of Poda Podi,it is very very boring.
      Guys if you have only enough time watch then watch Poda Podi…

  • Doss david

    Really nice reality and comedy movies only, only in the middle it was like so dragging unwanted song for his son but it was good, Apart from that Mr. Ganesh and the director have done a great job, Varu looks cute with odd voice its hard when she scolds simbu for not dancing properly. only young people will like this movie not old guys like this reviewer sorry uncle u watch the other movies for this diwali