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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rediff reviews Kalaignar-in Ponnar Shankar (Tamil Film)

The first thing that needs to be understood when it comes to Lakshmi Shanti Movies' magnificently advertised 'historical' Tamil movie, Ponnar-Shankar, is that there's nothing even remotely historical about it.
ponnar shankar review
Of course, the movie is based on M Karunanidhi's work by the same name, which is based on legends about warrior brothers among the Goundar community. But it is so commercialised, with half-clad women prancing in Jodhaa Akbar kind of jewellery, and incessant fights, wars and lame dialogues that you get incredibly disappointed.

What makes the movie even more painful to watch is that technically, this story had a lot of potential.

Prashanth, shouldering the bulk of the movie, looks fit, trim and performs stunts with panache. Sadly, that's all that can be said of his performance.

The biggest drawback, though, is the fact that historical accuracy has been thrown to the winds. No time period is mentioned, there are no references to places or kings.

Perhaps realising the futility of the project, Ilaiyaraja has just skimmed the bare bones of his usually fulfilling musical compositions. The tunes are all generic, and though the background score rises and falls in operatic fashion, none of it gels.

As a historical movie, this one's an epic fail.

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