Yet another OTT release this Diwali in Kollywood, of course, I had to spend a little time over the weekend to watch ‘Soorarai Pottru’ as well!
Most Indians have probably heard the story of Captain Gopinath and his dream which led to Air Deccan and the creation of a chapter in the history of Indian Aviation. If you don’t, ‘Soorarai Pottru’ is a fictional representation of the story.
Directed by Sudha Kongara, the film stars a brilliant cast that includes Suriya, Paresh Rawal, Aparna Balamurali, Urvashi, Mohan Babu, Karunas, Krishnakumar, Kaali Venkat, and several other. And not to forget the brilliant crew with Sudha with G.V.Prakash for Music, Niketh Bommireddy on cinematography, Sathish Suriya on editing. The music compliments the storyline perfectly in a very subtle and observant way! The editing is flawless but my favourite was the Cinematography. Scenes like the one where Suriya is the airport begging for money so that he can go see his sick father keep you completely entranced and at the edge of your seat which a whole new appreciation for Suriya’s acting and how this talent is exhibited. Urvashi’s and Aparna’s performance shine threw alongside Suriya’s. Having just watched Urvashi in a contrasty different character in ‘Mookuthi Amman‘, she’s proven yet again the she might be one of the most talented actresses of this generation.
You can see the excellent writing in the way the film comes together with brilliant characters. Even the characters with short roles are effective and to the point and play their roles in the story. As intense as the first half is, the second half slows a little with a little more serious side to things. By making sure to say that this is based on true stories instead of calling it a biopic, Sudha keeps us guessing who each character could be and what could be fiction. I’ve never been a huge fan of biopics or films based on real incidents. They always seemed to lose my interest very soon. This one, however, kept me occupied the entire time looking for the fiction, relating to the stories I had already heard of.
What the film missed a bit was the depth in character for the antagonists. Parsh Rawal’s character for example misses the memo and rather seems like a standard made-up evil character.
Overall, it’s a brilliantly portrayed story that makes you relate to the characters on a different level! If I haven’t made it clear yet, this film is a don’t miss! It came out on Nov 12th and is on Amazon Prime! Go watch now! I’d give the film a 4.5/5!