Puthagam -- Black Horse Of Pongal

Puthagam -- Black Horse Of Pongal

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Puthagam is the movie which had created some expectation after wonderful trailer. Arya’s brother “Sathya”, Director Santhanabharathy’s son “Sanjay”, Director Vijay Adiraj mark their debut in Tamil Cinema through this movie. Trailer made most of us feel that it was as good as “Ko” Trailer. Let us see whether it will satisfy the Common Man in this Review. 

Story: Political Thriller is a rare GENRE in Tamil Cinema. Movie which got released with same genre last year was a disaster. It is very risky to take a THRILLER movie as it needs intelligent screenplay to make it as an edge of seat thriller else people will ignore the movie. Fast Screenplay is very important for a successful Thriller Movie. In first half, director had leisurely taken his own time to introduce 3 leading characters along with heroine without much engaging scenes, which make the movie little dragging. But, in the second half, the movie was moving at a great pace with the help of interesting screenplay and twists.
Sathya (Arya’s brother) makes a decent debut through this movie. He had to improve a little on his acting to become a Romantic Hero in Tamil Cinema. SMILE is very important for Tamil Heroes; few heroes have acted in more than 10 movies just because of their smile. He had to speak with his brother Arya and learn how to give a mischievous & romantic smile.

Sanjay Barathi (Santhanabharathy’s son) makes a promising debut. He looks very confident in acting and no one will believe if I say this one as his debut movie. He definitely looks like a matured actor who had acted in more than 5 movies. He looks similar to Telugu Movie heroes and I would suggest him to release his next movie both in Tamil & Telugu as he will be definitely liked by Telugu Audience. 


Rakul Preet Singh was Femina Miss India 2011. Her first Tamil movie was “Thadaiyara Thakka”. But, her role was kept in dark for most of the scenes to keep the suspense around her character. She perfectly fits the role as Newsleader in this movie. Her face is similar to the Newsleaders which we usually see in leading News Channels. She looks good and has acted superbly.

Jagapathy Babu who had received lots of Nandi Awards for Telugu Movies plays a crucial role in this movie after Madrasi and Thandavam. He had done his role to perfection.

Music by James Vasanthan was awesome. “Kangal Irandal” from Subramaniyapuram is one of the best melodies of Tamil Cinema. This will be his first urban – centric movie and the songs were very average. But, the background music and theme music were awesome.

Cinematography by Laxman was Excellent. Movie was shot with Sony F 65. Each and every frame looks very fresh and the picturization of the songs were too good.

Editing by Kevin was perfect. First half of the movie was dragging and he could have edited few more scenes. But, editing in the second half was perfect and that’s the reason for the excellent second half.

Director Vijay Adiraj makes the Brilliant debut and I am quite sure that he will be one of the leading directors in our Tamil cinema in future. He had compromised in the first half to give opportunity to all the actors in the movie and that’s the reason, it looks dragging. Scenes in the first 30 minutes were not too good and he had given more importance to voiceover by RJ Balaji which may work for few audiences and may not for the rest. Second Half of the movie is completely different from the first half and you may not believe that it is directed by the same person who did the first half. Screenplay was awesome in the second half, songs were placed at the correct locations, and dialogues were good except few punch dialogues spoken by Jagapathy Babu.

One Line: Puthagam will be the BLACK HORSE in this Pongal race as it may get good WORD OF MOUTH...

Sathish Kumar