Rating : 3 stars out of 5
Where to watch: Amazon Prime
‘Ponmagal Vandhal’ (The precious princess has arrived) by debutant director JJ Fredrick deals with an important subject in a sensitive way. The movie unfolds the mystery behind a 15-year-old case involving ‘serial killer’ Psycho Jyothi. A ‘hated criminal’, Jyothi is convicted of murder and kidnapping of four children.
Jyothika’s dual role
The heroine, Jyothika plays dual roles of Venba, an idealistic lawyer appearing for her first case and Psycho Jyothi. The Mozhi actor delivered a convincing performance as the lawyer with a rich emotional impact. However, it was missing in her portrayal as Psycho Jyothi. Her performance, especially in the chasing sequences reminded the 2005 film Chandramukhi where she was way too expressive. However, it is laudable that the husband-wife duo (Surya/Jyothika) are producing socially relevant content. This film has an ensemble cast starring Jyothika, R Parthiban, Thiagarajan, Prathap Pothen, Bhagyarajan and Pandiarajan. They all did a fine job while Vinodhini Vaidyanathan did not have much to do in a badly written supporting role.
Ramji’s cinematography, Govind Vasantha’s background score and Ruben’s editing are good and appealing, but one may feel that the writing of the film could have been slightly tighter. The opening 10 minutes appear carelessly written. The sidetracks including the tea stall conversations are mood spoilers. The ‘preachy’ scene where Venba talks about justice is one of the high points in this court drama. But it could have been great if the director had maintained such consistency throughout the film. However, barring minor flaws, ‘Ponmagal Vandhal’ is certainly worth spending your time.