Directed by: Ranjit Jeyakodi
Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Gayathrie, Mahima Nambiar
Music: Sam C.S.
Cinematography: Dinesh Krishnan
The movie opens with a suicide of a young girl and the rest of the movie deals with why she does so and its aftermath.
Kathir (Vijay Sethupathi) is an aspiring music director who also works in a shop that sells musical instruments. He meets Meera (Gayathrie), a music teacher in the shop and gets attracted towards her. Love blossoms in a pleasant way between them before they get into a big shock. Kathir receives Meera’s private pictures and videos in him mobile from an unknown number.
Who is the sender? Why Meera is being targeted? What are the consequences? What was the suicide all about?
Ranjit Jeyakodi’s Puriyatha Puthir, which has been in cold storage for nearly three years talks about the menace of the cruel pleasure some get from exposing others’ privacy. Taking pictures and videos of others’ private moments and haring them was and still is of the major scourge of communication technology. The movie has handled the issue with utmost sensitiveness and it makes the viewer feel the inhuman aspect of the whole issue. It tells the pain of the girls being victimized by such perversions in a telling manner. It tells how someone’s cheap pleasure becomes other’s death knell.
Ranjit Jeyakodi has to be appreciated for presenting this theme as an interesting thriller that has some suspense to sustain the interest of the viewer. The crisis is developed in a credible manner. The tension of the characters has been well portrayed. The menace and the responses of various players have been told realistically.
Some scenes stand out. The love that blossoms in a natural way is worth mentioning. The rain coat scene and the college scene have been well executed.
On the flip side, showing that Vijay Sethupathy is at dark about what happened to the girl in the college campus is hard to digest. This flaw dampens the impact of the shock in the climax. The way Vijay’s friends are trapped is not shown convincingly. That the movie is three years old makes the viewer disconnected with the movie up to some extent. The technological advancement of today puts many questions on the narrative. We have to keep the fact that this is three years old movie in mind to accept them. A story surrounding a technology might look dated soon. The movie suffers from this weakness.
Despite all these flaws the movie has undoubtedly made some emphatic statement on the menace of technology and the human behavior. It has the potential of creating some awareness among the people on the issue.
Vijay Sethupathy gets a meaty rope and does full justice to it. He is lovable when he loves. We feel for him when he is in pain. We hate him when he is found guilty.
Gayathrie has shown a lot of maturity in handling such a complex role. Mahima Nambiar looks beautiful and acts well in a small but important role.
Sam C.S. has given a couple of pleasant tunes and done good background score. The musical aspects of the movie could have been better given the background of the lead characters. Dinesh Krishnan’s camera work is flawless.
Socially relevant theme
Suspense and thrill
Lack of credibility in some aspects
Outdated look in terms of technology
The movie is worth watching for its theme and presentation with some good acting despite some flaws in the narrative.
Puriyatha Puthir: Suspense thriller with a strong message
Rating: 3.5 stars