Sanjeevi is an office going youngster who runs into trouble for his seemingly infectious and frequent yawns over his he has no control. He falls for a colleague, Sunita for her flawless character and charming looks after starting off on the wrong foot. Unfortunately, the duo offend a notorious hoodlum ‘Cooling Glass’ Guna who makes it his mission to take them out to restore his pride. When things heat up, Sanjeevi’s tryst with yawning takes the reigns to change the course of the movie.
Running Time:
141 min
Release date:
04 March 2016
Directed by:
Ramprakash Rayappa
Produced by:
P. T. Selvakumar
T. S. Ponselvi
Written by:
S. Gnanagiri
Ramprakash Rayappa
Hansika Motwani
Yogi Babu
Chithra Lakshmanan
Music by:
D. Imman
Shot by:
Editing by:
V J Sabu Joseph
Distributed by:
Cosmo Village Release

What’s Hot

  • The visual effects and cinematography techniques employed to indulge the fantasy element in the story are quite convincing and effective. The brief narration of an ancestral history using animation is also pretty well done.
  • A fragile story line is played on screen effectively with the fantasy premise giving it a good scope to improvise. The transformation undergone by the movie by the time we hit the half-time is quite unpredictable, just when we are about to resign ourselves for another formulaic cat-and-mouse revenge saga.
  • Hansika as an actor has very little scope, but as an eye candy, she is at her sizzling best. The costumes and hairdo are excellent too and her playful dialogue modulations add more to her character. The initial exchanges involving Hansika and Jiiva were well written like the rest of the dialogues in the movie.
  • If all out fun is your primary objective, this movie cannot disappoint you for its sheer dose of humour in the even the most unexpected situations. Yogi Babu, Ramdoss and Manobala are instrumental in their own ways to build that layer of fun that engulfs the entire duration of the movie.

What’s Not

  • We hate to say the music was major turnoff, just because it was too loud. The BGM was catchy and suited Sibiraj’s character, but an overdose is always lethal and it was too many decibels over the threshold of comfort. The opening song too was just a string of frenzied screams and even the sound design for the comic scenes started to get uncomfortable.
  • With award winning editing in Vallinam to his credit, it was a shocker to see the inconsistent cuts from V J Sabu Joseph that kept the movie from progressing seamlessly. The noticeable number of repetitive slow motion scenes featuring Sibiraj in a blaring BGM did not help the cause either.
  • Director Ramprakash Rayappa captured the attention of quite a few with his work in Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum, but seemed to lack the finesse in this outing where he seems to be in a dilemma on deciding if he wanted to lean the fantasy-comedy way or the action-thriller way and ends up going really nowhere.




Verdict Stamp

Pokkiri Raja starts out slow to pick up an entertaining touch on the way - though oscillating between two varied modes of narration, the fun manages to evade the pits and keeps the movie quite funny up till the very end!