Balusamy (Arya) and Kuyili (Karthika), both Communists, fight for the rights of people. But they are branded as terrorists. As the Indian Army deposits waste through weapons, Balusamy plans a suicide attack on a military establishment.
But his mission fails and the court gives him capital sentence. He was handed over to Macaulay (Shaam), a no nonsense upright police officer, who believes that punishment to culprits alone can bring a change in society.
Enters Yamalingam (Vijay Sethupathi) from a family of hangmen. But he is afraid to do his job and is a tippler too. On coming to know about Balusamy, he joins hands with Kuyili to help his escape from the prison. What’s next is the crux.
Director S P Jhananathan is at it again- communicating Communism through commercial cinema. While there is no fault in his idea, Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai is not as engaging as his earlier venture Peraanmai.
Though the premise is interesting, the way things are executed leaves a lot to desire. The first half is wasted to introduce characters with songs and lengthy dialogues. Production values too are not top-notch.
Coming to performance, Vijay Sethupathi and Shaam shine bright in their respective roles. Shaam, as Macaulay, makes a strong comeback in Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai. While Karthika fits aptly to the Kuyili role. Arya fails to impress.
Varshan’s songs are adequate, while Srikanth Deva’s background score is loud at places. Ekambaram’s cinematography, especially in the trian chase sequence, is noteworthy.
On the whole, Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai is a good idea, but fails to deliver much. But one can laud Jhananathan for consistently trying to make meaningful cinema without much compromises.