Soorarai Pottru Movie Review: After a long time Suriya has done a note-worthy filmModified On: 12 November 2020 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
Soorarai Pottru is a well-made film based on real-life events. The film dropped on Amazon Prime Video on November 12.
Cast: Suriya, Aparna Balamurali, Paresh Rawal, Urvashi, Mohan Babu
Director: Sudha Kongara
After a lot of trashy films, we see a note-worthy Suriya film after a long long time. Wish the makers could have released the film in the theatre, it would have been blockbuster but still happy to see Suriya at it's best.
Soorarai Pottru is based on the book Simply Fly on the founder of Air Deccan, Captain Gopinath’s life, the man who revolutionised India’s aviation industry.
The opening sequence of the film is quite praiseworthy, There is an issue to land the flight and we are introduced to Maara (Suriya) with an impeccable background score by GV Prakash who communicates to the pilot to land it elsewhere but it doesn't happen smoothly and troubles come on the way of Maara.
Then the events occurring in the film is shown through flashbacks, how Maara who is from a humble background, a man who is from a village dreams big and to whom the sky is beyond the limit.
Soorarai Pottru is not an usual underdog film, Sudha tries to convey the story by showcasing the importance of the relationship of the man for his loved ones.
Here the director combines the heroic elements but in a subtle way shows his human side also. The strength of the film is Maara's relationship with his wife. Here Aparna Gopinath is not used as a wooden female lead which happens in most of the star-studded movies. Here Sundari has her own character arc and even has a proper job. She runs a bakery and provides financial help to her husband when he is completely broke.
A Particular scene from the film reminds me of Richard Attenborough's Gandhi where we see Gandhi's human side when he scolds his wife Kasturba Gandhi when she refuses to clean the toilet.
Though the seen is not a replica of it but here Maara who is so close to his wife and has the freedom to talk to her whatever he wants his hesitant to ask money from her. This makes Maara a common man and when he tries to achieve something impossible you as an audience is with him, that's the victory of the film.
All the characters in the film have a depth in their role they are not in the film for just a support system to the protagonist.
Generally in Tamil films, we see a Bollywood actor portraying villain characters and they are half-baked who are just ready to get bashed by the hero and terribly lip their dialogues.
But here Paresh Rawal though his character was single dimension and his name in the film is Paresh Goswami still he talks Gujarati he has a character arc, his hatred towards Maara is not that he is his competitor in the profession but with his idea of making a common man be a passenger and sit with a high-class person. The class hierarchy is his issue, and that is shown very well.
The only drawback of the film is lousy CGI effect, some of the aircraft scenes doesn't look convincing.
But as I said the film's strength is its the emotional depth of all the characters, and lead has a strong reason which draws him to achieve something. The emotional scene of Maara breaking down when he couldn't attend his father's funeral might break your heart.
Soorarai Pottru soars high, it's an inspirational story of a man who has a dream which is beyond the limit of the SKY.
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