|Release date : Oct 22, 2014|
|123telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5|
|Director : Hari|
|Producer : Vishal|
|Music Director : Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Starring : Vishal, Shruti Haasan|
Continuing with the trend of dubbing films, yet another action entertainer, Pooja has hit the screens today. Starring Vishal and Shruthi Haasan, this film is directed by Hari who made movies like Yamudu and Singham 2 in the past. Let’s now see how the film is.
Vasu(Vishal) is a money lender who does finance business in a vegetable market. He falls in love with Divya(Shruthi Haasan) and spends good time with her. One fine day, he saves the life of a police officer(Satyaraj) who is attacked by the dreaded Singanna(Mukesh Tiwari) and his gang.
After the attack, Vasu comes to know that it is the same Singanna, who is also posing a threat to his family in his village. Rest of the story is as to how Vasu saves his entire family from the evil clutches of Singanna.
Vishal is undoubtedly the major plus point of this film. Right from the word go, he takes center stage and gives in a honest performance. As usual, he does well in all the action and emotional sequences. Shruthi Haasan looks apt for her role and provides the necessary eye candy.
Mukesh Tiwari is pretty good as the bad guy. He gets a meaty role and does his best in his character. Action sequences have been neatly designed, and elevate Vishal’s heroism perfectly. First half is entertaining and has the necessary romance, comedy and action episodes. Comedian Suri brings in decent laughs in the first half.
Story of this flick is quite routine as the entire film runs on only one angle. Once the twist is revealed during the interval, the film becomes highly predictable. Even though the villain does an decent job with his performance, the director fails to elevate his role to the desired level. He does not pose much threat for Vishal to do the so called violence that is showcased in the second half.
The entire second half is filled with bloodshed and has only action episodes filled up. Though the intensity provided here is decent, it gets repetitive and boring after a while. There is absolutely no entertainment in the second half which is also a major let down. Senior actress like Radhika is wasted in a minor role. Satyaraj’s police character has no justification at all and is hurried on to us.
Production values of the film are quite good and showcase the film in a rich light. Camerawork is decent and elevates the village set up convincingly. Music of the film is a huge let down as none of Yuvan Shankar Raja’s tunes are hummable. But it is his background score that elevates the film to a decent level.
Dialogues are pretty good, and luckily all the so called beeps which we were used to have vanished. Screenplay by Hari is mediocre as you get the feel that the entire film is wrapped up by the first half itself. The director has stretched the plot too far making it quite tedious and routine.
On the whole, Vishal’s Pooja has an entertaining first half with decent romance, comedy and action episodes. But it is the second half which falls flat. Even though the intensity here is good, it gets overboard, predictable and repetitive making Pooja just an below average affair.
123telugu.com Rating – 2.75/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team