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Puriyaatha Puthir Synopsis:
Kathir (Vijay Sethupathi), a music director, starts seeing Meera (Gayathrie), who teaches music. He starts receiving compromising videos of Meera, and desperately tries to find out the person wrecking their lives, but will it be too late?
Puriyaatha Puthir review:
Puriyaatha Puthir takes a while to get going, with director Ranjit taking quite a bit of time to set up the romance, which, while not bad, is rather flat. It doesn’t help that Gayathrie’s performance lacks the spark that we expect. Even Vijay Sethupathi seems to be on auto-pilot.
But the director keeps us interested by promising something more beneath the surface with visual and aural hints. Even when everything seems to be rosy with the romance, something seems off. One night, Meera feels she is being stalked by someone in her apartment complex. Vinod’s affair gets exposed and results in a tragedy. DJ gets caught in a drug bust.
There are also red herrings — the husband of Vinod’s lover, a dead girl from whose number Kathir gets the messages... The handheld shots (the cinematography is by Dinesh Krishnan) seem to indicate the presence of another person beyond the frame, which lends a bit of creepiness. And the music by Sam CS adds to the tension in the scenes.
It is these thriller elements that keep us hooked. Not since Pissasu has a film shown high-rise apartments in such eerie fashion. Also, somewhere, Kathir’s desperation strikes a chord. A scene where he has to silently suffer public shaming is well realised.
However, the film’s final portion, which lifts the curtain behind the mystery, doesn’t feel novel. As in Lens, which released earlier this year, the pervasiveness of mobile phones equipped with cameras and the disruption such technology causes in our lives — how something that seems OK when it involves another person becomes a tragedy when it happens to us — is what Ranjit wants to talk about. But given that Lens told us the same thing fairly recently (even though this film was shot a while ago), this ‘message’ doesn’t impact us as much as it should.