“Pokkiri Raja”… YAWN!

Posted on March 4, 2016


Spoilers ahead…

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After the fairly funny Thamizhukku Enn Ondrai Azhuthavum (never mind that it was supposed to be a thriller), director Ramprakash Rayappa returns with a comedy about a man who expels huge gusts of air from a bodily orifice and causes much unpleasantness to others. No. It’s not that. I’m talking about yawning, which, in the world of Pokkiri Raja, is a potent wind generator. Apparently, it’s a thing. We see videos of a South Korean girl who yawned in a restaurant and created a mini-tornado. You just have to be able to harness that power, like Spider-Man harnessed the sticky fluids shooting out of his teenaged body. I think this film is meant as a spoofy riff on superhero movies – but it’s so wretchedly amateurish, it’s hard to say. Sanjeevi (Jiiva) is the chronic yawner. Sunita (Hansika Motwani) is a social activist who hoses down men who pee in public. Sibiraj is a gangster named ‘Cooling Glass’ Guna who’s… um, I don’t think even he knows what he’s doing in the film. During action scenes, the background score goes “Get ready ready ready to die.” Of course. We bought the ticket, didn’t we?


  • Pokkiri Raja = rogue
  • Thamizhukku Enn Ondrai Azhuthavum = see here

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