Soorarai Pottru on Amazon Prime Video: Suriya and Aparna Balamurali shine in a solid but unspecial drama

Posted on November 12, 2020


In terms of sheer professionalism, the film is the best thing that’s come on the southern OTT space. But is that enough?

Spoilers ahead…

It’s lovely when the hero of a film has a solid ambition. It’s lovelier when the heroine has one, too. Maaran (Suriya) — based on Air Deccan founder GR Gopinath and his book, Simply Fly — wants to create a low-cost airline. Bommi (Aparna Balamurali) wants to run a bakery. The loveliest touch is when they make a pact (her suggestion) that their earnings go into a common pool. It’s not his income or hers, but theirs. I don’t think I’ve seen household financial decisions being depicted on screen ever, less so when the couple is yet to get hitched. The Maaran-Bommi scenes are the best thing about Soorarai Pottru, directed by Sudha Kongara. (She’s a friend. I had a look at an early draft of the script.) Suriya has many big acting moments here, and his most brilliant one is in the scene where — despite that pre-marital pact — Maaran hesitates to ask Bommi for money. Her business is soaring. His is just not taking off. You can see him struggle to bring out the words, which seem stuck in his throat.

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