There was something very distinctive and lively in the promos of Vijay Superum Pournamiyum. The film is a remake of the Telugu blockbuster “Pelli Choopulu” and with Jis Joy teaming up with Asif Ali again after “Sunday Holiday”, expectations were high indeed. Both his earlier films were feel good entertainers and this one is not an exception either.
The director explodes you with almost all important characters even before the title credits get over. Vijay (Asif Ali) had completed his engineering, but he is passionate about starting a beach side restaurant. His father (Siddique) is a straight forward person and wants Vijay to live his life with confidence and self-respect. He also makes Vijay repeat positive statement as a kid (like “Vijay is Super”, which is also associated to an old Vijay Super Scooter which his dad owns). Somehow, this does not work as he grows. Due to some business loss and based on his brother advice, Vijay’s parents are coerced to get him married to a girl from a well to do family. Pournami (Aishwarya Lekshmi) has completed MBA and wanted to do business. She tried her luck twice but failed, which doesn’t deter her from exploring a third one. However, her parents (Renji Panicker and Shanthi Krishna) are keen to marry her off.
In a very interesting mix-up scene, both Vijay and Pournami end up locked in a room for some time. While they confess to each other that they are not keen in getting married, however, they end up discussing their life stories to kill the time. How they meet up again and how their lives intervene with the business they start is what the film is all about. Story wise, it’s very simple and could have ended as a boring love story. But this one is scripted so beautifully that you start living right in the middle of these two characters and their families and enjoy what is unfolding.
The characters are delightfully sweet (except for the would-be father-in-law), everyone are positive and talk only good things. The parents of both Vijay and Pournami are typical urban upper middle class with dreams and always worried about their kid’s future. At the same time, they are understanding and always lenient towards their kid. I have never imagined one can compare “relationship” with “making a coffee”…even that is explained and justified here sweetly. To add to the goodness factor we also have another side-plot, where we are shown a greedy daughter who dies sooner than her ailing mother, who is bedridden for many years.
Asif Ali as Vijay is in his comfort zone, he fits the role perfectly. Aishwarya has another worthy role and she makes it memorable. The supporting actors like Renji Panicker, Shanthi Krisha, KPAC Lalitha and Siddique, all have good lengthy roles and do their part very well. Aju Varghese, Balu add to the comic portions. Technically the film is perfect with apt BGM and good songs, smooth editing, bright and colourful cinematography. Most of the scenes are shot interiors but it looks lively. The dialogues are simple, effective and perfect. It makes you laugh, think and also cry sometimes.
There are hardly any negatives in this film (considering the genre). The sentimental scenes towards the end may not go well with some audience. But, even these portions are balanced impeccably with good performance (not going over board), unique premise (Radio FM) and some funny dialogues in between, which leaves you with a full heart. The problem with romantic feel good films is that you know the climax. Inspite of that, if you can weave an interesting screenplay and keep the audience engaged with the characters for two and half hours, you have a winner. Vijay Superum Pournamiyum is one such film.
When the movie ends and you see the director Jis Joy’s name out there, you seriously can’t thank him enough for taking you through this joyful and emotional ride. Vijay Superum Pournamiyum is indeed a decent “feel good” entertainer which will tug at your heartstrings more than once.
Rating – 3.5/5