Worth the wait!
After all, if the past year-and-a-half cooped up in our homes has taught us anything, it’s that there’s nothing better than a mind-brewing Malaysian Tamil movie to take us to a place that’s far, far away from our current one.
Pain is temporary, but a well-written screenplay is forever!
To begin with, it’s time for us to say that Poochandi is an absolute delight of a masterpiece to watch in 2022. Yes, you’ve heard all the buzz about this movie. But if you haven’t watched it yet, make room in your schedule.
Wickneswaren Kaliaperumal or JK Wicky is a director full of fascinating stories, and this is what I felt when I watched his film. He falls among that rare breed of directors, whose films are trend-setters, and in fact, a genre, in itself. What makes his films extra special are the real, genuine, relatable and, above all, flawed characters.
Touted to be a horror thriller genre, the story follows an Indian national and horror story magazine journalist Murugan (RJ Ramana) who travels to Malaysia to collect unique and paranormal stories. What started as an ordinary story search turns into a horrific life changing mystery when Murugan meets Shankar, who shares a spine-chilling paranormal experience that happened to him and his friends.
Heard of the ‘spirit of the coin’ game session?
A game which is similar to Ouija Board. Yes, but what makes this film different?
Poochandi is something powerful and tantalising about the fear of the unknown and the rich history of Hinduism. Supernatural stories and myths of other fascinating entities which have been around since ancient times. It can be anywhere, it can look like anyone, and it won’t stop following its victims until they’re dead, or they choose to extend the curse to somebody else.
As an audience, I felt that Wicky’s Poochandi was a brave effort and his hard work is bound to result in the success of this mind-blowing flick. Right from the start of the movie, I noticed that the director has put in his time for the research, which translated into delivering facts to the audience.
The Coin, Kannukku Theriyathe Nathi, Thoppan, Chokan and Suppan are among the important elements that all I can say is the amount of research that has come out of each and every aspect of our ancient Hindu history, really wowed me!
Be it visuals, action sequences, VFX and make-up, all these factors in the movie has surely taken our Malaysian Tamil Film Industry to the next level, thanks to outstanding visualisation by Wicky and his technicians to bring the director’s dream alive on-screen.
Having said that, with a nerve-wrecking plot, the movie is technically brilliant. Be it the scenes in the UUM hostels or in paddy fields, where even the driest field looked stunning, these scenes never failed to dazzle us!
The movie is worth another watch because of the cast!
Why do we say so?
Featuring Mirchi Ramana, Dinesh Sarathi Krishnan, Logan Nathan, Ganesan Manoharan, and Hamsini Perumal, they have delivered a masterful performance on point. In addition to being eye-catching, the casts for the movie were handpicked meticulously by the team to give the best performance and give justice to the characters.
Apart from the stellar cast, the Founder of Astana Art’s – the late Ravi Shankar’s meticulous performance of the title character Poochandi, was simply fabulous. His every step during the night rain scene in the middle of the paddy field, really was goosebump worthy.
Definitely a scene to look out for!
Sound design is an important element for this movie and it has been expertly done by the sound team!
Meticulously created, this flick has its sound design as one of its strong backbone having witnessed the sound team give and impactful sound design that would resonate an amplify the suspense that the movie is about. Jeson & Dustin Atty the main duo of Sound Design from Sound Universe has given a truly original score, which adds layers to the setting, context, and suspense of the film, is the first aspect of the sound design that stands out.
Poochandi reminds audiences that some success comes from talent and hard work, and some of it just comes from being in the right place at the right time.
“Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Poochandi offers a chance for anyone who has questions about the Hindu ancient story. What difference is a miracle from a supernatural event, anyway?
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The entire team deserves a standing ovation!