Published 3 months ago
POOMARAM STORY: The Mahatma Gandhi University Youth Festival kicks off and two rival colleges are putting in all that they have got to win the champion’s trophy. In the course of the fest, a few things go awry due to unexpected turn of events. How will the organisers turn it around?
POOMARAM REVIEW: Action Hero Biju, Abrid Shine’s previous film, was a beautiful album strung together with pictures from the various situations that emerge in a police station. Similarly, Poomaram is also an album, flipping through the pages of which you can take a glimpse into the multitude of moods and moments at a college youth festival. Most of the frames brim with nostalgia and the raw energy that fill up such a space of art and culture. Some of them excite the viewer and some don’t.
The traditional ‘rivals’ of the Mahatma Gandhi Youth Festival, Maharajas College and St Teresa College (sic), leave no stone unturned to ensure that they emerge champions at the event. Preparations are on in full swing and the atmosphere reverberates with music, dance steps, creative thoughts, competition and what not… As the fest moves ahead and the points keep fluctuating, certain things don’t work out as expected for one of the leading colleges. Will they sail through the tricky situation and make things work to their advantage?
For anyone who has taken part in college youth festivals, Poomaram offers many memorable moments that can take them back in time and may be even, shed a tear. The days on which winning a prize means everything in life, little-known facets of talents coming to the fore, the platforms on which innocent cross-college crushes sprout, immaturity and hot-bloodedness making a mountain out of a molehill, all of them are realistically documented through Poomaram’s beautiful frames. The director, as he did in his previous movie, has tried to sequence the film as realistically as possible. Kalidas Jayaram, within the scope of his character Gauthaman, has done what he could, to bring alive his character. The actress who plays the union chairperson of St Teresa College has given a commendable performance and the team also deserves credit for her apt casting to the role. That little time spent by Meenu and ‘Kili’ Vivek immersed in the night lights of the youth festival, indulging in some realistic, funny yet cute sweet talk is one of the most precious moments from the film. Interspersing a fight with the dance performance of the kalathilakam has also come out very well.
Natural acting is conspicuous by its absence, especially in the first few frames of the film and that’s what stands out the most, among all its flaws. Kalidas’ speech urging his college mates to do their best in the fest also belongs to this league. Some of the songs, such as Thaka Tharom, could have been trimmed a bit. There are certain portions that remind one of Action Hero Biju as well. For instance, the scene in which Gauthaman and his friends sit in a dark room, listening to someone reciting soulful poetry, and of course a few scenes in the police station. The film is devoid of a solid story line and depends on the various random, though predictable moments from the fest to take it forward. The execution of the climax is also not convincing, though it is visually beautiful.
Poomaram, at 2 hours 32 minutes, rides on the strength of a handful of playful moments from the campus and if that wouldn’t trouble you as a viewer, the movie merits your time.