Pokkiri Simon Malayalam Movie
Since director Jijo Antony dedicates "Pokkiri Simon" to Tamil actor Vijay, there is no need to rack your brains about the story of this film. Mass dialogues and even scenes from the superstar's potboilers find ample space in the script penned by Ampady. K. Perhaps, this is the first ever attempt to narrate the story of a Tamil actor's fans in Kerala. But the events turn out to be a damp squib because either the writer or the filmmaker can hardly elevate their creative musings apart from portraying the commotion of the fans effectively.
'Pokkiri' Simon (Sunny Wayne) is the leader of a Vijay fan club in Thiruvananthapuram city, assisted by 'Hanuman' Biju (Jacob Gregory) and Ganesan (Sarath Kumar). They vie against another Vijay fans association on the outskirts of the city, led by Naushad (Saiju Kurup), in putting up big hoardings of Vijay and creating pandemonium in theatres. The saturation of dedication to the actor shows even a retired ISRO employee, Sitaram Iyer (Nedumudi Venu) joins them. So there's no dearth of the adulation of fans. Reminiscent of a Vijay film, Simon bumps into a charming girl, Deepa (Prayaga Martin) and what follows is his attempt to woo her.
Since conflict is the necessary essence of a creation, you have a villain, Arjun (Shammi Thilakan) and Simon now puts on the garb of a do-gooder. Though the action takes place in the capital city, all the characters are reluctant to avoid their Kochi or Malabar dialect. Jijo has conceived the film exclusively for the Vijay fans but from a viewer's point of view, the film indirectly underlines the common question about the fan clubs: what is their contribution to cinema? Their portrayal in the film does not go beyond making noise and placing cut-outs. This is the limitation and dilemma the filmmaker faces here in developing the plot. When things go out of hands, there is no alternative to jazz up the movie.
The characterisation of Simon as a carefree youth, his family background and love affair evoke the feeling of imitation of scenes from Vijay films. Sunny faces no hiccups in essaying the character but his screen presence fails to create an impression. Prayaga Martin as a girl from an affluent family does not have ample room for performance.
"Pokkiri Simon" is a risible attempt to whip up the excitement of hardcore fans of Tamil actor Vijay. All efforts go in vain owing to an aimless tale and poor execution.
Kiran & Allan
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