Popcarn Review

The story is about a young music troupe searching for a guru to train them for a Pop Carnival, a competition where various forms of music are fused. They discover Vikramaditya (Mohanlal), a great musician, who had retired from music. The flashback tells the troupe's discovery of the mystery behind the musician. Though Vikramaditya and his wife Jamuna (Simran), a fusion dancer marry out of admiration for each other, ego clashes between them breaks their marriage after the unexpected birth of their daughter.


After 18 years their daughter, Megha (Jyothi), comes along with a team lead by her mother to perform in the Pop Carnival. The fusion of music at the end of competition, meeting of hearts of two young lovers and the reunion of a father and daughter at the Carnival forms the rest of the story.


There seems to be too many flaws in the script and narration. How do the Pop-Corn organisers allow a celebrated singer to be part of the youth-team, in a contest involving prize for young talents? How does Megha already a part of the Bengali group, be allowed to join the Tamil Nadu team too? Questions only the director can answer! The film which is all about music has no noteworthy songs with the music director Yuvan Shankar Raja failing.


What makes the film tolerable are the performances of the lead players. For Mohanlal, in his second Tamil film after 'Iruvar', its a finely tuned performance as the popular-singer turned alcoholic. Roles of which type he’s done in innumerable Malayalam films. Captivating is Simran, as the ambitious dancer, the caring beloved, the furious wife who holds her husband responsible for thwarting her blooming career. Going through the myriad of emotions, Simran is at her best. Fitting the bill is debutant Jyoti (sister of Simran) who plays Simran’s daughter in the film. And debutant Shakti from Mumbai theatre. With adequate support from Anju and Pop Shalini.


The story is about a young music troupe searching for a guru to train them for a Pop Carnival, a competition where various forms of music are fused. They discover Vikramaditya (Mohanlal), a great musician, who had retired from music. The flashback te (1) -

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