Ponmagal Vandhal is a legal drama film written and directed by JJ Frederick, while Bhagyaraj, Parthiepan, Thiagarajan, Prathap Pothen, Pandiarajan, Vinodhini Vaidyanathan and others play crucial supporting roles. It is produced under 2D Entertainment by Suriya and has music by Govind Vasantha, and Ramji’s cinematography.
A woman named Jyoti is accused of kidnapping, killing, and being convicted by the court. Pethuraj (Bhagyaraj) and Venba (Jyothika) reopen the event. Rajarathinam, played by Parthiepan, challenges her. Why Jothi gives justice shapes the rest of the narrative.
One of the film’s major advantages is the OTT release, meaning no commercial concessions are required. It stays focused right from the first frame and gets into things very quickly. While Jyothika ‘s performance enhances the film, the supporting cast chip in with strong performances, particularly Parthiepan and Bhagyaraj likes.
The film’s initial portions are a pleasure to watch and ar
Beautifully made. The popular ‘Ek gaon mein, Ek Kisaan Raghu Thatha’ joke from Bhagyaraj’s own Indru Poi Naalai Vaa is recreated, we see Venba entertaining children with magic and teaching them safe and dangerous touches through many activities. The court hearings are lively until the end of the first hour, and no break. The groundwork for the second half is also beautifully laid, with a major twist right before interval. However, the film loses steam in the second half due to screenplay issues.
The film sticks to the court format until the midpoint of the second half, then then we see Venba offering an intense monolog depicting the suffering victims of rape. Now, this can be compared to Ajith’s monolog in Nerkonda Paarvai, but the difference is that it’s the closing argument in the latter, whereas it comes before we are legally convinced that Jyoti is innocent in this film. Had the monolog been in the climax, the effect would have been greater.
This film is also set in Jyothika ‘s world, where she is a crusader for system victims and marginalized women. She follows suit here, too, and the story implicitly points out the racism we experience in daily life. This also reveals how court lawyers often resort to character assassination when speaking against female attorneys, which is very novel. You don’t see a female lawyer struggling for justice in Tamil movies every day, which is a welcome change.
Another reason the film works is Govind Vasantha’s music. His violin knowledge is well-known, and his use of it in dramatic scenes adds so much to the drama. The songs do not interrupt the flow because they please the ear purpose, and because they are used as montages. Ramji’s done a good cinematography, which fits for the genre.
The film holds a very powerful message about child sexual exploitation, and it is even harder-hitting when a woman talks about it. Continue to make films like these, where society is informed about the issues associated with taboo subjects like rape and sexual violence. Overall, a certainly watchable film for Jyothika ‘s performance and a powerful message.