Hari films are never a dearth of action packed sequences that involves adrenaline rush of car chases, unlimited usage of weapons, splashing bloods, fast-zooming and panning camera shots, where it travels more than 10 miles in one second. His latest release Poojai that stars Vishal and Shruthi Haasan in lead roles with an ensemble star-cast of Radhika Sarathkumar, Sathyaraj, Jayaprakash, Thalaivasal Vijay, Mukesh Tiwari, Soori, Imman Annachi, Black Pandi, Manobala and many others comes with the same package. Let’s see how engaging and entertaining is ‘Poojai’ compared to the previous films of Hari.

The story traverses through the lives of different characters. Vishal plays the role of Vasu, a powerful person in the busy vegetable market leading his livelihood with money lending business. When he falls in love with a beautiful girl (Shruthi Haasan), she abuses him verbally of what status he has to propose her in spite of a long friendship. Sooner she falls for him and then realises that she Vishal is none other than the only heir to a huge tycoon family. Meanwhile, Mukesh Tiwari, a deadly don and contract killer hatches plans to kill a honest police commissioner (played by Sathyaraj). But somehow, Vishal saves him and there begins the hunt from the baddies. But a surprise twist in the tale connects them all by fate much before they met. What is the connecting factor and how they’re going to take revenge forms crux of the story.

Let us put in simple way, if you’re not looking out for a perfect logic, Hari’s Poojai is your cup of coffee. His fast-paced narration eclipses some of the drawbacks of illogical quotients and revealing them actually, especially the climax would be a spoiler. The first half moves with subtle pace and nearly for the first 20 minutes, there is little sluggishness in the tale. But sooner, after the rescue of Sathyaraj by Vishal, the drama picks up the momentum and from then onwards Hari manages to keep everyone engrossed. The intermission action sequences is almost like a climax and it gives an easy scenario to conclude how the climax is going to be. The clash between the hero and villain directly was something we had seen in Singam II itself and Hari employs the same methodology here as well. Although the climax is easily predictable, the raciness in the script keeps us so much adhered. There are certain scenes that are little outdated. Look out for the scene where Sathyaraj meets Vishal and says, ‘Engada Irundha Ithana Naala?’ which is somewhat closer to Vijayakumar speaking with Suriya in Singam.

The major plus is the ensemble star-cast that gives you the mixed feeling of emotions, fun and entertainment. Vishal’s action sequences is yet again larger than life role, but the scenes of emotions and romance works out some good results. But it would have been nice if he had concentrated on some hilarious quotients as well. Director Hari has to make sure that his protagonists are presented with humorous elements as well from his next projects, which is only need of focus. Shruthi Haasan looks little odd for the characterisation she has played. But she has done her best in some of the scenes like following the baddie’s henchman and tracing him is a good one. But her dancing is little mediocre and she really needs some improvisation in voice modulation. Of course, she is fantastic singer, but when it comes to rendering dialogues, she has to look up for some abrupt decisions, whether to dub with her voice or someone else.

Musical score by Yuvan Shankar Raja is so much disappointing and he keeps his fans hopes dashed over and again. In few places, he gets well with background score, especially for the ones that involves Sathyaraj. The comedy scenes comprising of Soori, Black Pandi are okay, but the ‘Banana’ double entendre comedy is really pathetic and really needs a deletion if Hari wants family audiences to watch this film.

Filled with some emotions, heavy load of action sequences, some romance and few humour, Poojai is yet another usual package from Hari, but the elements like strong characterisations makes it worth watching.

Verdict: Passable entertainer engaging in parts.

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