Cricket and cinema are probably the two sides of a coin called entertainment. A 'cricket film', if well made, obviously can be a success. Apparently cashing in on this, comes Potta Potti, a movie by young director Yuvaraj which is more of Chennai 28 meeting Lagaan.
No stunts, no sentiments or tear-jerking scenes, the flick is a collage of events that would make one laugh loud.
The storyline is wafer-thin. It is about the task facing cricketer Sadagopan Ramesh to train a bunch of rustic youth in a village to emerge winners in a cricket match. But the hilarious narration of events coupled with fun and romance, makes it an interesting watch.
Yuvaraj manages to capture the simplicity and innocence of village life in Potta Potti. In a remote village near Theni there are Kodaivanan (R Sivam) and Kolaivanan (Umar), who are cousins and who battle to hold the hands of a girl Parijatham (Harini).
The village panchayat decides that they should form a team and play cricket and winner will get the girl. Enter Ramesh (Sadagoppan Ramesh). Coming to know that he is an international cricketer, Kodaivannan and his men take him as their coach. Then comes the twist in the tale as Parijatham romances Ramesh. The movie ends with a thrilling cricket match like Lagaan.
Ramesh, who played blink-and-a-miss role as Jayam Ravi's brother in
Santosh Subramaniam, fits the bill well. It is a role written to his strength by Yuvaraj. His natural flair for comedy is evident in many scenes as Ramesh with his one-liners evokes laughter. He seems to be at ease before the camera.
Harini looks fresh and as a bubbly girl she is adequate. The likes of Sivam, Umart and Avathar Ganesh steal the show with their commendable work.
Yuvaraj's dialogues are the high point of the film. Loaded with spoof and sarcasm, they never fail to tickle your bunny bone. Arul Dev's music goes hand-in-hand with the script while Gopi Amarnath's camera captures the lush green village well.
The movie is produced by AVR Talkies in association with Flicker Studios.
There may be some logical lapses which can be excused for the fact that Yuvaraj has tried to come up with a simple and clean entertainer. It's a super six from the director.