Vijay Adiraj is a famous personality on Television, who has been part of many TV serials and reality shows. The TV star has sidelined his acting talents for a while and has taken a liking towards directing movies in big screen. Vijay Adiraj’s debut attempt as a director in big screen has resulted in Puthagam. Puthagam is a comic thriller, that attempts to throws light on three youngsters living in Chennai and things that happen in their life with the mix of love, politics and so on.
Here is the plot of Puthagam. Three youngsters live a life with less money to survive. Actors Sathya, brother of actor Arya, Sanjay Bharathi, son of actor Santhana Bharathi and Vignesh have played the three lead roles. Actress Rakul Preet Singh plays the female lead role as a press reporter. She finds romance with Sathya. While the life seems dry without enough money, soon the three youngsters find too much money through an ill way with a connection to a local politician (Suresh). What happens to them forms the rest of the plot.
Puthagam is a slow page turner. The reason is that the director Vijay Adiraj takes his own time to present characters well to the audiences. He almost takes an entire first half of the movie to make the audiences get along with his characters on screen. Some comic sequences and dialogues help the first half a bit.
The second half, however, seems to inject thriller elements, which fails to create what the director intends to create. The screenplay appears dud, as the interesting essence is missing somewhere along the script. The scenes just do not help the movie establish its theme. The climax again turns out in a manner where the hero is portrayed as the one man army to destroy all the evil.
Overall, Puthagam is not a good read for this Pongal holiday!