Vijay Superum Pournamiyum from Jis Joy is one movie you would definitely expect from a director who made a film like Sunday Holiday. Towards the end of the film, there is a segment where senior actor Siddique’s character talks about the importance of understanding the person you marry rather than doing it for the family. College going girls were whistling and clapping for those moments and that made me realize that even though the loudness of statements was irritating me there was a section of audience who was loving this film.
So Vijay and Pournami are our main protagonists. Vijay has no real ambitions in life about becoming a person with a unique identity. On the other hand, Pournami wanted to be an entrepreneur and she stayed away from the concept of marrying a total stranger. Both of them got to meet each other and talk when a wedding alliance got planned by both families. How the life of these two changed after that meeting is what Jis Joy’s Vijay Superum Pournamiyum talking about.
This is the remake of Telugu film Pelli Choopulu and I deliberately chose not to watch it as I didn’t want to do a comparison. Sunday Holiday was a movie that went well with the audience. And if you are someone who has immensely enjoyed that film, I think you should definitely watch Vijay Superum Pournamiyum. For me Sunday Holiday still remains an average film with a lighter tone. The same sort of applies to Vijay Superum Pournamiyum as well. It has its moments of humor and positivity for sure. But there is no real subtleness to the presentation of those moments. There are a lot of things that wouldn’t suit the sensibilities of the Malayali audience which we see in Telugu films. I think Jis Joy has retained such elements which makes it partially annoying at times.
Asif Ali once again becomes that irresponsible young guy. He has almost become a pro in playing such characters. There is a sequence in the film where Pournami tells Vijay about the importance of carefully handling the first order they got for their business and because it was Asif Ali, I was pretty much sure that Vijay is going to screw up the whole thing. The repetitiveness of his character selection is now a burden for the script. Aishwarya Lekshmi was confident as Pournami and she may sound similar to the characters she played before, but there is a flow to the way she performs. As always Jis Joy has given the good dialogues and moments to Siddique and he performed all that with ease and grace. Balu Varghese is there for mere comedy and Joseph Annamkutty Jose is there mostly for the publicity of the film.
Jis Joy as a filmmaker has a style that he hasn’t changed. And because of that, there is a niche audience for his movies. My problem is with that style which isn’t interested in being subtle. The motivation and positivity he is trying to create in his movies are genuine. But there is a level of spoon feeding and pattern which makes the entire movie looks a bit outdated. In Vijay Superum Pournamiyum I found some of the character behavior very annoying. The typical style of people complicating simple things without taking an effort was frequently there. At one instance Pournami is mad at Vijay for messing up everything and at the very end of all those events, Pournami is saying sorry for the sheer irresponsibility of Vijay. The dialogues have a pitched up feel on most occasions. Remember that scene in Yathrakkarude Shradhakk where Jayaram shows the difference between how a Malayali and Tamilian would say Amma? If the conversation between Mahesh and Chachan is the Malayali way, I would say the equation between Vijay and his father is in the Tamilian zone. Ranadive’s cinematography style matches the bright mood of the film. Editing continuity has issues occasionally. Music was fine while some of it was a bit excessive and were pictured in a loud way.
If you ask me how is Vijay Superum Pournamiyum, I would say it is as good as Sunday Holiday and Sunday Holiday was a neither great nor boring movie for my taste. The story idea is nice enough to create a harmless entertainer; it is just that I preferred a treatment that was subtle, nuanced and less verbal.
Rating: 2.5/5 (Rating Seekers please show some patience to read at least the first and third paragraph)
If you ask me how is Vijay Superum Pournamiyum, I would say it is as good as Sunday Holiday and Sunday Holiday was neither great nor boring movie for my taste.