Debutant director Thalapathy Prabhu has tried to follow the success formula of his guru Ponram in Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam (PET). The film is a cat and mouse game between carefree youngster Ganesh (Udhayanidhi) and neighboring village’s influential businessman Oothukettan (Parthiepan) a cunning guy who loves to become becomes famous among the villagers.
The hero and his friend in Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam are, like many other recent village-set films, uneducated, jobless young men, who are a terror to their village folk. The only difference is that the hero, Ganesan (Udhayanidhi) has an aim — to make his village, Koothapaadi, get the basic facilities that it lacks.
Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam suffers from an inconsistency in tone and this makes it less engaging than it should be. Even though the reason behind Oothukkaattaan’s motivation to take revenge feels a bit trivial, Thalapathy Prabhu treats it as quite a serious one, to give the narrative some focus. But then, he also wants the scenes involving Ganesan and his friend, Tiger Pandi (Soori) to be humorous. This makes the tone swing wildly between comedy and seriousness.
Even D Imman, is out of form (except for the majestic theme), The songs, too, are speedbreakers, and the unimaginative picturisation only makes them a greater drag. The only relief is Balasubramaniem’s bright and colourful cinematography, which makes even everyday sights of rural Tamil Nadu look exotic and appealing. Overall, the film manages to amble along to its end despite the title credits scene promising us a gripping drama.