This Coming-of-age Story of 4 Boys, is a Total Entertainer
By Malini Mannath | Express Features | Published: 27th January 2014 04:14 PM |
With its unusual fresh plotting, an engaging screenplay, well-written lines, and some fine performances, Goli Soda makes for compelling viewing. It’s the coming-of-age story of four adolescent boys who work in the Koyambedu Market, Chennai - the quartet’s search for their own identity, and their struggle to protect it against all odds.
The film is cinematographer-director Vijay Milton’s second directorial venture after Azhagai Irukirai Bayamai Irukkirathu. The four boys of Pasanga - Kishore, Pandi, Sriram and Murugesh - playing the boys who work in the market, give some fine performances. The rest of the cast of little known actors, fit in beautifully.
There is Aachi, the amiable kind hearted woman (Sujatha) who turns mentor to the boys; Naidu (Madhusudhan), who owns most of the shops in the market and lends his godown to the boys; Naidu’s right hand Mayilu (Vijaymurugan) who takes no humiliation lightly; and Manthiravaadhi (Imman Annachi) a cart driver friendly with the boys.
It’s a hilarious scene where an inebriated Imman takes on the cops who had arrested him. There are the two girls, inspiration in their own ways to the boys - Aachi's daughter Yamini (Chandini), and the skinny bespectacled ATM (brilliantly played by Seetha). The early part where the boys engage in wooing the girls is monotonous. But it picks up interest when the boys start to become more responsible. Finding their newfound identity threatened by Naidu and his men, the quartet with Aachi hatch a plan to teach them a lesson.
The fights are ably choreographed (Supreme Sunder). Splendid is the scene where the boys cornered by Naidu and his men fight back. There is a bit of chaos towards the latter part, where the four get separated, making one wonder if the director had lost his plot. But Milton regains his grip and steers the film to an interesting finale.
Milton’s camera captures the ambience realistically. The climax is a masterstroke, well crafted. Director Pandiraj’s dialogues are crisp, witty and meaningful. Power Star Sreenivasan appears as himself in a couple of scenes and a song number, making one wonder on this misplaced tribute to him!
There are the glitches, and some moments that may be cinematic and overdone. But with its freshness of plot and narration, it’s a clean wholesome entertainer (124 minutes) that definitely warrants a watch.