Pourudu has a story that could have been quite engaging, but the pace is slow and the impact is low in key scenes. The music is easy on ears, but the comic scenes do not amuse.
Plot Ajay has topped in his civils, and is waiting for his interview call. His father, meanwhile, is Panduranga, the right-hand man of Zakir Bhai, an influential figure locally. Panduranga believes that he and his Bhai do what the law cannot do, owing to long procedures while Ajay maintains that they are all goons. Ajay gets involved in some fights trying to save his father being bashed up by Bhai's rival Kasi's son, Suri. Hussain is a sincere police inspector keen on arresting all the wrongdoers in town, and jails father-son. Ajay's future is in jeopardy, but there's more to it than that meets the eye.
Story, Screenplay and Direction The story actually has potential, but the narration is quite slow. Some scenes are unnecessarily dragged. It doesn't have to be loud, but the grip is obviously missing in the second half. Bland's the word, even with some well-executed action sequences. The editing is okay, but the dubbing is not up to the mark.
The humor element is provided by Ali, and it fails to amuse as it's overdone. The first half concentrates on the father-son conflict and the love story. The second half has the 'Pourudu' coming alive. There's a fair amount of violence in the second half, and a little bit of outsmarting. As mentioned earlier, the impact is quite low.
The pluses: the story, the two well-defined character i.e., Panduranga and his son Ajay, the music.
The minuses: the pace, the wavering direction in the second half and the predictable nature of the climax.
Performances Sumanth shines in a few scenes, but the rest of the movie he looks bored; the pace of the movie has something to do with it. Suman is okay, but Sumanth-Suman scenes are touching. Kajal looks sweet, and justifies her brief role, as it is essentially a father-son story. Nasser suits the role of Zakir Bhai, as does Kota with a fake sharp canine as Kasi. Amit as Kasi's son is convincing, while Subbaraju as Inspector Hussain does a good job. Ali and Brahmanandam are wasted in half-baked comic tracks.
Music and Dance The music is nice, while the picturization is not bad. It could have been better though, especially the choreography.
Last Word The theme and the story are interesting enough, but the narration lacks grip in the second half. It's not a bad watch, but slightly boring due to a slow pace.