Ponmagal Vandhal has already created history to be the first Direct to OTT in Tamil Cinema, directed by JJ Fredrick and released by Surya& Jyothika. This movie is pitched as a court room drama on a sensitive issue. The film starts in the year 2004 in the scenic town of lovedale, where a hideous crime of child kidnap and murder of two young men happens. Upon police investigation the crime is put upon a north indian lady named Jothi who is involved in several children kidnapping and is finally caught, but was shot when she was trying to escape from them. They recover more dead bodies of children buried at her house and the case is closed. Now in the year 2019, the same case is reopened by Mr.Pethuraj( K .Bhagyaraj) a local good Samaritan and his daughter Venba (Jyothika) defending the killer Jothi. As the town thinks that they are trying to gain publicity by reopening the case, little do they know that Venba and Pethuraj are trying to bring out the truth behind this whole case. The rest of the story deals with the court room drama and what really happen on the day of the murder.
Director JJ Fredrick has taken a sensitive issue of child rape and killings and has clearly rounds up a narrative which forms the base of the story. Jyothika stands strong in her character alongside the veteran K Bhagyaraj who gives a decent performance. Others cast do their best which their minimal screen time. But for a legal court room drama the narrative gets weak in the second half, and becomes very predictable. Jyothika’s appearance as the victim herself in the second half was not needed, and final twist was unnecessary. Ponmagal vandhal stiil stands tall as a message towards child abuse and should be watched for that reason as a family. I give it 5/10