Critics Review


An Interesting core that takes time to warm up

The film with a runtime of almost 160 minutes tries to fit in more than one theme. While capital punishment might seem the core it also has a few things to say about communism, the judicial system, governance and India being a dump yard for wastes from foreign soil. (more)

Source: Bharath Vijayakumar, MovieCrow


Arya, Vijay Sethupathi and Shaam shine in this intense jail drama

We do have a lot of films talking about prison, prisoners, death sentence, jailers, but not many film stresses upon a hangman and his life. Purampokku is one of the very first movies to showcase that.(more)

Source: Editorial board,


Courageous and Socially Relevant

�Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai� is one such film which director S.P.Jananathan uses as a powerful medium to talk point blank about the relevance of communism, India becoming a dumping ground for nuclear and radioactive waste and the abolishment of capital punishment.(more)

Source: Editorial board,



SP Jananathan's dialogues are splendid, he casually spill all his communism ideologies in every possible scenes but as the concept of the film itself is universal. Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai is another film where the concept is laudable but fails short in execution.(more)

Source: Movie buzz,


A story of an uncompromising communist rebel

The film is brutally honest about the reality: the message is that you can valiantly fight against the system and take the moral high ground, but the House will always win. It says this even while underlining the importance of putting up the good fight to preserve what is left.(more)

Source: Udhay Naig, The Hindu


The politically charged plot will keep you engaged

director S. P. Jananathan has captured this essence with delicacy and style. The simplicity of the politically charged plot, the movie overall can seem to lack a layer or two. Purampokku will keep you engaged and might make you take up a cause worth fighting for.(more)

Source: Anupama Subramanian, Deccan Chronicle


Movie Review

Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai as a prison break movie that along its way touches upon debatable issues like communism, capitalism and death penalty. (more)

Source: M. Suganth, Times Of India