Ponmagal Vandhal (OTT Release)
29/May/2020 Thriller, Crime 2 Hrs 03 Mins

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Too Predictable And Simplistic!

The film pans out exactly as anticipated and the absence of any real intelligent move by either of the lawyers during the case is a big disappointment. (more)

Source: Bharath Vijayakumar, MovieCrow


Jyotika - starrer is let down by muddled writing

Jyotika carries the film with her performance, but you wish she varied the mix of pain-sorrow-determination: after a point it becomes one-note. (more)

Source: Subhra Gupta, Indian Express


A Superb Jyotika Fails To Lift An Unoriginal Plot

Much of Tamil cinema is shoddily penned, and scriptwriters exhibit lethargy and take the easy way out by lifting scenes or ideas from other films and not just Hindi but even foreign. Ponmagal Vandhal despite its bold attempt bypass the theatre, fails to offer any plot originality. (more)

Source: Gautaman Bhaskaran, News18


As far as courtroom dramas go, Ponmagal Vandhal is decidedly lacklustre.

Ponmagal Vandhal is decidedly lacklustre. Instead of fiery dialogues and charged arguments between the opposing lawyers what we get are emotional statements being passed off as explosive proof. And to top it, Fredrick even gives us shots of people in the courtroom wiping off their tears on hearing t...(more)

Source: Suganth , Times Of India


Jyotika's thriller has the twists, leaves us wanting more

The twist at the end is unexpected, and brings the film together -- the different versions of what we've watched so far melding to form one narrative. It's just as effective as the interval block. Ponmagal Vandhal is ambitious in what it wants to do and Fredrick has good instincts as a filmmaker.(more)

Source: Sowmya Rajendran, The News Minute


Jyotika doesn't punch hard but sincerely delivers clarion call to believe women's stories

Ponmagal Vandhal fits perfectly into Jyotika's pursuit: Every film is a milestone in her single-minded journey of women's empowerment. This milestone is one of empathy. Ponmagal Vandhal is the story of Venba who put herself in the shoes of another woman. But it is also a clarion call for all of us t...(more)

Source: Ranjani Krishnakumar, Firstpost.com


Jyotika's film encourages rape survivors to speak up

Debutant director JJ Fredrick's Ponmagal Vandhal starring Jyotika delivers a strong message about the judicial system, sexual abuse and the trauma that survivors go through. Apart from a few flaws in the screenplay, the film touches upon a sensitive topic that the country doesn't quite pay heed to. ...(more)

Source: Janani, India Today


A Middling Courtroom Drama Starring Jyotika That's Not As Engaging As It Is Important

The film understands that the legal system is flawed but it doesn't completely reject it either. So it's not about breaking the law as much as it is about slipping through its cracks. For Venba, it's not about retaliation. It's more about restoring balance, both internal and external. Ponmagal V...(more)

Source: Vishal Menon, Filmcompanion.in

User Reviews


Nivas Athi

Decent watch and important issue taken. Good to see a direct OTT Release (more)


Dharmesh Sethu

Give rating. It's wonderful movie. Why too low rating. Awesome performance. Super super super super super super super super movie. (more)


Arun Sundar

Can be watched one time with some patience.. jothika 's performance here was slightly more composed and okayish, say to some films like Jackpot in which her acting was horrible. But the film with its courtroom scenes and predictable sequences which was tedious to watch. I don't even understand why ... (more)

Music Tracks

No. Song Title Lyric Writer Performer(s) Listen here
1 “Vaa Chellam” Vivek Brinda Sivakumar Listen
2 “Vaan Thooralgal” Uma Devi Chinmayi Listen