The trailer of Jyothika starrer Ponmgal Vandhal is out now. The film helmed by debutant JJ Fredrick is being bankrolled by actor Suriya’s 2D Entertainment and co-produced by Rajsekar Karpoorasundarapandian. Ponmgal Vandhal is the fourth film headlined by the actress.
Venba (Jyotika) despite garnering flak takes upon a child-kidnapping and murder case by one Jothi in Ooty. With chutzpah and the right facts, she opposes Parthiepan, the lawyer who tries to twist facts. There is also a montage of people firing guns, relentless investigation, and a traumatised Venba no thanks to the case. In the end, she’s only left with the truth in hand, fighting for justice. Very ordinarily cut, the trailer seems to give away too much of the film making one predict its course. Or maybe we pinned our hopes too high?
Suriya took to Twitter to release the trailer.
Here’s Venba’s Journey to Justice…!! #PonmagalVandhal #PonmagalVandhalOnPrime
World Premiere on May 29 @PrimeVideoINhttps://t.co/n9VgWxB44N#Jyotika @fredrickjj @rparthiepan @ppothen @actorthiagaraja @rajsekarpandian @govind_vasantha @2D_ENTPVTLTD @SonyMusicSouth
— Suriya Sivakumar (@Suriya_offl) May 21, 2020
After several setbacks, it was recently announced that the film will hit the Over-The-Top (OTT) platform, Amazon Prime, directly on May 29, 2020. Earlier, it was to hit theatres on March 27 but was postponed due to coronavirus outbreak, which has caused the shutting down of theatres.
Last month, news that the film will hit OTT directly did the rounds, although no official announcement had been made. Reports that the film made on a Rs. 4-crore budget was sold to the digital platform for a sum of Rs. 9 crores, becoming one of the first films to book high profits through the digital medium were also doing the rounds.
In response, the General Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Theatre and Multiplex Owners Association, R Panneer Selvam, announced that his association has decided to not release any film involving actor Suriya or his home production banner 2D Entertainment hereafter.
The association reportedly contacted the production house to confirm if the plans of direct release were true and to appeal for a theatrical release prior to a digital release. Suriya’s 2D Entertainment while confirming the release of the film on OTT, had reportedly refused to comply with the request made by the theatres association. This left members furious.
The General Secretary of the #TamilNadu Theatre and Multiplex Owners Association, R Panneer Selvam, has announced that their association has decided to not release any film involving actor #Suriya or his home production banner #2DEntertainment hereafter.#PonMagalVandhal pic.twitter.com/FQtHMzkhKF
— Silverscreen.in (@silverscreenin) April 24, 2020
Supporting the decision taken by the makers of Ponmagal Vandhal, a group of 30+ producers including Bharathiraja, KE Gnanavel Raja, TG Thyagarajan, T Siva, Chithra Lakshmanan, YNOT S Sashikanth, G Dhananjayan, SR Prabhu, Rajasekar Pandian (co-producer of Ponmagal Vandhal), JSK Sathish Kumar, CV Kumar, Suresh Kamatchi, Manobala, Subbu Panchu, Radha Ravi, and Auraa Cinemas Mahesh, put out a statement appealing for cooperation of all stakeholders.
A statement from 30+ film producers supporting the direct release of small and medium budget films on the #OTT platform.
They have also requested all film related associations to extend their cooperation and to not take decisions that would hamper the business of any producer. pic.twitter.com/7gbytMGtDq
— Silverscreen.in (@silverscreenin) April 26, 2020
Ponmagal Vandhal features Thiyagarajan, K Bhagyaraj, R Parthiepan, Pandiyarajan, Vinodhini, Subbu Panchu, and Prathap Pothen in important roles. Govind Vasantha is the music director and has Ramji on camera, Ruben on the edit, and Amaran helming art. Poornima has handled costumes for the thriller.
Vijay Subramaniam, Director and Head, Content, Amazon Prime Video, India, said, “We’re excited to premiere Ponmagal Vandhal exclusively on Amazon Prime Video and showcase yet another high-quality offering to our audience. As we expand the film’s reach and visibility with a global release spanning more than 200 countries, avid movie buffs around the world will get to experience this fine piece of Tamil cinema.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Amazon Prime Video for the release of the eagerly anticipated film Ponmagal Vandhal where viewers and fans of high-quality Tamil cinema can enjoy this riveting courtroom drama, in India and around the world,” said Rajsekar Karpoorasundarapandian, Co-producer and CEO, 2D Entertainment.
He added, “The gripping legal drama while being local in its narrative, is an engrossing story that will keep the audience at the edge of their seat. We are looking forward to taking the film to a worldwide audience and allowing viewers to experience Tamil cinema in its finest.”
The songs of the film have been launched online, after the audio launch of the film was cancelled.
Watch the Ponmagal Vandhal trailer here.