Poi (film)

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Directed byK. Balachander
Produced byPrakash Raj
Written byK. Balachander,
Thamira (dialogues)
StarringUday Kiran
Vimala Raman
Geethu Mohandas
Prakash Raj
Adithya Menon
K. Balachander
Music byVidyasagar
CinematographyBiju Viswanath
Duet Movies
Release date
22 December 2006

Poi (English: The Lie) is a 2006 Tamil-language film, directed by K. Balachander[1][2] in his 101st and final film.


Valluvanar (Avinash) is an upright political leader in Tamil Nadu who is much respected for his honesty and uprightness, and he refuses to compromise on this trait, even when his only son Kamban (Uday Kiran) finds himself in jail for no fault of his. The opposition party takes advantage of the situation and bails out Kamban, who joins the party, much to his father's embarrassment. The media laps it up, sensationalizing it further. Kamban decides to leave the country until things cool down. Only his mother Vasuki (Anuradha Krishnamurthy), with whom he is close, is aware of this plan. Kamban arrives at Sri Lanka where he befriends Banerjee (Badava Gopi), a Bengali, and stays with him. One day, he finds a Tamil literary book on the beach, which he traces to Shilpa (Vimala Raman), the owner of the book. Shilpa is a college student preparing for civil services examination. The film juggles between reality and fiction, where Theepori, the fictitious father image of Kamban, advises him to fall in love. That sets in rolling the love story as Kamban persists in wooing Shilpa. She is staying with her brother's family. Shilpa is keen on realizing her ambitions and feels that love and marriage often comes in the way of women's career. The rest of the story is about the emotional conflict between her career and love. After Vasuki's death, Valluvanar reaches Sri Lanka. Kamban is unaware of his mother's death. Shilpa's family meets Valluvanar. Meanwhile, Kamban goes to meet Shilpa to hand over the passport, but due to his friend's lie, he ends up thinking that Shilpa committed suicide. How the lie told to reunite the lovers gives the tragic end is the end of the story.



Soundtrack album by
Released10 December 2006
RecordedVarsha Vallaki Studios
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
LabelEros Music
Vidyasagar chronology

Music was composed by Vidyasagar.

No. Song Singers Lyrics
1 Azhaghana Poigale Ranjith Vairamuthu
2 Enna Tholaithai K.S. Chithra Kirithaya
3 Hitler Penne Tippu, Sujatha P. Vijay
4 Inge Inge Oru Paatu Shankar Mahadevan
5 Iyakkunare Harini, Sriram Parthasarathy Kabilan
6 Kandu Pidithen K. Narayan Kirithaya
7 Kannamoochi S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
8 Kutti Kutti Kavithai Pop Shalini P. Vijay
9 La La La S. P. Balasubrahmanyam


The film was launched in 2005 at the eve of KB's 75th birthday.[3] There were rumors that Rajini and Kamal would appear in cameo appearances but proved false.[4] Telugu actor Udaykiran was selected to play the lead role making his debut in Tamil and Vimala Raman who was brought up in Australia was selected as heroine. Geethu Mohandas who earlier appeared in Nala Damayanthi was selected to appear in this film making "Poi" her second and last film in Tamil. K Balachander and Prakshraj themselves acted in this film. There were rumours that Jayashree of "Thendral Ennai thodu" fame would appear in this film which became false.[5]


The film was originally scheduled to release on 6 October 2006,[6] distributors were initially reluctant to take the film as they felt that subject was outdated but Aascar films procured the rights.[7] Release was postponed to Diwali[8] but finally released in December

Critical reception[edit]

Rediff wrote:"Poi is a case in point – you expect so much from Balachander, a genuine icon of Tamil filmdom; if you leave adulation aside, though, you have to say that his latest film disappoints".[9] Nowrunning wrote:"Poi lacks the marks of KB's earlier films".[10]


  1. ^ "Brahma of new wave Indian cinema K Balachander passes away". Deccanchronicle.com. 24 December 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. ^ "End of an era: K. Balachander (1930–2014)". Thehindu.com. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Tamil Cinema News – Tamil Movie Reviews – Tamil Movie Trailers". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Tamil movies : Balachandar draws distributors to Prakash Raj". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Tamil Cinema News – Tamil Movie Reviews – Tamil Movie Trailers". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Tamil Cinema News – Tamil Movie Reviews – Tamil Movie Trailers". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Tamil movies : Prakashraj sour: still no takers for Poi". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Tamil Cinema News – Tamil Movie Reviews – Tamil Movie Trailers". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Poi: Disappointing". Rediff.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Poi Review – Tamil Movie Poi Review". Nowrunning.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.

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