Pokkiri Raja (2016 film)

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Pokkiri Raja
Pokkiri raja 2016.jpg
Directed byRamprakash Rayappa
Produced byP. T. Selvakumar(Presenter) T. S. Ponselvi
Written byS. Gnanagiri (dialogue)
Screenplay byRamprakash Rayappa
Story byRamprakash Rayappa
Music byD. Imman
Edited byV J Sabu Joseph
Distributed byCosmo Village
Release date
4 March 2016

Pokkiri Raja (English: The Rogue King) is a 2016 Tamil language supernatural comedy film written and directed by Ramprakash Rayappa, starring Jiiva, Sibiraj and Hansika Motwani in the leading roles.[1] This is 25th film of Jiiva.[2] It released on 4 March 2016, receiving mixed to negative reviews from critics.


Sanjeevi (Jiiva) is a person with a yawning problem. He got fired from his old job and got dumped by his old girlfriend Sujitha. He joins a job where he meets Raghav (Manobala). Meanwhile, Sanjeevi meets Sunita (Hansika Motwani) but learns a false case from his friend Mojo (Yogi Babu) that she is a drug addict. Eventually, Sanjeevi learns that she is a clean girl who washes people who urinate near walls, and both start loving. On the other hand, a notorious don named "Cooling Glass" Guna (Sibiraj) was planning to kill someone but gets washed by Sanjeevi and got arrested. When Guna was released, he tried to kill Sanjeevi, but got blind after his sunglass breaks in Sanjeevi's yawn. Sanjeevi went to a doctor and realized that it was the power of his great grandfather Athiyan Ori, a guard of an Indian palace with a power to manipulate wind with his mouth. The British tried to steal treasures but ran from him. He meets a girl in India who came to confess to come with her but gets stabbed. Will Sanjeevi use his powers to destroy Guna forms the crux of the story.



The project materialised in June 2015, when it was revealed that Jiiva had accepted to work on a film to be directed by Ramprakash Rayappa, who had previously made Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum (2015).[3][4] Sibiraj also joined the film's cast, while D. Imman was signed as music director, after earlier reports suggested that Harris Jayaraj had been finalised.[5] Jiiva had initially planned to produce the film himself before P. T. Selvakumar came forward to produce the film.[6]

The film began production in September 2015 and Hansika Motwani was finalised to play the leading female role. A first look poster was later released during late October 2015.[7]The satellite rights of the film were sold to Jaya TV.


Pokkiri Raja (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Released14 February 2016
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSony Music India
ProducerD. Imman
D. Imman chronology
Pokkiri Raja (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The soundtrack was composed by D. Imman.[8]

Track listing
1."Athuvutta"VivekD. Imman4:22
2."Rain Rain Go Go"VivekNeeti Mohan, Varun Parandhaman4:11
3."Bubbly Bubbly"VivekPapon, Maria Roe Vincent4:08
4."Taaru Taara"Arunraja KamarajDivya Kumar4:06
5."Waltzing Whistle" Instrumental1:51
6."Athuvutta (Reprise)"Vivek, MC RudeVishal Dadlani, MC Rude4:05
Total length:22:43

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Only Kollywood2.75/5 stars
Indiaglitz1.8/5 stars
The Times of India3/5 stars
Behindwoods2/5 stars
Rediff.com1.5/5 stars
FilmiBeat2/5 stars

The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics, praising Rayappa's concept, but criticized the backstory & main character development. Sify wrote "Ramprakash Rayappa’s Pokkiri Raja has a terrific idea at its core and we have to definitely appreciate the director for this gutsy attempt. However, a weak back story and tacky CG work disappoints".[9] Only Kollywood gave it a 2.75/5 and wrote "Despite a plausible set-up, the follow through is inconsistent, making Pokkiri Raja an unremarkable outing for Ramprakash."[10] Indiaglitz gave a rating of 1.8/5 saying to "watch it at your own risk."[11] M Suganth from The Times of India gave a more positive rating of 3/5 stating that "ultimately, it is such constant stream of laughs in the second half make up for a first half full of yawns."[12] Behindwoods gave it a 2/5 saying that it contains a "good plot which could have been done full justice with a better screenplay."[13] Rediff.com gave it a 1.5/5 calling it "an utter waste of time".[14] FilmiBeat gave it a 2/5, saying that it had a brilliant idea gone awry".[15]


  1. ^ 'Pokkiri Raja'- Jiiva's 25th film gets ready. sify.com (27 October 2015)
  2. ^ https://www.indiaglitz.com/pokkiri-raja-tamil-movie-review-20136.html
  3. ^ Jiiva in Ramprakash’s action entertainer – Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (23 June 2015). Retrieved on 2016-10-28.
  4. ^ Avinash Pandian (17 June 2015). "JIIVA HAS PLENTY ON HIS PLATE". behindwoods.com.
  5. ^ Sibiraj joins the cast of Jiiva’s Pokkiri Raja – Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (9 September 2015). Retrieved on 2016-10-28.
  6. ^ PT Selvakumar to produce Jiiva &Sibiraj’s next. Sify.com (4 August 2015). Retrieved on 2016-10-28.
  7. ^ Jiiva to romance Hansika in 'Pokkiri Raja'?. sify.com (4 September 2015)
  8. ^ Pokkiri Raja (aka) Pokkiri Raja songs review. Behindwoods.com (14 February 2016). Retrieved on 2016-10-28.
  9. ^ Pokkiri Raja review: Comedy entertainer. siffy.com
  10. ^ Pokkiri Raja Movie Review. Only Kollywood (4 March 2016). Retrieved on 2016-10-28.
  11. ^ Pokkiri Raja review. Pokkiri Raja Tamil movie review, story, rating – IndiaGlitz.com. M.indiaglitz.com. Retrieved on 28 October 2016.
  12. ^ Pokkiri Raja Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India. M.timesofindia.com. Retrieved on 28 October 2016.
  13. ^ Pokkiri Raja (aka) Pokkiri Raja review. M.behindwoods.com (4 March 2016). Retrieved on 2016-10-28.
  14. ^ Review: Pokkiri Raja is an utter waste of time – Rediff.com Movies. Rediff.com (6 March 2016). Retrieved on 2016-10-28.
  15. ^ Gopinath, Avinash. (4 March 2016) 'Pokkiri Raja' Movie Review & Rating: Brilliant Idea Gone Awry!. Filmibeat. Retrieved on 2016-10-28.

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