‘Unnai Pol Oruvan’ stands out for its excellent narrative mode and the powerhouse called Kamal Haasan. But let us not compare the two versions. As a matter of fact, they are quite different in their context and the treatment of their respective subjects. ‘A Wednesday’ dealt with the inevitable and the contagious phenomenon of Terrorism, with a Global Appeal. ‘Unnai Pol..’ was more in context of the terror spread in various parts of Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Quite understandable, for the script had to meet the needs of the local folks and match their flavor. That is where superlative actors like Mohanlal and Lakshmi are pulled in. The conversations between the two are sarcastic, but equally entertaining. I was quite disappointed with the support cast though. The police officers lacked the fervor and punch that was required for enacting such a powerful and crucial role. The involvement of the real CM’s voice could have been avoided, it sounded like a mimicry artiste was showcasing his expertise to gain footage. The background score was ordinary and the editing was convincing in most parts.
To conclude, ‘Unnai Pol..’ is all about guts, perseverance and above all, the true enigmatic portrayal of the ‘Common Man’.