Poi (English: The Lie) is a 2006 Tamil-language film, directed by K. Balachander 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.
Directed by K. Balachander
Produced by Prakash Raj
Written by K. Balachander, Thamira (dialogues)
Starring Uday Kiran, Vimala Raman, Geethu Mohandas, Prakash Raj, Adithya Menon, K. Balachander
Music by Vidyasagar
Cinematography Biju Viswanath
Production Duet Movies
Release date 22 December 2006