Poi (English: The Lie) is a 2006 Tamil-language film, directed by K. Balachander. It was his 101st and final film as director.
Valluvanar (Avinash) is an upright political leader in Tamil Nadu 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 this party much to his father's embarrassment. The media laps it up sensationalizing it further. Then Kamban decides to leave the country until things cool down. Only his mother Vasuki with whom he is close is aware of this plan.
Kamban arrives at Sri Lanka where he be-friend's Banerjee, a Bengali and Kamban stays with him. One day he finds a Tamil literary book on the beach which he traces to Shilpa the owner of the book. Shilpa (Vimala) is a college student preparing for the 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 Kamban's mother Vasuki's death, Valluvanar reaches Sri Lanka. Kamban is unaware of his mothers death. Shilpa's family meets Valluvanar. Meanwhile Kambam goes to meet Shilpa to handover the passport but due to his friend's lie he ends up thinking Shilpa committed suicide. How the lie told to reunite the lovers gives the tragic end is the end of the story.Uday Kiran as Kamban
Vimala Raman as Shilpa
Geetu Mohandas as Ramya
Sridhar as Roshan
Adithya Menon as Vishnu
Avinash as Valluvanar
Prakash Raj as Vidhi (Fate)
Renuka as Menaka
Anuradha Krishnamurthy as Vasuki
Music was composed by Vidyasagar.Azhaghana Poigale - Ranjith
Enna Tholaithai - K.S. Chithra
Heetler Penne - Sujatha Mohan, Tippu
Inge Inge Oru Paatu - Shankar Mahadevan
Iyagunare - Harini, Sriram Parthasarathy
Kandu Pidithen - K. Narayan
Kannamoochi - S.P. Balasubramaniam
Kutti Kutti Kavithai - Shalini
La La La - S.P. Balasubramaniam
The film was launched in 2005 at the eve of KB's 75th birthday. There were rumors that Rajini and Kamal would appear in cameo appearances but proved false. 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.
The film was originally scheduled to release on 6 October 2006, distributors were initially reluctant to take the film as they felt that subject was outdated but Aascar films procured the rights. Release was postponed to Diwali but finally released in December
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". Nowrunning wrote:"Poi lacks the marks of KB's earlier films".