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Film Review: ``Seenu''


SEVENTH CHANNEL Communications' latest venture, ``Seenu'', leaves you wondering what the film is all about. It begins on a promising note but gets too heavy towards the end and the plot meanders too much. The first few scenes paint a picture of a prosperous family with a musical background. The eldest son, Kesava Sarma (P. Vasu), is an established musician. His brother Seenu (Karthik), is the proverbial `angry young man'. He beats up people at the slightest provocation.

All is well till one day the elder brother is too intoxicated to sing. Seenu comes to his rescue and predictably, becomes a much- sought- after singer overnight. But Kesava is not too happy. His ego is hurt when he realises that people prefer his brother's voice to his. So the younger brother decides to give up his blossoming career. Then follows the usual melodrama that is needlessly dragged.

The film begins quite well but the director seems to lose focus and the second half becomes too tedious and the plot moves on expected lines. Also, most actors think it is vital to speak loudly to make a point. So much so, the seriousness of the proceedings is diluted. That happens in ``Seenu'' too. The comedy track featuring the inimitable Vivek, who plays a foreign- returned musician, does offer some relief, but at times it tends to distract the viewers. Vivek's repartee is perfectly timed and it is clean fun all the way. The other characters are well- etched. That Karthik is a seasoned performer is evident here. He is very good in the emotional scenes. P. Vasu as a drunkard is adequate. Kalavathy as Kesava's understanding wife is very convincing. The rest of the cast just flits in and out of the screen, without leaving a mark.

Looks like Deva composed the music in his sleep. It is supposed to be a film with music as its backbone, but the songs offer nothing to write home about. Also, the song sequences assault one's senses. One moment, Karthik is seen singing at a cutcheri and next moment, the heroine (Malavika) is seen dancing in the vales in the weirdest of costumes.

The film, produced by Manickkam Narayanan, is directed by P. Vasu who has also written the screenplay and dialogues.

SAVITHA PADMANABHAN

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