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Film Review: ''Vannathamizh Pattu''

REMEMBER RAJESH Khanna in ``Bawarchi''? Well, Prabhu does a similar role in Ambika International's latest venture. But it lasts only a while.

Set in a rural ambience, the film revolves round the patriarch of a rich zamindar family played by Radha Ravi, who sees red at the mention of the word ``love''. His daughter, Bhuvana (debutante Vyjayanthi) secretly gets married to the rich Bhupathy (Prabhu). The story is about how Bhupathy, disguised as a servant, tries to win the affection of Radha Ravi. The story is too far fetched to begin with. The heroine is supposed to be studying in a music college...but there is no music heard in the corridors of that college.

There is nothing realistic about the way the women are dressed. They look like they are ready to walk into a wedding, decked in silks and loaded with jewellery, even during the early hours of the morning! The explanation that the character of Radha Ravi gives to justify his aversion to `love' is too vague and weak. It does not ring true at all.

Prabhu plays a double role, as the father and son. As the father, he overdoes it a bit, especially when he delivers his dialogues. As the son, he is passable. Radha Ravi's is a dignified portrayal. It is a slightly different role for Anandraj and he does a good job. The debutantes Vyjayanthi and Mahichandana merely add glamour and glitter (literally!) to the proceedings.

But please, will somebody tell Vadivelu that shouting and screaming does not induce laughter? It may be meant for the front-benchers, but all the same, the so-called humour is too bawdy and repulsive.

S. A. Rajkumar's music has a bit of ``Titanic'', ``1942: A Love Story'' and ``Hero'' thrown in. For a film that is supposed to be strong on music, not a single song stands out.

Director P. Vasu (who has also written the story, dialogue and screenplay) who made such films as ``Chinna Thambi'', is too caught up in the melodrama. The film therefore drags. Maybe some tight editing could have helped!

SAVITHA PADMANABHAN

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