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Film Review: ''Kandaen Seethaiyai''


VIKRAM AND Soundaraya have done a neat job in S.S.S.Films ``Kandaen Seethaiyai'', which narrates the strength of character of a wife who makes up her mind to save her husband by agreeing to be a surrogate mother. But enough care has not been taken with regard to screenplay.

A computer engineer (Vikram) who does research work for his employer marries the servant maid (Soundarya) of their colony under peculiar circumstances. This makes the person who is to get married to the maid jealous, and he ruins the scientist's pet project before it is shown to an invited foreign audience. But the employer thinks that Vikram has sold the project to a competing firm for big money and Vikram is thrown out of the office immediately.

In a confused state the young engineer while riding on his motorcycle, meets with an accident. Without money the hospital authorities refuse to treat him. A surgery has to be performed and Soundarya, the wife of the engineer, is helpless as she cannot dream of mobilising so much money (Rs. 8 lakhs).

A young doctor from the hospital suggests to the new bride that if she agrees to bear the child of a wealthy person he would be willing to give the money to save her husband. Soundarya agrees to go ahead and thus saves her husband's life. The story gains momentum only after this incident but the director has not concentrated much to sustain the tempo.

The agony of the husband and the wife, how they react to the accusation from friends and relatives and the position of the wife in society after the bold step she had taken, is told without much pep. The climax has a little twist in it but that too is an expected one.

Vikram must have been given more frames as he has proved his mettle in the film `Sethu' itself. Soundarya bears the film on her shoulders and has lived the character with maturity.

Vivek should refrain from doing spoofs on senior artistes and on people like poet Bharathi who is shown as if he is running with a booty without knowing who the owner of the money is. It is time that a good artiste like Vivek tried to provide healthy humour like Nagesh, Chandrababu or Balaiya.

The title song sung by Harish Ragavender is melodious and all the other songs are also pleasing. The dialogues are crisp and the camera work is noteworthy. Produced by S. Sundaram and S. Jayaseelan, the film is directed by Kranthikumar.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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