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PRAKASH RAJ'S ``Daya'' is an action oriented film with all the entertainment aspects packed to make it a box office success. The director's focus is on the frontbenchers with the hope that Prakash Raj's acting along with his anti-hero portrayal and fights will take care of the film. If only the director had worked a little more the film would have been a worthwhile experience for the viewers.

The second half, to the viewer's relief has a twist, the main role played by Raghuvaran as Major Rudhrayya. Here again the tempo sags because of a couple of songs (one with Simran), totally unnecessary. The best part of the film is its climax, done effectively.

Daya (Prakash Raj) is a rowdy who kills and maims for money. His neighbour, Thulasi (Meena), and her employer Saratha Amma (Lakshmi), who runs a school and is affectionately called `mother' try their best to reform Daya but fail in their attempts. Saratha Amma's husband, Major Rudhrayya, returns from jail only to take revenge against Saratha because she caused his conviction. With Major Rudrayya's help Daya tries to harm Saratha Amma in many ways.

Saratha Amma takes the poison given by Daya and her bedside speech at the hospital opens Daya's eyes to a new world of love and affection. But then it is too late.

The confrontation between the Government official and Daya is an enjoyable scene in which he is asked how come he can put up a cover on the water tank and live happily in it. For answer Daya shows that he has a ration card, electricity card and other cards to prove that he is a resident of the place. This is one scene the director has dealt with in a clever way.

As far as histrionics are concerned credit goes to Prakash Raj, who has done his home work very well. The scene where Lakshmi takes charge of a baby she finds in the dustbin after giving away her gold bangles to Prakash, who demands money, is moving. Another interesting scene is the confrontation between Prakash and the Government official. Raghuvaran does a neat job as usual. Meena has been wasted. With rich experience Lakshmi essays the role of Saratha Amma with ease. Ramesh Khanna and Damu as Daya's associates do raise a few laughs. Pandu as the constable, Pyramid Natrajan as judge, Vasu Vikram as MLA and Janakaraj as the father of Meena are adequate.

Bharadwaj's re-recording music has nothing new to offer but three of the seven songs are sure to make the grade. Vijay Milton's camera work is good. The storyline has no element of novelty and the screenplay does not have the power to sustain the interest of the audience. V. Prabhakaran's dialogue lacks the edge that one would expect of such films. Filmmaker, Senthil Kumar, has not made the effort to make his debut memorable.


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