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"Yey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukkae"

"Yey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukkae"... an interesting theme.

AMIDST A spurt of Tamil films with one or two-letter titles, comes G.V. Films Ltd's ``Yey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukkae'' — a colloquial statement that has been in the news especially after its music release. Five composers have been introduced in ``Yey! Nee....'' — another innovative attempt, Vassant style. Two of them, Raghav and Murugan , play minor roles too.

Director Vassant's penchant for water comes to the fore yet again, and rain, sea and pond (not to forget the water from hosepipes) enhance the visual impact of "Yey! Nee..". Even the hero Shaam is introduced with a run and a splash into the waters. Also the ``Ini Naanum Naan Illai...'' number has wonderful waves in the background so aesthetically captured. Gopinath's commendable camera work deserves mention here.

Hari (Shaam) and Raji (Sneha) are cousins. Sapna (Jaya Ray) is a friend who falls in love with Hari. But when he turns down her overtures, the woman scorned goes all out to destroy his future. On the other hand Bharat (Rajiv Krishna) is a desolate lover, whose sweetheart forsakes him. He is unable to get over the disappointment and kills himself. But why should failure in love end in hatred or death, asks storywriter Ashok Iyer. Even if you are a jilted lover, life should go on as usual because eventually a violent end is not worth it. That is the point hero Hari tries to make.

The theme is definitely a valid one. But the treatment lacks pace and pep and Vassant takes quite a long time to etch each character.

Yet one cannot overlook the realistic approach that Vassant has adopted in the characterisation. The natural reactions — nobody is totally bad or completely good — have a veracity about them. That goes for the hero's and heroine's approach to love and romance.

One is not naturally led to song sequences in ``Yey... Nee Romba...'' — they suddenly seem to erupt from nowhere. Except, ``Ini Naanum Naanillai...'' (Srinivas' pallavi has a soothing, melodious touch), songs seem to be thrust on you abruptly. The opening line of ``Poi Sollalaam'' (Murugan) reminds you of another number from ``Dhil'', but surely it is a foot-tapping number that lingers on your lips. The title song, ``Yeh Nee...'' (again said to have been composed by Murugan) has an appealing air to it.

``Yamini...Yamini'' (Aravind-Shankar) and "Kadhal Vandhicho" (Raghav-Raja) begin well. The number that is enticing throughout is ``Thottu...Thottu'' (Ramesh Vinayakam). The fast paced love duet filmed in Syria has markedly alluring touches. Pazhani Bharathi's lyrics add to the pep. Yet costume and concept wise, the sequence could have been more imaginatively picturised. As for Sabesh-Murali's loudness in the re-recording, the less said the better. The naturalness in the dialogue (Vassant again) is another plus point of ``Yey Nee...''

This is Shaam's second film after ``12B'' and he proves that he is complete hero material — good at dance and in expressions. Sneha is her beautiful self but it takes some time to get used to the voice that has dubbed for her (Deepa Venkat?). Vivek's comedy generally conveys something more than just humour. In ``Yey Nee...'' also he does it well.

Jaya Ray and Rajiv Krishna do not impress much because their characters lack depth — concrete situations have not been properly created to build up their strong reactions. After ``Aha'' you expected Rajiv Krishna's potential to take him places. Probably ``Yey! Nee...'' will help him take off in a suitable way.

The way Vassant begins, you think there's something really hard-hitting and strong coming your way but some where down the line things stagnate and become predictable — the contrived climax to name one.

When film after film tells you about love's culmination in either marriage or disaster, Vassant suggests something different. Added to it is the treatment that is singularly natural.


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