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"Military" ... a family drama where imbroglios never get cleared.

THE HEARTENING factor about Cinetimes Entertainment's "Military" is that it is a family drama without a trace of vulgarity — suggestive or blatant. Yet if the film fails to make the impact it ought to have, the fault lies in the storyline — full of numerous knots, things remain tangled till the end. To a certain extent this could be attributed to the unwieldy cast — the hero, his five sisters, father, two step sisters, uncle, aunt, a couple of cousins (Livingston and Ramba) and a battalion of comedians!

If the Malayalam version of "Military" had Mammootty, here it is Satyaraj. Consciously choosing mature, story-backed roles and not indulging in crass expressions seem to be wise moves from Satyaraj these days. "Military", scripted and directed by Sai Suresh, is also on these lines. As an over-protective, impulsive and rash brother, Satyaraj makes a mark. The character is reckless and even senseless in his actions but the mistake obviously lies with the storywriter.

The nuances in some of the situations speak volumes of Satyaraj's potential. The smirk on the actor's face when Senthil says his name is Arvindsamy, is just an example.

It is left to Madhavan (Satyaraj) to take care of his five sisters after his mother commits suicide. He brings them up single-handed. The father's (Manivannan) extra marital relationship, you are led to believe, is what drove the wife to take the extreme step.

Later on Manivannan tries to explain that it was not his fault that the mother died, and that maligning him was part of his brother-in-law's (Vinu Chakravarthy) conspiracy. Nothing is made clear till the very end. Manivannan's noble intentions and helpful gestures are continuously misconstrued and the truth never comes to light.

It is again frustrating when a la a martyr Satyaraj takes the blame for his sister's marriage to an old man. Many problems that ensue could have been averted if he had at least told his sisters the truth. But in "Military" nothing sees the light of day. At last, when his affection proves thankless, you expect the hero to walk out with dignity, but he breaks into a sentimental refrain that tires you. By the way, what did the villains actually want?

The fight sequence between the eve-teasing gang and Madhavan is absolutely funny. The hero hates the nickname, Military, he is stuck with, but things go a bit too far when they almost make it sound derogatory.

"Suriyanae... Suriyanae" is a melodious solo by Srinivas. If only composer Deva had attempted at something similar in the title music too! The jarring sounds are an aural threat.

This "Military" is agile all right, but not astute enough.


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