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"Kadhal Kisu Kisu"

FALLING IN love is a heinous crime, is what parents in Super Star Art Movies' "Kadhal Kisu Kisu" think. If smoking and drinking are wrong so is romance, says the heroine's dad! It is not that the director does not have a message for the viewer. He does, but the faulty approach to the theme takes the film far away from the mark.

"Kadhal Kisu Kisu" ... a story that decries love.

The entire story happens in Malaysia. But half the time you don't see any difference. The college, its milieu, the students, principal and peon are all the same as what you find in films set here. Sriram (Bala) and his parents are a friendly, affectionate threesome. But even at Sriram's birth the father (Manivannan) says he would bring up the child in such a way that he would never fall in love when he grows up. And the mother's only query is how that would be possible! The heroine's parents too hold the same view — the only difference is that the father (Kalabhavan Mani) is an implacable, impulsive sadist. So terror rules the home of Indhu (Charmi). Her father suspects her of having an affair with Sriram, her classmate in college. And though circumstances throw the two together there is nothing going on between them. The father however refuses to believe her and continues to make her life miserable. Indhu dreads the man and is obedience personified, till things get out of hand.

This is Bala's second film after "Anbu". The young man has all the makings of a hero — apt in expression, agile in stunts and skilled in dance, Bala deserves a good innings in cinema. Charmi is one of those many plump heroines that the industry has been blessed with — if you've seen one you've seen them all. Kalabhavan Mani's role is easily the most irritating. In recent times no character on screen has made you this angry. Beating up all and sundry, refusing to lend a ear to any ratiocination and slapping the wife at will, make this screen dad the most unreasonable fool you have come across. P. Vasu makes an appearance a couple of times as a police inspector and foe-turned-friend of the hero. `I'll always be there to help you,' he tells Sriram, after which he vanishes forever.

Vivek seems desperate to make people laugh. Starved of ideas he takes recourse to vulgarity and crudeness in "Kadhal Kisu Kisu".

The hero and heroine are supposed to be hiding in a forest, but the place looks like a beautiful zoological park, with the giraffes and cranes watching the lead pair sleepily and the tiger and lion retiring after a harmless growl. Only the python shows some gumption. Slithering down the heroine's body it, however, passively goes its way. The art director is Magi.

The theme is on the lines of the youthful bonanza that came your way a couple of decades ago — "Panneer Pushpangal". Director Vasu made his debut with the film, alongside Santhana Bharathi. But what a whale of a difference between the simple, deft treatment of the old flick and the latest " ... Kisu Kisu"!


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