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THE TAMIL film industry is witnessing a welcome trend. Young people with skill are making an impact on the audience and the box office. This is especially true on the technical front. Sri Rajalakshmi films "Diwan" introduces Surya Prakash, director, who shows promising talent. An interesting screenplay, written by him, makes the film gripping till the end. At least three persons have helped him in his endeavour — lead actor Sarath Kumar, who has given a matured performance in a duel role, fight master `Kanal' Kannan and music director S. A. Rajkumar.

It is always a risk to open a film with a conceptual scene but the director chooses to do this. But the plot thickens. However, around interval, one is able to visualise what is in store but at this point Sarath Kumar takes over with a performance that is different from all his other movies in which he has played two roles, say for instance, ``Nattamai," ``Suryavamsam" and ``Natpukkaga." Perhaps there is an overdose of action and fight in the second half .

The story is all about Ragavan, a young man who works in a small restaurant. He falls in love with a girl but the father thinks he is too poor for his status.

Humiliated, Raghavan promises himself that he will become a crorepathy in a year and marry her. Luck smiles on him and he begins to earn money. He prevents Aiswarya (Sharmilee) from committing suicide and later learns that she is the daughter of a millionaire and has been deserted by a young man with whom she falls in love.

Ragavan decides to restore her to her parents. The car he drives develops a snag and he is attacked by a group of people. Another gang comes to his rescue. They save him because he resembles Duraisingam, whom they worship and who has been sent to prison thanks to the schemes of Kandavelu (JPR). Now begins the battle for justice.

Sarath Kumar has not only changed his get up but also has paid attention to voice modulation and diction. Kiran is nothing more than a doll and the experience of two films has not helped Sharmilee learn the ropes of histrionics JPR fails to impress as the villain. Ponnambalam, Udayaprakash, Manorama, Ravi Ragavendar, Ajai Rathnam, Rathan and Dinesh are also in the cast. Cameraman Vijai K. Chakravarthi's work is commendable. The dialogue by Suryaprakash actually enhances the value of the film. P. L. Thenappan has produced the film.

S. A. Rajkumar has written the lyrics and sung the song, "Parthathillai''. Harris Ragavendar's "Oru Thalattu Pattu" is melodious. "Gundu Pakkara Kozhi'' sung by Shanker Mahadevan is for the frontbenchers.


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