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Thiruda Thirudi

"Thiruda Thirudi" ... well-worked out formula.

ARMED WITH a well-worked out success formula, new director Subramaniam Siva confidently enters the fray in Indian Theatre Production's "Thiruda Thirudi". He compensates for his flimsy storyline with screenplay that moves at full speed till the first half, sagging slightly only in the second, and dialogue that's completely in with the trend with all kinds of weird coinage typical of today's youth. Added to all these, is a young hero who enjoys the Midas' touch at the moment ... what more could a producer ask for?

Vasu (Dhanush) belongs to a middle class family that lives in Tiruchi. More or less a wastrel, who lags behind academically, he spends most of his time with fellows of his own ilk. His elder brother Ganesh (Krishna) is made of better stuff. Though fun-loving like his brother he is responsible and studious. Vasu's chance meeting with Viji (Chaya Singh), leads him into such a mess that he decides to move away to Chennai. Viji happens to follow him there, but only in the last scene does the inevitable happen.

Whether his moves are carefully planned or whether he's been plain lucky, for the third time in succession Dhanush has chosen a character that is bound to pay rich dividends. In a light role that provides enjoyable comic streaks, very different from the one he portrayed in "Kadhal Kondain", Dhanush once again makes an impression. He is another actor who has proved that if time and talent are on your side, height, weight and looks hardly matter. His lanky physique and a visage that has no marked features, remind you of action heroes — the Bruce Lee kind, especially in the stunt sequences.

Chaya Singh, the Mills and Boon heroine who is at loggerheads with the hero till the end, fills the bill. Suki, another new face, who dotes on Vasu, is a foil for her. The latter has to either lose weight or wear clothes that suit her. Viewers cannot have too many heroines of the Kiran kind thrust on them. A very commendable portrayal from Manicka Vinayagam, the singer who makes a debut as an actor in "Thiruda ... " He plays the calm and dignified dad of Vasu. Krishna, who played the young man fleeing abroad after a forced marriage, in "Five Star", puts up a fairly neat show in "Thiruda ... ".

Melody is a major casualty in Dhina's music. The deafening noise could transport the youth to frenetic levels but they have very little to do with sounds of music. The lyrics of the "Vandarkuzhali ... " number is unpalatable, and that's putting it mildly. Unnatural sequences, crudeness and double entendres there are ... but to an excusable extent.

"Thiruda Thirudi" should do for its makers, what their earlier production "King" couldn't. But surely they could have thought of a better title for their slick package.


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