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"Three Roses"

Jyotika, Ramba and Laila in "Three Roses" ... the focus is missing

THREE RAVISHING heroines in action, with glamour to boot, Govinda's dance and Karthik Raja's music in that order, sounds an interesting proposition — so what if there is no conventional hero around, you think. But even if the ingredients are interesting, it is the making that's important. A frivolous storyline, a lackadaisical approach to the screenplay and inept direction mar "Three Roses". After all the hype and hoopla, speculation and delay, arrives "Three Roses", and ironically it is focus that the film lacks.

Ramba, Jyotika and Laila are the desi answers to the beautiful Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu — the "Charlie's Angels" trio, assuming that "Three Roses" is a take-off on it. No one can fault the choice of the Tamil heroines. But any other comparison with the English version, where, as three ace investigators the women revved up the flick with brilliant stunts and top gear action, would be totally unfair.

Charu (Ramba), Pooja (Jyotika) and Nandhu (Laila) are friends whose families live under one roof! They study music abroad and return with the idea of cutting albums, but get embroiled in a case involving their friend Asha (Rekha), who travels with her lover to Chennai from Dubai on a false passport. She is imprisoned and the three girls garner support for Asha who would be executed if sent back to Dubai. The real life incident that made waves just about a year ago is the inspiration here. Vijay Adhiraj plays the lover — what a waste of talent! Again for Rekha, the heroine of "Punnagai Poovae", it's a miniscule role.

There is no cohesiveness about "Three Roses". The abruptness with which scenes begin and end is baffling. Vivek tries your patience once too often — his obsession for Mumtaz, the actress, and the connected situations only irritate the viewer. Rajan P. Dev plays the villain.

Ramba, in one of her encounters with a bad man, comes upon a pendant, which is actually a cyanide capsule that had fallen down from his neck. And without knowing what it is, she wears it. Later it is hilarious to see the capsule fall in slow motion, right into the mouth of the gang leader, who conveniently dies!

Laila is a stunner in the film and seems quite comfortable in stunts — any way serious expressions have never been her forte. Ramba's agility is rather laboured and even in Jyotika's case the effort does not come easily. And half the time the action sequences look contrived — just to show the acrobatic prowess of the girls. Hence the scenes lack depth.

Karthik Raja's music is a positive aspect of the film. "Meiyanadha Poiyanadha ... " is an enjoyable song, well shot (by Rajarajan) and appreciably choreographed. The fast paced footwork of Govinda and Ramba adds verve to the scene.

Parameshwar's screenplay and direction is nothing to write home about.

It is strange that even with a winning formula well laid out, the advantages have been frittered away.


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