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"Soori" ... the twist proves interesting.

A CLIMAX very different from what you would generally expect is the highlight of Kamakshi Studios' "Soori", written and directed by Shelvan. In fact, throughout the film you notice Shelvan's urge to try out things that are a far cry from the usual. At times there are slips, but otherwise "Soori" makes for some worthwhile viewing.

Surya (Vignesh), a sales representative, is in love with college student Rishaba (Uma). They decide to put their love to an endurance test to prove to themselves that the romance is much more than infatuation. If in "Ek Dhujje Ke Liye" the lovers were kept away from each other for a year by the parents, in "Soori" the loving duo decides to inflict on themselves the pain of separation. Main Guard Gate Manikandan (Parthiban), a thug, makes his entry at this point. Several things happen and Surya is in a state of shock when at the end of the year he finds himself the jilted lover. Love turns to hatred and revenge, as he goes looking for Rishaba. What transpires eventually is an interesting twist.

It is a great opportunity for Vignesh, whose career so far has almost been a non-starter. With tonsured head ("Alavandhan" style) and vengeful eyes, he has exerted himself a lot to look menacing. But he tends to go slightly overboard, especially when he howls aloud in agony. However Vignesh's earnest effort is very much evident in these scenes. As the friendly, fun loving Surya he is more natural and appealing. "Soori" should help Vignesh gain a strong foothold in films.

Parthiban makes a positive impact as a henchman with a kind heart. The impression that he failed to create as a solo hero in his recent films, he manages in style in "Soori", without too many clichés, contrived mannerisms or predictable intonation. Uma's expressive face is proof enough of her talent. Vijayalakshmi, another not often seen actress, puts up a fairly neat show as Manikandan's girl friend Devi.

Vijay Milton's excellent camera work and unique choice of angles deserve special mention. Graceful movements mark the "Pirivellam Pirivalla" number. It is by far the most aesthetically conceived song sequence in recent times. And the locations chosen for the same enhance the effect. Kudos to Sridhar the main dancer of the group! Sai Picasso's art, the rock temple, Srirangam, and the roads in and around Tiruchi give the narration considerable boost.

Deva, it is clear, needs to be inspired by a story if his music has to be commendable. A couple of numbers are truly melodious and the re-recording lifts some of the scenes to an elevated plane.

When the attempt is so sincere you tend to forget the rough edges such as Parthiban's fluent monologue even after being hit by a bullet and the contention that living in the same city and having common friends, one does not get to know significant events in the other's life.

If his debut venture "Soori" is a sample, Shelvan sure has potential.


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