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"Kaadhal Dot Com"

Sruthi Raj and Prasanna in "Kaadhal Dot Com" ... it has its refreshing moments.

A REASONABLY clear storyline, fairly neat screenplay and healthy humour, mark AAA Movies International's "Kaadhal Dot Com," that comes with S. R. Selvaraj's story, screenplay and direction. This doesn't mean that there's anything new in the romance plot — love, both the triangular and unrequited kind is as old as Tamil cinema itself. But there's welcome freshness in the treatment and enjoyable intelligence in S. V. Shekher's comic strain. Yet the song and dance melee in the midst of serious scenes is a sore point.

Elders at home decide that Vinod (Prasanna) will marry cousin Priya (Sruthi Raj) and Priya dotes on him. But Vinod is pining for Sandhya, his schoolmate. He is made to believe that the young, aspiring social worker Sandhya (Anu I. V.) is his childhood friend. Though she spurns his overtures, he chases her all over town till she finally relents. But there are too many hurdles that would keep them away from each other. More a Mills & Boon kind of romance, the story comes without too many trying frills.

Prasanna's performance as the soft, romantic hero shows maturity, but it would do him good to pay more attention to his dance movements. Vadivelu who enters with fanfare vamooses, never to return. But S. V. Shekher's dialogue-based humour with typical innuendos and commendable sense of timing enhances the overall impact of "Kaadhal ... " His digs at the fare churned out by television channels and the effect they have on the housewife who gets addicted to them deserve special mention. Nirosha plays his wife. In fact, throughout the film, the dialogue makes such an impression that you wish to know who the writer is. It is Pattukottai Prabhakar. Again the irritating factor is making a college teacher the butt of jokes. Will our directors ever portray the college scene in a realistic manner?

Snehan had better do something about his lyrics. His words in the song "Unnai Enakku Romba ... " are so trite and ordinary that they prevent you from enjoying the melody in Bharadwaj's composition. "Vennilavin ... " is a hum-worthy number written by Pazhani Bharathi. The lilting title music is appealing and sets the right mood. Sri Shankar's camera captures Sri Lankan locations in all their lure and lustre. `Kaadhal Dot Com's dance movements are too repetitive at times — surely choreographers Robert and Shivshanker could have been more imaginative.

At a time when much-hyped, hero-backed films end up being mere dampeners, a low-key film like "Kaadhal ... " that comes with no unsavoury loudness or lewdness, is at least a decent offering.


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