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"Bose" ... action with some difference.

THRILLING OPENING scenes, pulsating title score and vibrant action mark Mahalakshmi Combine's "Bose" (U/A). Introducing Srikanth as "Ilaya Thamizhan" (!) "Bose" presents him as an action hero. And action it is, from start to finish.

This is yet another film of a bad politician and an upright hero — hence theme wise there's nothing you've not come across before. But the scene and sequences are quite new and that's where story writer-director Senthil Kumar scores. Peter Hein's stunning stunt choreography is another major highlight of "Bose."

The army training camp appears incredibly realistic, the credit for which should go to Major Ravi whose army co-ordination work has rightly been acknowledged in the titles. Yet another technician who makes his presence felt is sound engineer Babu — his contribution is also a very impressive aspect of "Bose."

S. C. Bose (Srikanth) is a straightforward commando in the Indian army who is deputed the task of protecting the State Minister and aspiring CM, Kottaisamy (`Kalabhavan' Mani). Kottaisamy supposedly faces threat from terrorists when he is in Delhi. It is much later that the authorities get to know that the kidnapping of the Minister was a drama, stage-managed by Kottaisamy himself.

And that explains the venom in his voice when he refers to Bose, who rescues him from the terrorists, losing two of his colleagues in the bargain. (The soldiers' last moments are very graphically captured, and Srikanth reliving their futile death again in the climax is an example of director Senthil Kumar's sensitivity). When trying to save Charu (Sneha) from the clutches of Kottaisamy, Bose shoots at him and maims him for life. So he is court-martialled and returns to Chennai, but continues to be hounded. The story of revenge culminates in a bloody battle.

Energetic hero

The character offers Srikanth immense scope and the actor has utilised it well. The energy and enthusiasm with which he has approached the role are quite evident. Leading lady Sneha looks radiant and is also aptly expressive. Kalabhavan Mani is his usual loud self. Thankfully Kalairani's tear glands don't work overtime in "Bose." She portrays a mother who is not just naοve but downright stupid. Nagesh and Manicka Vinayakam impress in subdued style.

The punches and humorous touches in dialogue arouse curiosity about the man responsible for it — Nicksonraj is the name. Besides the rerecording, "Nijama ... Nijama ... " a melody, also adds credit to composer Yuvan Shankar Raja. Vijay Milton's camera is another asset of "Bose." But frankly isn't it time to stop those ridiculous dances on the roads of alien lands for our duets? The strange expression on the faces of onlookers passing by is irksome.

Cliches there are — the typical, happy, joint family sentiment, for instance. Again the cartridge in the villain's gun turning empty just as the hero nears him is exasperatingly predictable.

The first half just whizzes past. It is the second half that stretches a little and also has scenes ending rather abruptly. The generally racy "Bose" could do for Srikanth what "Joot" and "Varnajalam" didn't.


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