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7/G, Rainbow Colony



"7/G Rainbow Colony" ... after all the hype

THE MUCH-hyped film from Sri Surya Movies, "7/G, Rainbow Colony," (A) helmed by Selvaraghavan is here. The writer-director returns armed with the same technical team of his earlier film, "Kadhal Kondain," in tow. But is the result as striking?

Rainbow Colony is a middle class residential locality where college student Kadhir (Ravikrishna) lives.

The adolescent pranks of Kadhir and his friends are a far cry from anything heroic. They are a notorious lot — indulging in everything from eve teasing and bullying the elderly to boozing and hooliganism.

Anita's (Sonia Agarwal) family enters the colony to occupy the flat just below Kadhir's. What begins as physical attraction on the part of Kadhir, reaches sublime levels soon!

He becomes her self-appointed security guard and Man Friday. She spurns him, heaps insults and even slippers him but to no avail. He continues begging her for her love, till she relents. He turns over a new leaf and becomes a responsible office goer before calamity strikes. When finally the climax is over and you get ready to leave you realise there's still to go.

Selvaraghavan seems confused about the character of the protagonist. And that in turn reflects on the behaviour of Kadhir. He keeps swaying between wanting Anita's friendship even as he craves for her love, which even Anita is unable to understand. And when she reciprocates and reduces herself to the level of being a one-night stand in the name of true love, the saga leaves you all the more confounded!

Today's heroes need not go about espousing values as they did in the past, but it would do well for makers to remember that the average filmgoer in this part of the world is still influenced by what a film's leading man says or does. The hero using the choicest epithets to abuse his father, a responsible head of the family, is in very bad taste. Much later the heroine does admonish him for this but by then the damage seems already done.

Ravikrishna makes his debut with "7/G ... " but fails to make an impression. He looks sad and lost most of the time. Dance is another area that he needs to work on. Sonia's eyes too reveal sadness more than anything else. It is Vijayan, as Ravikrishna's dad, who reveals a wide gamut of emotions with ease. Suman Shetty (Kadhir's friend Lakshminarayanan) presents another appealing cameo.

The song "Kan Paesum ... " and the situation are interesting. Yuvan Shankar Raja is the composer. The other appreciable technical credits are Arvind Krishna's cinematography and Kola Bhaskar's editing.

Comparisons are odious and at the same time inevitable. Especially when the director's earlier film had been a carefully planned and commendably executed one.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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