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Rising above clichés

malathi rangarajan
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appealing performances Ambasamudiram Ambani
appealing performances Ambasamudiram Ambani

T he film-going fraternity is familiar with how heroes, heroines and villains in cinema behave. The formula is overused. And our filmmakers in general revel in clichés. When a character, therefore, doesn't act on predictable lines, it intrigues the viewer and increases the interest element. Like the faithful servant playing truant when you least expect it. That's what happens in Ambasamudiram Ambani (U), a reasonably well-crafted flick that has a pertinent message or two.

Aware of both his strengths and limitations, Karunas dons a role that suits him to a T in Ambasamudiram Ambani ( AA) and reiterates the fact that as a performer he can transcend comedy. His choice of roles exemplifies his acumen. He knows that his attempts at a larger-than-life image could make matters ludicrous and hence plumps for characters that are true-to-life — like the protagonist in AA who dreams of making it big as a businessman. Circumstances drive the orphaned school goer, Dhandapani, to the city and beginning life as a newspaper delivery boy, he continues to chase his dream.

No regular hero allows himself to be beaten up and robbed by his own Man Friday and kicked about by the villain. Again, the soft streak beneath Kotta Srinivasa Rao's veneer of villainy is something you generally don't come across in our films, where the anti is a complete scallywag, and the hero, an embodiment of benevolence! Realism is at the core of many a twist in AA. In the dance sequences, very intelligently, the focus is both on Karunas and the rest of the group in equal measure.

Writer-director P. Ramnath, who wields the megaphone for the first time, shows promise. His dialogue in Dindigul Sarathy was appealing and in AA it is at once humorous and thought-provoking.

Despite the slight digression in the story midway through the film, the screenplay ensures that the story sags nowhere. Certain sequences have been included only to mislead the viewer — the murder, for instance. As a composer, Karunas has come up with an appealing melody, ‘Soru Vechaen.'

As AA has enough pluses to its credit you could afford to ignore the unwarranted Rahasiya number. Navneet Kaur, the new heroine, is appealing in her own way. Livingston's role is a caricature which tickles the funny bone, but T.P. Gajendran's attempts at being comical fall flat.

Karunas did it in Dindigul Sarathy and he achieves it again in Ambasamudiram Ambani.

malathi rangarajan

Ambasamudiram Ambani Genre: Sentiment Director: P. Ramnath Cast: Karunas, Navneet Kaur, Kotta Srinivasa Rao Storyline: From humble beginnings he toils to rise high in life and achieves it to a certain extent. Bottomline: Plausible and hence, laudable


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