Genre: Thriller

Director: Ravichandran

Cast: Nanda, Shireen, Vivek, Dilip Lamba

Storyline: Hell breaks loose when the heroine learns her fiancé is not normal.

Bottomline: The final count down is a let down!

Backed by a redoubtable technical crew that has director Ravichandran at the helm, GV Films Limited’s ‘Urchaagam’ (U), begins on a promising note and continues so till almost the end. Keeping the viewer in splits at times, and on pins and needles for the most part, the film moves on interestingly … till you come to the closing scene! Love and sentiment effectively mingle with suspense and gruesomeness in this story of jealousy and jilted romance. Of course, the buoyancy of youth is also present in plenty.

The plot

The young and sprightly Jency (Shireen) is engaged to be married to Nicholas (Dinesh Lamba). The news comes as a shock to good friend Ganesh (Nanda) who was waiting for an opportune moment to open his heart out to her. The affluent, UK-based Nicholas offers to fund for Jency’s mother’s surgery and that keeps her on a stranglehold, though she realises that Nicholas is mentally sick — jealous, murderous and sadistic.

Capable of myriad expressions, and handsome (with a charming smile to boot) Nanda not making it in a big way is enigmatic. He does complete justice to the role — singing, dancing, romancing, fighting and emoting well. The young man’s drive to excel comes across clearly even in the first action sequence — there’s energy in every punch.

Looking radiant (though more rounded than before) and appealing, Shireen makes a comeback after a lull. Emotions come easily to her and hence she turns up trumps. ‘Urchaagam’ ought to open more avenues for her. Ravichandran’s choice of villain leaves much to be desired. Lamba’s lack of lip sync adds to your woes.

Vivek’s sidelights are rib-ticklers all right but after a point they become speed-breakers in the narrative flow. Again, Ranjit Barot’s refreshing strains for ‘Veyilum Illai …’ and ‘Nadhi Pookal,’ keep your feet tapping. However, the placement of songs is a big dampener. Incidentally, these numbers have excellent lyrics too. And the scenes are examples of the imaginative hand at the scissoring table — innumerable shots blend into a beauteous whole. The traditional Bharatanatyam costume of the dancers for a song is an eminently forgettable eyesore. Otherwise the song sequences are classy.

Suddenly the hero recalls events you have already watched, as if in flashback mode! Where was the editor (B. Lenin)? The picturesque locations, N.K. Bala’s art and Gurudev’s lens work are ‘Urchaagam’s other alluring features.

Ravichandran’s potential was already witnessed in ‘Kannedhirae Thondrinaal’ and ‘Majnu.’ So it makes it all the more unbelievable that a maker of his stature has plumped for such a hackneyed last scene. The villain’s final expression is absolutely ridiculous.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN