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AN ALL-AJIT SHOW: `Paramasivan'
AN ALL-AJIT SHOW: `Paramasivan'

Grit and determination alone could have made him lose weight in this incredible fashion. The Ajit you see in Samrat Film Corporation's `Paramasivan' (U) is a transformed, younger version of the rotund hero of the quite recent past. He now looks trim and taut. Only his eyes seem to have lost some of its sparkle. Supported by a racy story and a logical screenplay, Ajit makes good use of the opportunity to recover lost ground. The bloody ha nd of terrorism is striking soft targets in the State and the police force is in a quandary as to how the elusive criminals can be nabbed. Then there is Subramania Siva (Ajit), a prisoner awaiting the gallows, after having murdered five policemen in cold blood. But police officer Nandakumar (Prakashraj) has other plans for him ...

At home in stunts

`Paramasivan' is a comeback vehicle for Ajit. Except having to look stone-faced and rigid, not too many emotions are expected of him and he manages quite well. He excels in stunts (`Dhalapathi' Dinesh's choreography is noteworthy) and is absolutely at home in the bike chase (Vikram Dharma). Sekar V. Joseph has captured these sequences and more with lucidity. Laila, the heroine, as the dimwit daughter suffering humiliation at the hands of her step-mom, is a well-delineated character. P. Vasu has elicited an effective performance from her.

Stron g and weak roles

Prakashraj is ubiquitous — so you find him in `Paramasivan' too, playing a strong role with élan. But his vociferous yet hollow threats of doing away with the hero sometimes sound contrived. Again what purpose does Jayaram's role serve? He follows up leads cleverly only to make them all end as a damp squib. Vivek has to change tack in comedy. Otherwise his predictable lines may soon result in ennui for the viewer. Re-recording in general, and the theme song are strong points of `Paramasivan.' Composer Vidyasagar also scores with the melodious piece, `Oru Kili ... ' Suresh Urs' toil at the editing table helps enhance the crispness of `Paramasivan,' while art (Vija ymurugan) offers a visual treat. After the roaring success of `Chandramukhi,' P. Vasu returns with another thriller of sorts, this time with Ajit. `Paramasivan's story, screenplay, dialogue and direction are Vasu's. Except that the story reminds you a lo t of the Sanjay Dutt — Jackie Shroff — Manisha Koirala starrer, `Kartoos.' Laila's character, the general theme and the opening scene in particular!MALATHI RANGARAJAN



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