Cast: Harikumar, Radharavi, ‘Kadhal’ Dhandapani, Anand Babu, Anuya, Karthika, Ponnambalam.
Storyline: About a powerful village head and his unruly son.
Bottomline: The screenplay leaves a lot to be desired.
Enough action and good performances are provided by the lead pair and Radha Ravi not to mention a nice cameo by Anand Babu but director Eureka has not made full use of these aspects, the climax proving a spoilsport.
Sri Thenandal Films’ “Madurai Sambavam” (A) presented by NDTV Imagine Film Company and Wide Angle Creations is basically for the front benchers.
Hero Hari Kumar goes on a bashing trip, thrashing anyone confronting him. He is the son of Radha Ravi, big wig of the village, who controls things with his muscle and money power. Nothing can stop the duo and the law is treated with scant respect. The police is at its wits’ end and in walks inspector Anuya to take charge of the situation.
A fine performance comes from seasoned artist Radha Ravi, an eye-opener for up-and-coming artists. It is her second film and Anuya has done a good job as a gutsy and resourceful police officer. But the climax lets her down.
Hari Kumar fights and dances well but should realise that sentiment and pathos are also part of Tamil film culture.
It is a good comeback for the talented Anand Babu. Ponnambalam and Karthika have done their roles well. John Peter has scored the music but there is little evidence of work going into the songs or the back ground. Of all the songs only ‘Oru Ilavam Panchu’ sung by Harish Ragavendra and Sadana Sargam makes an impression. The camera work of Sukumar is pleasing; editor Sai Suresh should have sat with the director and pruned the length of the film. Director Eureka has written the lyrics. If only he had paid attention to the screenplay and worked more on the climax! Instead he seems to have been content with loading the hero with action scenes.S. R. ASHOK KUMAR