Who can forget the seductive Demi Moore or the traumatised Michael Douglas in ‘Disclosure’? (Its Hindi inspiration ‘Aitraaz’ had Priyanka Chopra in the man-eating act.) Now toeing the line is a bizarre version, K. Rajeshwar’s ‘Indira Vizha’ (A). It’s unfair to the Hollywood edition to even refer to it in the context of the new release, yet it’s inevitable.
If the intention is only to titillate voyeuristic frontbenchers, why spoil worthy story material that lends itself to much more than a mere bare-all act?
Leading the cleavage parade of Rahasiya, Hemamalini and a host of supernumeraries is the oomph queen Namitha. Sleaze characterises ‘Indira Vizha.’
The Teen Channel team has a new boss, Kamini (Namitha). Santhosh (Srikanth), the Creative Head of the channel, who is expecting a promotion, is disappointed. She has an axe to grind, it’s clear, and thus follows a familiar flashback. Soon Santhosh gets embroiled in a legal tangle with Kamini and her husband (Nasser), and when he resigns to his fate, unexpectedly his wife, Savithri (Hemamalini), comes to his rescue …
Namitha as Kamini is all game for glam, for the first time Rahasiya has a significant character to portray with typical sexy gyrations to boot, and as if they weren’t enough the new heroine competes with them to reveal ample.
It’s a raw deal for three actors in particular — Srikanth, whose comeback vehicle of sorts has him playing second fiddle to Namitha, Nasser, the obsessed, cuckolded husband of Kamini, who fails to impress, and Y.G. Mahendra, whose talent, and tryst with cinema should have earned him a much better role than the sheer caricature of a lawyer he portrays. Crassness in dialogue mars the image of the character. And when scenes go on in the same vein for too long, ennui sets in. This applies to many of the elongated scenes in ‘Indira Vizha.’ Again when Vivek begins with a spoof on Sivaji Ganesan’s ‘Gauravam,’ you are put off. But the actor bounces back to perform the rest of his role well.
An ably (!) fractured screenplay leaves ‘…Vizha’ tottering even before it can take off. The first scene — a solemn college convocation — is brazenly reduced to a melee of sorts with the presumptuous medal-winning student Savithri at the helm. The Teen TV crew humiliates her on camera for the world to watch — not once but thrice!
The third affront results in her father’s cardiac arrest, and though a lawyer herself, the lady doesn’t resort to legal recourse but very docilely accepts Santosh when he proposes to her, to make amends!
Catching up with Michael Douglas on DVD or better still Michael Crichton’s original can’t be an alternative because this film is anyway, way down the order. The makers of ‘Indira Vizha’ fail to realise that a voluptuous line-up alone can’t spell victory. There’s something called proportion that a story needs, to score on all fronts! (No puns intended)Indira Vizha
Director: K. Rajeshwar
Cast: Srikanth, Namitha, Hemamalini, Nasser, Vivek
Storyline: A go-getter latches on to a wealthy businessman but is unable to forget her past …
Bottomline: Crudely carnal!MALATHI RANGARAJAN