FRIDAY REVIEW

What happened Dharani? -- Kuruvi

Beats reason: Kuruvi.

Beats reason: Kuruvi.  

The problem is when a filmmaker gives a blockbuster which stands out for its neat narration, thrilling action and admirable technique, and thus sets a benchmark that even he could find tough to match again. Director Dharani did just that with ‘Ghilli’ — a film which is still fresh in the viewer’s mind. Naturally, when the team enters after a hiatus there’s comparison. ‘Kuruvi’ (U/A) tries its best to fly high, only that the effort isn’t enough because earlier his eagle (‘Ghilli’) had soared much higher. Of course, Dharani keeps up the momentum and things move fast to the midway point.

This Red Giant Movies’ production is one of its kind — a film with a story that doesn’t even feign an attempt to be logical! Without doubt, fans like fantasy but even they expect some rationale in the storyline. Probably Dharani felt that the Vijay magic would override everything else.

Vetrivel (Vijay) is superhuman. He has his quota of fun and to add to the levity is his friend (Vivek). Matters take a serious turn when he understands that his father and a whole lot of his workers are kept as slaves in a quarry in Cuddapah…

Amazing dancer

Vijay’s footwork in dance is absolutely amazing! But before flexing his muscles he could have worked more on the brawn factor. It would have made his stunts believable. For the first time Trisha’s screen presence isn’t a sizzler.

By the way, your timing and modulation are getting too repetitive Mr. Vivek.

You can’t but be awed by the lip sync that Vidyarti manages in every film. At no point do you realise that it’s another voice speaking for him! And the actor lends life even to the most clichéd of roles. Manivannan is in the bad men’s custody but keeps threatening them constantly! You wonder how he gets away with it! Any way ‘Kuruvi’ doesn’t care much for reason and this is just one example.

Another let-down is Vidyasagar’s music. But Kalyan, Shobi and Prem Rakshit (dance choreographers) score. A definite value-addition is Gopinath’s camera.

Director Hari’s assistant Shiva Shanmugham made a film (‘Thagappansami’) with the same theme — bonded labour. Released in December 2006, it had fine performances from Prashanth and Pooja, and was poignant and sensitively treated. But sadly it sank without a trace. Dharani has picked up a similar line and made a pot boiler, but one which is found wanting.

Kuruvi Genre: Action

Director: Dharani

Cast: Vijay, Trisha, Suman

Storyline: When the son realises that his father and the workers in his firm have been carted away and forced into bonded labour, hell breaks loose.

Bottomline: There’s Vijay, but what else?

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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