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Wistful after V-Day

V-DAY WENT past this year leaving a huge hangover of love, friendship, sentiment and a few bullets and bombshells as well, that spilled all over the city screens. For those who love movies, the treat couldn't have been any better.

Just a day before V-Day, a friend suggested we pay final tributes to `Shahjahan', on its way towards the 100 day mark, the lone survivor among the likes of `Aalavandaan' and `Nandaa'. So `Shahjahaan' it was, as we saw Vijay unknowingly and unwittingly helping his friend fall in love with the girl he loved (Richa Pallot) in a tragedy of errors that ends with a smile on the hero's face. And at 12-30 a.m., V-Day fare had just started.

The V-Day line-up of previews seemed simply irresistible to stay away from. Mani Ratnam's `Kannathil Muthamittal' scheduled to start at 3-30 p.m and the premiere of Revathy's `Mitr--My Friend' at Sathyam at 6-30 p.m.

At Prasad Labs on Thursday, if you expected to be witness to the story of a nine year old, you get more than just that. `Kannathil...' is the film-maker's plea for love and peace in Sri Lanka, a trilogy of sorts after `Roja' and `Bombay'.

The story of T.Amudha (played by P.S.Keerthana who along with the director showed up, after the preview) was just an excuse, a ruse to ensure that there was no controversy this time around (for there was talk of possibility that the film might be titled `Kudai' or `Manjal Kudai' _ as a metaphor for an umbrella for Lankan refugees when the film was under production, with details shrouded in secrecy).

Wistful after V-Day

There are very few in India from whom you can expect such an intelligently and sensitively crafted flick that actually passes off just a story of a girl in search of her real mother (Madhavan and Simran play her foster parents).

You just can't help but to notice the similarity

between Steven Spielberg's `Artificial Intelligence' (AI) and Mani Ratnam's `Kannathil...' Just that there's nothing `artificial' about our director's tale, it is entirely human within the parameters of commercial cinema.

David (in AI) was 12 years old... His love was real. He was not. T.Amudha is nine years old. Her love was real. Her parents were not. So there starts a little girl Amudha's search for her real mother, just like a little robot David's search for the `blue fairy' who would make him a real boy. Only, that the local tale is more gripping and has a pace that's faster than Spielberg's.

So we did miss the beginning of Revathy's `Mitr'. But `Mitr', we found, seemed to strike an instant rapport with the women audiences as it closed to a fun-filled climax.

For a direct contrast, we hopped theatres once again to catch up with the action, `Behind Enemy Lines' also a tale of love (America loves its soldiers!). Just two days ago, we had caught up with another `One' of those Jet Li movies, a janta mishmash of `Matrix' or `Terminator', minus the class.

Catch `The One' if you love cinema... blindly.

By Sudhish Kamath

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