Monday, February 21, 2005

VIJAY the victorious!!!

Vijay has once again proved that he is numero one in the elite panel of Tamil cinema actors with his exceptional acting faculty in the recent release ‘Sukran.’ Trade mongers are amazed at the youngster’s vast acting competence that is hidden underneath the soft veneer of the nearly silent actor. He should be applauded for his clairvoyance in picking the right projects that have attributed to the string of success the star has encountered.

Successive films like ‘Thirumalai,’ ‘Ghilli,’ ‘Madurey,’ ‘Thirupatchi’ and now ‘Sukran’ that has him in an important guest role, have all been super hits thereby proving he is one of the most reliable actor who can retrieve the producer’s cost of production and more. Time and again he has proved his detractors wrong who have periodically written him off after one or two failures.

It amazes everyone to wonder how this inconspicuous gentle guy is able to emit such fire, fury and emotion once the word “take” is called. He passes of as someone who is in the least interested in all the hype and excitement going around him. His slow drawl and nonchalant behavior sometimes have left people near him doubt if they have got his attention after all. But at the word “action” the emotions gush out faster than the tsunami rushing inland when the earth’s plates had their contour altered. More forceful than the Narmada gushing out when the gates of its dam are opened. Such is the power of his performance. And dangerous too….

Dangerous to all his competitors! The man can emote any emotion, be it sentiment, comedy, sarcasm, drama and of course his all time favorite - action. Special mention has to be made about the hilarious scenes in ‘Ghilli,’ a remake from the Telugu original ‘Okkadu’. Remakes generally lose the flavor of the original and rarely create the same magic; but ‘Ghilli’ has detracted from the usual and scores more on several aspects when compared to ‘Okkadu’.

With no shred of consciousness, he becomes the character itself. Over the years he has shed the clout of awareness that is a bane to actors. He doesn't act; rather exhibits a realistic portrayal like the scenes in ‘Kushi’ that his fans claim could not have been done by any other artiste with such √©lan.

Certain scenes in the film ‘Kannukul Kanavu’ where as an amnesia patient he reacts to the attention of Shalini and in ‘Thirupatchi’ where he justifies the need to get her a husband from the city clearly are masterpieces. The dialogues he speaks, even the most emotional and difficult ones, do not seem to be rehearsed and repeated. Instead he sounds like a commoner’s everyday communication with others, not many heroes of today are blessed with this gift.

His comfort level with any kind of mood, feeling and reaction has left us pondering if the actor’s versatility has been wasted by his constant endeavors with action roles. It is time he goes past the ‘all time successful formula driven storyline’ and concentrate on roles that will challenge his caliber and potential.

Adulation is pouring on him with both cinema industry, fans, critics and public calling to wish him. It brings cheer to reminisce his early days, when in the mid 90’s he was cast in the film ‘Poove Unakkaga,’ he had to endure the disapproval of distributors and rejection of several top heroines who were sought to act opposite him in that film. But now that he has scaled the peaks of success his films are grabbed at the launch itself and actresses line up to be part of his film.

He has gloriously touched the crest of the luminous that so far only a handful have encountered. With winsome youthful looks still intact and eclectic acting potential in him, Vijay’s road to acting is still long and bright. Thanks to his father’s adroit moves while charting his son’s career graph, it is on the rising as like the mercury in our city.

Great going Illayathalapathi…

Friday, February 18, 2005

Sukran - Review

[Friday, February 18, 2005]

Sukran begins as a campus love story ends haywire with the heroine being gang raped by a Judge, a Minister' son and a police officer and eventually the hero taking revenge on them for their heinous act.

As usual, Chandrasekhar points an accusing finger at the corrupt judicial system and selfish police officers for the evils of the society.

Ravi Shankar (Ravi Krishna) and Sandhya (Nadheesha), students of a college in Dindigul, are love birds. When Sandhya's mother and a village panchayat chief (Nalini) comes to know of their affair, she puts spokes in their wheel. But the caring father of Ravi Shankar (Nazar) sends them to Chennai. For his act, Nazar gets bumped off by Nalini.Upon reaching Chennai, a corrupt police officer (Sreeman) apprehends Ravi Shankar on a complaint given by Nalini that he had murdered his father when he put his foot down on their affair. Ravi is put behind the bars.

Sandhya is persuaded to seek the help of a Judge (Rajan P Dev) to get a bail for Ravi Shankar. When she reaches the place, she gets gang raped by the police officer and the judge, which they also videograph. After a series of events, the couple decides to commit suicide. At this juncture, they comes across Sukkran (Vijay ) who advices them to face all troubles boldly.

Again the couple gets harassed by the police and Sandhya gets arrested on (false) charges of prostitution. All efforts by Ravi to get her out on bail is futile. An agitated Ravi shoots the inspector, the judge and the Minister's son who raped his girlfriend and escapes with her from the court.

Sukkran steps in and promises to save the couple. He appears on behalf of Ravi and puts forward enough evidence to help out Ravi. He also eventually kills the Minister (FEFSI Vijayan) responsible for all wrong-doings.Ravi Krishna does nothing but appear for a few numbers and goes behind Nadheesha romancing. Even when she gets gang raped, Ravi Krishna's amateurish performance fails to win over the sympathy of the audience.

Vijay, who plays a criminal lawyer to bail out Ravi, is the welcome relief in this movie. Vijay speaking lengthy and punchline dialogues and his acrobatic stunt sequences are aimed at his fans. Dialogues demeaning judges, college professors and police officers could embarrass audience.

The director has accommodated two item numbers with Rambha and Ragasiya.