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Film Review:''Kannukkul Nilavu''


A TREMENDOUS comeback vehicle for Vijay, wherein he portrays an entire gamut of emotions, Fassil's ``Kannukkul Nilavu'' makes you sit up right from the first scene. And your posture doesn't change till the intermission.

It is not an easy character to envisage or present. Kudos to Fassil and Vijay. The latter projects the role with all its nuances, confusions, expressions and reactions with the right amount of underplay that the role requires. The youngster's potential has been utilised well by Fassil.

Chintamani Cine Arts' ``Kannukkul Nilavu'' is a different story from the ``Kadhalukku Mariyadhai'' team. Shalini's is once again a flawless performance and she achieves it without overdoing things at any point. Raghuvaran is his natural, efficient self. Srividya, `Thalaivaasal' Vijay, Charlie and Dhamu are the other notable performers.

The screenplay keeps you guessing at every turn. But if the climax had been less protracted, the film would have been more enjoyable. A chase in the climax need not be an essential element for a film of this calibre.

Subtlety in scenic presentation and characterisation, suspense without melodrama and spontaneity in reactions (namely, the scene in which Srividya slaps Vijay for going away without telling him) add to the pluses of ``Kannukkul Nilavu.''

The house decor is so predictable in Fassil's movies. The woodwork, the staircase, the furniture - these can take on a different look too, can they not?

Anandakuttan's camera work that allows you to relax and feast on the lush locales, is a significant feature.

Another indisputable highlight is of course, Ilaiyaraja.

``Oru Naal Orukanavu'' by Anuradha Sriram and Jesudas where the excellent beats and melody make a fiesta, ``Roja Poonthotam'' by Unni Krishnan and Anuradha Sriram and ``Iravu Pagalai'' sung by Jesudas which is bound to keep the listener humming it for long, are among the irresistible numbers.

But the crowning glory is the re-recording - the melody that gently falls on your ears and soothens your mind just before the interval and the soul- stirring notes in the last scene are splendid.

Yet another well-made film from Fassil.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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