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"Jay Jay"



Pooja, Madhavan and Amoha in "Jay Jay" ... romance that touches implausible levels.

IF THE so-called undying love between the lead pair fails to stir you even slightly, it is because this case of love at first sight and intense pining after second sight is thoroughly unbelievable. Oscar Films' "Jay Jay" is a rapid fire round of romance between Jagan and Jamuna, which fails to touch the viewer.

Jagan (Madhavan) sets eyes on Jamuna (Amoha) at a shopping complex and is captivated by her looks. The next day he meets her again and professes his love for her. The fast pace of his life does not give time for a long period of courtship, says Jagan. Whether he has a job to support a wife is immaterial. But Jamuna believes in fate and weirdly enough writes down her address on a 100-rupee note and spends it immediately stating that if they are destined to marry (each other), the note would come back to him in a year's time — after that she vamooses and that's it. From that moment the viewer is taken on a dizzying rollercoaster ride all over the country, sometimes with the 100-rupee note, sometimes with the heroine and most of the time with the hero.

Strangely, Madhavan is loud and theatrical in most parts of "Jay Jay." The scene where he and his friends suffer humiliation at the MLA's hostel is just one example. But he compensates for all that in the climax with fast and furious action and reaction to the villain's threats.

Why does the otherwise good-looking hero have to sport a permanent stubble and generally look unkempt?

Amoha exasperates you with her lacklustre reactions that begin and end with blinking. As far as expressions are concerned, this new face has a long way to go.

In contrast the role of Seema, the girl who loves Jagan passionately and gives him up gracefully, fits new find Pooja like a glove.

Malavika (of "Anni" fame) does full justice to her character of the heroine's chirpy cousin Meera.

Whether he is supposed to be eccentric or plain stupid is not clear. But Jamuna's fiancé is an obsequious person who irritates you no end. Sasi portrays the insipid character.

Bharadwaj's music is a very pleasant and positive aspect of "Jay Jay." Reema Sen's item number is another attraction.

"Jay Jay" has Saran's story, screenplay, dialogue and direction. Saran seems to have been carried away by the protracted route of the 100-rupee note and the hide and seek game between the lovers that he lets his screenplay go haywire.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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