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"Pudukottaiyil-irindhu Saravanan"



"Pudukottaiyilirindhu Saravanan" ... where impediments are overcome with unbelievable ease.

BE IT beating up the bad men, moving from one country to another without a passport or earning money in a jiffy for a near round-the-world trip, it is all so terribly easy for the hero of Indian Theatre Production's "Pudukottaiyilirindhu Saravanan", that the impact is both positive and negative.

Saravanan (Dhanush) goes to Singapore only to work as a labourer. His aim in life is to clear the family debt and do his mite for his parents. But fellow workers just won't let him be. His passport is burnt and in the scuffle with one of them the man dies. Saravanan is forced to flee. Meanwhile he is also entrusted with the task of taking Shalu (Aparna) to her parents in India. The police are on their trail, but the two walk, hitchhike a ride or steal a car and travel all the way by road through Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar. They sing, dance, make merry and also earn some money in the bargain.

Though the two rarely make a serious attempt to hide themselves and are on the road for most part of the day and night, the police is never able to track them down! At every juncture, escape from one country to another poses no problem! But most amusing is the ease with which they walk through the heavily guarded Burma-Indian border! And even if there's a problem in the form of half dozen Chinese men trying to misbehave with Shalu, the budding Bruce Lee of our screen beats them up in style!

This is Dhanush's fourth film. You have to give it to the youngster — he has been choosing roles with care. In "Pudukottai... " his voice is loud, giving you the feeling that he overacts. The decibel level was high in "Thiruda Thirudi" too, but this time it is unbearably sonorous. If Dhanush wants to make viewers believe that he can bash up the innumerable villains who come in his way, he better concentrate on body building exercises. Debutant Aparna may not have the height or features of a traditional beauty, but she's natural and expressive. The comedy track, a spoof on the dual role that Ajit did in "Vaali," doesn't tickle you much.

This is writer-director Stanley's second venture after "April Madhathil." And in content and treatment "Pudukottai ... " is very different. Peter Hain's stunts give a realistic feel and Ramesh G.'s camera offers some visual delicacies. Except "Naattu Sarakku... " Yuvan Shankar Raja's numbers are enjoyable. The pace and percussion for songs such as "Where do we go... " make them foot tapping. "Pudhu Kadhal ... " is soaked in melody.

Story wise there's nothing much. All the same there are no boring villains or a contrived climax. Intended to be a light film, "Pudukottaiyilirindhu ... " stays that way till the end, but the director could have given a thought to the plausibility angle.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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