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Love dons a surreal garb



WHERE THOUGHTS PLAY CUPID: Ah... Aah ...

Ah ... Aah ...

Genre: Romance
Director: S. J. Suryah
Cast: S. J. Suryah, Nila
Storyline: Suspicion enters the lives of a pair of lovers and plays havoc.
Bottomline: Love with a code of conduct!

Unlike Jeeva's `12B,' which confounded viewers, Annai Mary Madha Creations' `Ah ... Aah — Anbae Aaruyirae' (U/A) prepares you for what's to come, with a clear intro that melds beautifully with the opening song sequence. It is the story of estranged lovers re-united by their own thoughts — only that their feelings for each other are given a human form. Thus we have another pair along with the original.

And if you saw the influence of the Hollywood film `Big,' in `New', in `Ah ... Aah ... ' you notice traces of the Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg hit, `Ghost.'

After `New' Suryah probably feels double entendres are his film's USP. That's why in many sequences you have dialogue obviously censored but clearly mouthed. Also sublime love slips into a mere physical plane very easily.

The screenplay is smooth but the story falls into a routine quagmire in the climax, thus making `Ah ... Aah ... ' sag towards the end.

How it goes

Shiva (Suryah) and Madhu (Nila) represent a permissive mindset, as they are lovers living together. Things come to a pass when the possessive Shiva grows suspicious of his girlfriend and they decide to go their own ways. Suryah the filmmaker, has proved himself even earlier. But the actor has a long way to go. Looking painfully thin, Suryah is also too loud-throated for a young, broadminded man. Strangely his voice that booms into your ear, and his intonation, remind you of comedian Paandu! In fact certain sequences, such as his showdown with Nila, offer much scope, but the actor fails to make use of them because of wrong modulation.

However, as a dancer he shows incredible agility. Nila, the debutant, is Suryah's offering of a Simran-like face. Santhanam is slowly but certainly making his presence felt as a noteworthy name in the comedy line-up. But the actor had better watch his weight.

You may never come across a psychiatrist like her, but for Urvasi even one scene suffices to make you laugh. How is it the real Shiva suddenly understands that the look-alike whom he has been trying to chase out all these days is not the real Madhu?

Also Suryah could have avoided the lengthy sermon in the end.

It's not for nothing that Vaali remains the uncrowned king of words. The lyric of the title number in particular is out of the world in content and thought. Hats off to the septuagenarian song-writer! `Anbae Aaruyirae ... ' zestfully sung by A. R. Rahman, the melodious `Mayiliragaai' and the charanam of the `Thala Thala ... ' song are a treat from Rahman.

From production to direction, story to screenplay and dialogue to acting, `Ah ... Aah ... ' is a Suryah show through and through. When the onus is immense, certain departments tend to suffer. Here his acting does. Nevertheless you have to give it to him — he has tried something different though with the common line of pining love.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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