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An aimless affair -- Sillunu Oru Kadhal



Sillunu Oru Kadhal

Sillunu Oru Kadhal

Genre: Romance
Director: Krishna
Cast: Suriya, Jyotika, Bhoomika, Vadivelu, Suganya and Meenal.
Storyline: A wife learns that her husband had fallen in love and married a girl. Search begins for the old flame.
Bottomline: This romance is listless.

The most talked about movie of the year, Studio Green's "Sillunu Oru Kadhal" featuring Suriya and Jyotika, arrives only to disappoint.

It has a liberal dose of romance, (frame after frame is consumed by the lead pair), fights sprinkled here and there and a knot in the second half with the arrival of Bhumika.

What it lacks is a strong cohesive script to bind the elements.

When Jyotika and her friends express their decision to get married to men they fall in love with, one expects something interesting. But that is not to be. Gautham (Suriya) and Kundavi (Jyotika) wed, the marriage arranged by elders. The two happily settle down and even have a child (Baby Shreya).

The twist comes in the form of a diary (Gautham's) that Kundavi happens to read. It is revealed that Gautham was in love with a girl (Bhumika). He expresses the wish to `live' with her at least for a day. The two marry but the girl's father, an influential politician, intervenes and separates the couple on the day of their marriage. Gautham is bashed up and the girl is shipped off to far away Australia.

Jyotika now goes on a search mission and manages to find the girl.

Both Suriya and Jyotika look bright and bubbly playing their roles with an earnestness not difficult to achieve.

Bhumika, on the other hand, looks thin and drawn sporting a lost look.

Vadivelu provides the lighter moments but it is not hilarious. Suganya has been wasted. Baby Shreya plays a role beyond her age, nothing unusual for Tamil films. Santhanam has done a good job.

The highlight of the film is the work of cameraman R.D.Rajesekar, who captures the lead pair in an enchanting way.

Except the title song there is nothing great about the work of A.R.Rahman. Even there, the way Thanvi pronounces Tamil words leaves much to be desired. The re-recording, particularly in the college sequence and in the fights, are too loud. Director Krishna, who sparkles in the dialogue, has neglected to take care of the screenplay, and hence the film fails to take off.

S.R.ASHOK KUMAR

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