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A packed, purposeful cast -- Raman Thediya Seethai



SENSITIVE TREATMENT: Raman Thediya Seethai

An MGR film title takes a new form, and a literal connotation. ‘Raman Thediya Seethai,’ (U) is another ‘Autograph,’ as the promos state, only in that it has Cheran with many heroines. Also joining the bandwagon are a couple of other heroes, viz., Pasupathy and Nithin Sathya. Yet the sentiment and sensitive treatment make it entirely Jagannath’s.

The writer-director’s entry was with Vijay’s ‘Pudhiya Geethai’ followed by ‘Kodambakkam’ — films in which he showed promise. Now he is back with a solid story and a hero who suits the role to a T. Having such a huge cast and giving enough importance to each isn’t easy. Jagannath achieves it creditably.

Packaged well

The Moser Baer Entertainment – Global One Studios’ production is a neat linear narration of the life of Venugopal (Cheran), a bachelor whose every attempt at finding a match for himself invariably falls through. Nothing materialises till he comes a full circle back to the girl he had first met… Jagannath maintains the momentum till the very end. Kola Baskar’s editing adds impact to the director’s smooth story telling technique.

Cheran knows his strengths. In the role of a businessman who is basically a small town guy steeped in values, he does full justice.

The initial recounting of his psychological imbalance as a boy and the stammer that creeps in whenever he is tense are effectively enacted by the actor. As a performer Cheran has come a long way from his ‘Solla Marandha Kadhai’ days. Vimala Raman, whose debut in ‘Poi’ was a dampener, scores with her telling eyes and appealing presence. From certain angles she reminds you of Banupriya of yore.

Pasupathy’s track is on a different plane — that of a confident, visually challenged radio jockey with typical mannerisms. Both the director and the actor deserve credit for the characterisation and the execution. Gazala plays his wife with aplomb. A very interesting role of a reformed thief has come Nithin Sathya’s way and the young man does ample justice to it. With her refreshing presence and natural acting Karthika conquers, while Ramya Nambisan plays her part with sensitivity. And it’s a wonderful portrayal from Manivannan — in the role of a distressed father whose daughter elopes on the day of her marriage, the veteran shines. So does Karunas.

Food for thought

The icing on the cake is the climax. Beneath the facade of humour, you can’t miss the anguish of the man who gets beaten up black and blue by the girl who could have been his prospective bride — a well-fleshed out sequence in which Navya Nair (in a special appearance) makes a mark.

The film subtly but clearly questions the rightness or otherwise of our customs, vis-À-vis arranged marriages.

Cheran’s relentless hunt for a life partner tends to get exasperating. At some point, at least in the last scene, you wish he would retaliate with anger. But he never does!

The lyrics — ‘Ippavae Ippavae’ (Viveka) and ‘Enna Pulla Senja’ (Jayantha) — are colloquial. In fact too much so, that you feel the words could have been in more chaste Tamil. All the same, Vidyasagar’s melodic strains are as lilting as always. Rajesh Yadav paints lustrous shades with his camera.

Nagercoil looks beautiful, and so do the sets (Vairabalan).

Don’t expect deviations in the form of cinematic heroism or contrived romance here. But if you have a penchant for clean family drama this one could be straight up your alley.

Raman Thediya Seethai

Genre: Family drama

Director: Jagannath

Cast: Cheran, Pasupathy, Nithin Sathya, Vimala Raman, Gazala, Karthika, Ramya Nambisan, Manivannan

Storyline: The hero’s hunt for a suitable bride

Bottomline: Neat narrative

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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