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Film Review: Dhil

ONE'S STRENGTH should be used in a proper way. Whenever one thinks something is wrong, he should raise his voice and fight it out. If one thinks that something is being done against the law one should always steer things the right way. This is what happens to the protagonists of the movie ``Dhil'', produced by Lakshmi Productions.

Kanagavel (Vikram) is a youngster who goes out with his lady love Asha (Laila). There DSP Shanker (Asish Vidyarthi) comes fully drunk and misbehaves with Asha, inspite of being requested repeatedly to behave. Kanagavel does not know that Shanker is a police officer. They start fighting and Kanagavel wins. The DSP goes to hospital with a gash that requires 18 stitches. It leaves a big scar in his left cheek. Kanagavel forgets the whole episode but the DSP does not. He starts searching for the man responsible for the scar.

On the day of Kanagavel sister's (Deepa Venkat) marriage the DSP catches Asha. When Kanagavel comes to know about it he comes to the DSP who allows Asha to leave. The wedding goes on without a hitch. After being beaten up, Kanagavel is left on a railway line to be run over by an on coming train. But he escapes.

Kanagavel's main aim in life is to become a police officer. He applies for it and waits for the interview. When he is called for the interview, he is spotted by DSP Shanker who comes to know that he is alive and is trying to join the police force. He picks up all the certificates, comes to the house of Kanagavel and burns them in front of his family members.

How Kanagavel and his friends with the help of another police officer Nasser, take on DSP Shanker and how they eliminate him and a bunch of rowdies forms the rest of the story.

Vikram has once again proved that his success in ``Sethu'' was not a fluke. Vikram has the ability and the potential that is seen in most of the frames of the film. The fight with Adi (FEFSI Vijayan) and the one with DSP Shanker in the climax are tedious but Vikram shows his power and skill in these two fights. His dance movements are also graceful.

In another scene wherein he and his friends go to a caste-based meeting and say that DSP Shanker has talked ill about their caste and makes him the target of the public, he shows not only courage but also some brain behind it.

Laila is beautiful. In some scenes she tries her hand at acting also and comes out with flying colours. FEFSI Vijayan as Adi is a villain whose performance is convincing. The main villain is Asish Vidyarthi as DSP Shanker, whose acting is noteworthy. Vivek and Vaiyapuri, try to make the viewers laugh and they succeed to some extent. The last scene wherein Vivek is operated upon is not humorous. Paandu, Myilsamy, Sukran, Vasu and Raviraj are the other supporting artistes.

Of the five songs tuned by Vidyasagar four will certainly make a mark. Particularly the title song ``Dhil'' which has some good lyrics, is bound to be the number one on the list. The song ``Machan'' does not fit in well. The camera work of S. Gopinath, (``Dhil'' is his first film) is good. Dialogue by Bharathan adds pep to the proceedings.

Dharani has taken care of the story, screenplay and direction.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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