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Manadhai Thirudi Vittai

THE LANKY lad is here — again with a new heroine, a new director a new storyline and also a performance that has hitherto not been seen from him, in KRG Movies International's "Manadhai Thirudi Vittai".

Prabhu Deva (Deva) is a music college student who falls head-over-heels in love with Sruti (Gayatri Jayaram), his junior. But the obstacles that arise before the relationship could culminate in marriage are examples of the ingenuity of the person at the helm - R.D. Narayanamurthy.

Armed with a suspenseful story and a cohesive screenplay, this young director has come out with a fare that is reasonably appealing. The witty dialogue by Prasannakumar is another positive part of the proceedings.

Just as you are about to dismiss it as yet another of those dime-a-dozen love intrigues, comes the turning point.

Gayathri Jayaram is cheerful, lissom, and lively but has nothing much to do by way of acting. It is Kausalya who has a solid role to play and she acquits herself creditably. Experience definitely makes a difference.

Gayathri would do well to improve her dancing skills. Otherwise she is a newcomer who shows promise.

Sriman and Ranjith have effective cameos. While Sriman's agony on seeing his sister's (Kausalya) plight borders on melodrama, Ranjith is just right as the friend of Prabhu Deva. Sriman is shaping into an artiste with potential on the big screen too.

Yuvan Shankar Raja's lilting, soothing and soft title music offers a warm welcome to the viewer.

The one-scene appearance of P.Susheela as a playback singer who visits Kausalya's household to brighten her spirits, is another interesting aspect of the film.

Vadivelu's crudeness and Vivek's shrewdness are other prominent features of ``Manadhai Thirudi Vittai". Vivek's subterfuge and the clever way in which he wriggles out of it add to the lighter moments.

Prabhu Deva has clearly proved that there's more to him than mere dancing gimmicks.

Raghunatha Reddy's camera caresses the exquisite locales of Coonoor and Ooty - sights you never get tired watching.

Director Narayanamurthy's hard work is evident in every fram.


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