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Love Marriage


Ranjana and Ajay in " Love Marriage" ... a flimsy tale.

THOUGH EVERY conceivable love angle has been milked dry by our producers, story writers seem to be working overtime to find hitherto unthought of twists for romantic plots. Or look for such tales in films in other languages. Some manage to succeed while others come a cropper. G.K. Entertainment's "Love Marriage" is one that is neither here nor there.

The hero's sudden turnabout halfway through the film does make you sit up, but the reason given is so flimsy, that you slid back to your supine posture.

Shrikanth (Ajay) is a lawyer like his father, but he spends more time gallivanting around town with friends. He falls in love with Shobha (Ranjana) but when it's matrimony time he backs out. That's because he suddenly realises that he does not believe in the institution of marriage. Not that he will forget Shobha for another girl. Only that he wishes to be a lover forever! And he expects the girl to feel the same way — which is preposterous, to say the least. The decision is radical and that's about it. Till the end he sticks to his stand, or so it seems....

Shyamganesh is Vimal, a friend of Shrikanth. He too is in love with Shobha, but vamooses from the scene without a fuss when he knows that Shobha's heart is elsewhere — only to return as the inept bridegroom. He is used as a standby, cast aside without a thought, and nobody, neither the hero, his parents nor Shobha, offers a word of apology or even a look of guilt. Actually why should they when Vimal himself gleefully smiles as he gives the mangalsutra in his hands to Shrikanth? So much for sensitivity!

This is Ajay's second film and it is only too evident that the hero has worked really hard in every aspect — dancing, stunts and acting.

A skimpily clad Ranjana prances around with the hero in foreign lands as is the norm.

The redundant squabbles between Shrikanth's parents (Fathima Babu and Vijay Kumar) lack maturity.

M. Ilavarasu's camera has captured bewitching backdrops and picturesque locations in the song sequences. Deva's ``Roja Malarae...'' and "Keeravani... " are aural-friendly numbers.

"Love Marriage" is neither a boring love triangle nor a melodrama of friendship and sacrifice. And the film rises above any predictable formula — but only to be caught in a web of a very loosely hanging storyline.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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