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Kadhal Sadugudu



Not a complete action hero this time... Vikram with Priyanka in "Kadhal Sadugudu".

THE MILIEU and the sentiments involved remind one of another Vikram starrer "King". But NIC Arts' "Kadhal Sadugudu" talks about love in a more profound manner. In the making for a long time, this flick written and directed by Durai, has Vikram looking more like he did in the days of "Sethu".

But it is a softer, kinder, role — a contrast to his action ventures like "Dhool". He is a perfect foil for the impulsive, short tempered and proud Chidambaram (Prakashraj). What Prakashraj tries to achieve with his fiery eyes and full-throated dialogue, Vikram achieves with his quiet demeanour. Vikram's eyes in particular, convey emotions with ease. But at times you wish he were a little more brisk and dynamic.

Suresh (Vikram) and Kausalya (Priyanka) fall in love. But unwittingly Suresh keeps rubbing her father (Prakashraj) on the wrong side. So naturally he objects to the match. But after a point his senseless, irrational anger drives you to exasperation. The climax at the railway station is clichéd, predictable, boring and so typical of our films. The hero's monologue only accentuates the dullness. There are many members in the huge joint family Suresh stays with, but not one, including Nambiar, makes an impression.

Super Subbu (Vivek), his grandma (Paravai Muniyamma) and the father with his Kangaroo court form a comedy track that has nothing to do with the main story.

The vulgarity in dialogue in certain sequences makes the viewer squirm.

"Maegathil Ondrai... ", sung by Hariharan and Sujatha has melodic touches. Deva is the composer. The re-recording hurts the ear.

It is not action packed like "Gemini", "Dhool" or "Dhil". Neither is it a haunting family drama like "Sethu" or "Kasi". All the same "Kadhal Sadugudu" has Vikram and as always he does justice to the part he plays.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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