Started by gopu, Aug 04, 2009, 12:47 AM

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A former understudy of Kathir, Ahmed dishes up a nice pot pourri of romance and action peppered with some mystery.

A brutal political murder, an accidental recording of the same, the chase, and dead bodies dropping off in quick succession is older than the VHS format. Haven’t we seen dozens of such films in English, Hindi and Tamil, the most recent being ‘Muthirai?’ A handful of films have also come and gone, in the Far East as well as in Kodambakkam, where the hero or heroine uses a master key to enter unoccupied flats, to make themselves at home. The last time that happened was in ‘Ladam,’ where Charmie took homelessness to a new high. But in ‘Vamanan’ the director makes it plausible, since the hero is an aspiring actor, and if acting is about realistic portrayal, then everyman is an acting school.

Such a treatment can get tedious and boring, but the film escapes such a fate, thanks to some excellent dialogues in the first half and a fairly good rapport between hero Anand (Jai) and his friend Chandru (Santhanam) who plays a television journalist. The story begins elsewhere-- with Pooja (Lakshmi Rai) a model. While filming an ad, the remote camera records the sudden murder of a politician widely tipped to be the next chief minister. The cameraman who informs a top cop is murdered on a train in which Ananda is busy drooling over Divya (Priya). The hunt for the tape is on, and Anand the boy from Salem gets caught in the thick of things. Especially when he is befriended by the smooth operator John (Rahman), who breaks into flats easily. There is also the thread of a drug gang, and the storyline is a neat little powder keg.

Jai has come through with a better performance than expected, although there are shades of Vijay in his acting, which he can do well without. He could do well with some better voice modulation. Santhanam and Urvashi (as Pirya’s mother) give a neat performance. There are minor gaffes-- since when do TV channels send their cameraman with but a rookie friend for a sting operation? On the whole, however, the director ties up the loose ends without sacrificing much of the entertainment quotient. You won’t regret a trip to the cinemas on this one.