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Film review: ''Vinnukkum Mannukkum''

A YOUNG man falls in love with a film actress and his feeling does not seem to be reciprocated. Supergood films' ``Vinnukum Mannukkum'', produced by R.B. Chowdry, picks up momentum in the second half.

Sakthivel (Sarath Kumar) is the leader of his village and is adored by the people. His only brother is Selvam (Vikram) who after completing his education in Singapore returns to the hamlet. Both Sakthivel and his wife Lakshmi (Kushboo) are very fond of Selvam and want him to get married and live happily. Selvam is keen on marrying a girl he has seen in his dream. Sakthivel is prepared to go anywhere to find the girl.

Selvam actually comes across the photograph of his dream girl in a TV advertisement and discovers that she is an actress (Devayani).

A film crew lands in the village for shooting, and Devayani, as she is called in the film too, is in the group. Sakthivel approaches her with his brother's proposal but she insults him.

``I am beautiful and famous and cannot marry a villager,'' she says. Does Vikram accept defeat or manage to bring her round?

Director Rajakumaran has taken special care in the choice of songs and locations to make the film entertaining. He should have paid more attention to the first half and more important, must have extracted more work from Vikram, who has the potential, and Devayani, for whom it is a cakewalk.

Sarathkumar as Sakthivel has done a good job. Ramesh Kanna's solo comedy, as the director of the film, is hilarious. Nambiar and Vinu Chakravarthy make a brief but memorable appearance. Directors Vikraman, Agathiyan and Abbas join the guest club. Sukumari and Rami Reddy give able support to the proceedings.

Of the six songs tuned by Sirpi, `Unakenna Unakenna,' written by P. Vijai and sung first by Sujatha and later by S.P. Balasubramaniam and Sujatha, is the best. The title song, `Pasamulla Sooriyane,' by Manavai Ponmanikkam and sung by Mano and Krishnaraj is good. `Kadal Vinnukkum and Mannukkum' (Era. Ravishanker - S.P. Balasubramaniam and Sujatha) is melodious. The background score is also noteworthy. Akilan's camera work is pleasant. Story, screenplay, dialogue and direction are by Rajakumaran. He has taken up a story which has mass appeal and handled it well.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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