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Film Review: ''Sri Raja Rajeswari''

AADHI BHAGAVAN Films' ``Sri Raja Rajeswari'' is a socio- devotional film with revenge as the theme. Ramki and Ramya Krishnan belong to a tribal community and are lovers. The elders decide to unite them in marriage. On the night before the day of the marriage the couple happily sing and dance. Three businessmen (`Nizhalgal' Ravi, Thyagu and Ponnambalam) who come to the hill station spot the two and try to misbehave with the girl. In the fight both lovers die. The girl vows that she will come back to take revenge.

She is born in the same place, named Raja Rajeswari and takes revenge on Thyagu and Ponnambalam. The `Nizhalgal' Ravi episode begins in the second half and Raja Rajeswari finds it difficult to settle scores with him since all her attempts are thwarted. The plot thickens when Raja Rajeswari's attention turns on Ravi's son who returns from the U.S. and is a look alike of Ramki. He is married to Sangavi but the vengeful girl has other ideas. Now the Goddess intervenes.

All the lead stars have dual roles to play. Ramki does not have much to do. Ramya Krishnan hogs the limelight and does justice to her roles. `Nizhalgal' Ravi does a neat job. Ponnambalam and Thyagu are adequate. Vadivelu's comedy is average. Bhanupriya as the goddess has nothing much to offer. The cast includes Malaysia Vasudevan, Delhi Ganesh, Nalini, V. K. Ramasamy, Pallavi, S. N. Parvathi and K. R. Vathsala.

Deva has scored the music. The devotional song wherein 165 names of Amman are picturised on 108 deities of various Amman temples is one of the highlights of the film. The song written by Kalidhasan and sung by Chitra is sure to be a hit among women.

Produced by Pushpa Kandaswamy, the story, screenplay and direction are by Bharathi Kannan.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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