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Set in a different milieu ... Rinki Khanna and Prashanth in "Majnu".

SOMEHOW THE pining lover boy look, the forlorn romantic expression had always eluded Prashanth. But ``Majnu'' shows that his eyes, after all, can convincingly convey the yearning of a young man hopelessly in love.

Ravichandran takes the credit for the story, screenplay, dialogue and direction of Cee (I) TV Entertainment's``Majnu". Strangely, at every point there is the right build-up for a suspenseful crescendo which almost always ends as an uneventful straight line, without any highs or lows.

Heena (Rinki Khanna) comes down to Chennai from Kolkata on an educational tour, where she unwittingly gets caught in a cross-fire between politicians and terrorists. Vasanth (Prashanth) comes out to save her from the crisis. He sends her safely back to Kolkata only to follow her all the way — again bloody terrorist encounters occur before things are sorted out. Prashanth sees, chases, and captures one of the conspirators — why then doesn't he come forward to prove Heena's innocence, instead of keeping her holed up at his place?

Just because the girl, in jest, says that she has a bomb in her bag, the shopkeeper making her out to be the culprit is another inexplicable contention in "Majnu".

Rinki, the petite, new entrant, comes across as an actress with talent in the emotional scenes.

Harris Jayaraj's numbers are both vibrant and melodious. "Pinju Thendralae" and ``Mudhar Kanavae'' are two examples. Vairamuthu's lyrics add to the flavour.

Priyan's camera, swirls with clarity in the crowded streets of Chennai and the congested housing colonies of Kolkata.

The photography is equally appealing in the way it brings to view the youth and vivacity in the song sequences.

Vivek's constant jibes at society and our way of life, are a healthy foil for the serious scenes.

"Majnu''is a love story in a terrorist ambience. The ambience is undoubtedly different but surely the treatment could have been more gripping.


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