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Pammal K. Sambandham


Simran and Kamal Hassan in "Pammal K Sambandam"... dialogue is its mainstay.

MOST OF the masterstrokes of Media Dreams' ``Pammal K. Sambandham''(presented by Sri Raj Lakshmi Film (P) Ltd.) are from `Crazy' Mohan's pen. His dialogue — a blend of ingenuity and unadulterated humour — sends you into waves of laughter. And if you spend too long a time enjoying one witty utterance, you could, in the bargain, miss a string of repartees that follow. Dialogue, thus, is undoubtedly the backbone of "PKS".

Yet, however incredibly effective the dialogue is, it is the delivery that could make all the difference. It does, because the hero is none other than the versatile Kamal Hassan.

It is rather intriguing how, though this actor can project every shade of emotion with aplomb, it is his comic trysts that never ever fail. His naive expressions, slapstick gestures and excellent intonation make ``PKS'' a veritable treat throughout the first half of the film.

"PKS'' is a comeback vehicle for Mouli, a classic actor of comedy in his own right. Only some one with a sense of humour can present funny incidents well — Mouli has done it in "PKS", well...if you can forgive the confusion and rigmarole in the last hour of the film.

Sambandham (Kamal), a typical bejewelled, garish looking stunt master in films and a confirmed bachelor, tries to help his friend Anand (Abbas) who is caught in the quagmire of matrimony. And for all that Anand had fallen in love, had eloped and got married. His wife Malathi (Sneha) harasses her husband no end on the advice of her friend, Janaki (Simran), a sworn spinster. Enough of a concept to build a comedy structure on.

Another heartening factor is that Kamal is not shown as a young prankster, but a guileless middle-aged person. The typical "Madras Thamizh'' embellishes the dialogue further. Kamal's special liking for the lingo seems to continue from his ``Sattam En Kaiyil'' days to the present ``PKS".

A bespectacled Simran reserves all the gloss and glamour for the duets. She gets a chance to perform in a role that has funny slants to it and has proved that she is capable of comedy too. Sneha and Abbas also suit their roles well.

A special word about Ramesh Kanna's prowess — his sense of timing in dialogue delivery is extremely commendable.

None of the songs (Deva's compositions) affect you even slightly — so what if Kamal himself has sung a couple of them? The `sad' number in the background towards the end is disconcerting to say the least.

Something happens along the way, to the film that began so well. Ennui enters the moment the engagement is called off — it is unfair to make Kamal shed tears in an otherwise fun-drenched film and thereby make "PKS" sag.

If Mouli had sustained the humorous strain throughout, ``PKS'' would have turned out to be a complete comic treat from start to finish. Why he did not do it remains a riddle.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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