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Sabdam

IT MAY not be a bad idea to use new faces in a film, provided there is a well-knit script to sustain the viewer's interest. The director of Saburaa International's ``Sabdam'' seems to have overlooked this basic requisite with the result the first half has scenes that just do not help the film to move on. Some twists and turns come later but not before the audience become tired of the proceedings. The story revolves round Sabdam , a music troupe headed by Pradeep (Sriman). Along with him are his friends, Arun (Rishi), Kothandam (Charlie) and Jagir (Ramesh Khanna).

Arun and Vaidehi (Rithika) are in love with each other but do not express it. Jennifer (Abinayasri) is interested in Pradeep. A drama mischievously manipulated by Pradeep makes Vaidehi accept Pradeep as her bridegroom. But the wedding does not take place. The director has tried to tell the story in a different vein but loses control along the way.

Sriman, Ramesh Khanna and Charlie come as the silver lining. Rishi is photogenic and does his job well. Rithika and Abinayashri are adequate.

Gana-lal's music is pleasant and the catchiest of the seven songs is ``Kanava Ninaiva'' rendered by Anuradha Sriram. K. Nithya's camera work is fairly good. If only the director Sivaguru, who is also in charge of story, screenplay and dialogue had paid more attention to the narration, he could have come up with an enjoyable film.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR.

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