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Sri Bannari Amman


``Bannari Amman'' ... yet another tale of good against evil.

SRI MAHALAKSHMI productions' ``Sri Bannari Amman'' has all the ingredients to make it a box office success. It is Vijayashanthi's 175th film. The lyrics and music are by T.Rajender. There are two songs — one each for Kushboo and Sukanya to dance their way into the hearts of viewers. In spite of all these the screenplay is not as crisp as it should have been. If only one story had been woven into a nice screenplay, it would have sustained the tempo. A couple of small stories narrated in the film make the main story line weak.

How Goddess Bannari Amman destroys evil and blesses the good is the gist of the film. Here Vijayashanthi takes on the role of the goddess and also a woman who helps all in that village. She comes to the village as a woman skilled in curing people of their ailments and treats the people with her supernatural power.

Karan, who wants to become the Chief Minister, finds a sorcerer who tells him to renovate the temple in the village to get his wish fulfilled. Even after doing it Karan and his party lose the election. How Karan with the help of the sorcerer tries to get all the things for their benefit is the main story. But some small stories also crop in and they dilute the main story.

Vijayashanthi has done both the roles with ease. If only she had changed her stone-like expression when acting as the healer it would have been better. Karan is his usual self — he should lose some weight. Nalini is also a devotee here. New find Laya is promising. Vadivelu tries his best to kindle laughter here and there. Rajan P.Dev, `Bayilvan' Ranganathan, C.R.Saraswathi and `Pasi' Sathya are also in the cast.

T.Rajender's music certainly enhances the film and in the seven songs three are good. Vijai's camera work is commendable. V. Prabhakaran's dialogue is crisp and to the point. Story screenplay and direction are by Bharathi Kannan.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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