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Ramana



"Ramana" enters with a lofty aim.

FILMS THAT show invincible heroes conquering evil with convincing élan, have always made a mark with the lay audience. The approach hardly fails — from "Gentleman" to "Indian", "Mudhalvan" and a host of other films this formula has worked with incredible success. Oscar Films' "Ramana" is on similar lines.

After projecting senseless violence and gore in "Dheena", director A. R. Murugadas, returns armed with a purposeful story, poignant dialogue and a fairly neat screenplay in "Ramana".

Murugadas can be cheered straightway for using Vijayakanth in an appreciable way. As a conscientious professor, a loving husband, an affectionate father and a ruthless terminator, Vijayakanth lends dignity to the role of Ramana.

After "Panchathanthiram" this is another solid supporting role for Yuhi Sethu — just goes to show the actor's acumen to choose characters that are worthwhile. The role of a witty and aspiring police constable offers much scope, which Yuhi has utilised well.

Behind the façade of a calm and unruffled professor, lies a killer whose sole aim is to realise a corruption-free State. His Anti-Corruption Force takes on the echelons of power, tracks down officials in every department, kidnaps the wrongdoers but kills only the most corrupt among them. Fear of death alone can save the nation from corruption, he believes and he is proved right.

Linear narration with absolutely no frills is a major factor that sustains the viewer's interest. Hence even comedy is done away with. But the humour in the scenes where officials dread to accept bribes is enjoyable — though they are too similar to what you had seen in "Indian".

Excellent editing, credit goes to Suresh Urs, goes a long way in maintaining the tempo of "Ramana."

The name of the film must have mesmerised the maestro into creating re-recording that is outstanding. Ilaiyaraja's soft opening title music that leads to a captivating crescendo makes you sit up.

Thankfully there are no incongruous duet sequences on undulating alien terrain or unnatural romantic overtures. "Ramana" is the story of a mature individual that has been dealt with in an equally mature manner.

All the same, certain scenes lack subtlety and finesse. The alleged corruption prevalent in private hospitals, for example, could have been handled better. The blatant avarice of a highly educated group is something that's hard to digest. No intelligent person would make his nefarious activities so obvious.

The concept is Utopian and the sequences almost implausible, but A. R. Murugadas sends a ray of hope for society's honest lot, through his "Ramana".

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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