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Villain


THIS "VILLAIN" is a hero — the Robin Hood kind. Though his purpose is to channel all illegal funds that he sets eyes on into the various homes for the handicapped. To him their welfare comes before everything else.

Showcasing such sentiment lends itself to typical formula fare— bad guys, glossy girls, jazzy sets, lush locations and fast music — a selling cocktail indeed. All the same the physically and mentally challenged twin brother of the hero makes a difference to NIC Arts' "Villain".

Racy action holds your interest for quite a while. Yet when you think that things have fallen into place and the film is nearly over, comes another bout of kidnap, bomb threat, stunts and emotional outbursts.

Shiva and Vishnu (Ajit Kumar) run away from home at a very young age. Callous, uncaring parents are the cause. Shiva is astute and extremely affectionate towards his mentally challenged brother.

His entire life revolves round Vishnu's well-being. He robs the corrupt rich to offer succour to the challenged needy and is helped in his mission by a group of friends — Priya (Meena) is one. He crosses the path of many powerful men and comes out of the most trying situations unscathed.

You see a trim Ajit in "Villain". And Yuhi Sethu's story helps the hero present appealing histrionics for the sentiment lover and full-fledged stunts for those who dig action. Ajit scores on both fronts. The sequences where he makes a fool of Karunas, who plays a pilferer, are enjoyable.

The sole aim of Kiran, the other female interest, seems to be to appear seductive but she only ends up looking over-exposed. Meena has a more meaningful role to play. Weight watching would help both the heroines.

Ramesh Kanna as a friend and accomplice of Ajit makes an impact with his innuendos and light-hearted humour.

Sabu Cyril's art effects appear garish at times. Vidyasagar seems to have taken a break after "Run" — the songs hardly touch you.

Daring stunts, some in slow motion, are impressive — the credit goes to Kanal Kannan.

If you don't rack your brains about the feasibility of the hero's game plans, you could enjoy watching "Villain". Yet the script could have been tighter.

K. S. Ravikumar's screenplay, dialogue and direction have proved the proverbial Midas touch to actors like Kamal Hassan and Rajnikanth — they should work wonders for Ajit too, just as his earlier dual role ("Vaali") did.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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