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I Love You Da



"I Love You Da" ... the lead pair hardly makes an Impression.

ATTEMPTING A novel theme is laudable provided one is sure of his steps. The cricket match-fixing scandals of the recent past have inspired story writer-director C. Rajadurai, no doubt — but it is so obvious that he has done little to first know the modus operandi of the infamous system. Guru Films' "I Love You Da" that has touched the silver screen after crossing many a hurdle, falls flat due to identifiable reasons — the director has not done his homework properly, the dialogue makes you squirm at times, none of the actors seems involved in the role taken up and to top it all the lead pair fails to make even a slight impression. The casting of Raju Sundaram and Simran as hero and heroine seems more an exercise in incongruity.

Raju (Raju Sundaram) is an avid cricket player, whose love for the game, and diligence take him to the loftiest of heights — the world cup! His neighbour Priya (Simran) falls in love with him and soon falls out of it on the flimsiest of grounds. Priya's father Rajkishore (Raghuvaran) is first introduced as an IAS officer (!) and later shown as an underworld don — with match fixing as his mainstay. Wasting the capabilities of an actor of Raghuvaran's stature in roles such as these is unpardonable. It is almost pathetic to see him sitting around a battery of hastily set up computer terminals and staring into them, even as he mouths the clichéd, inane villain's dialogue with as much conviction as possible. Getting back to the story, Rajkishore tries his best to thwart India's chances in the world cup when his daughter guns him down. Anyway she is released soon and joins her hero.

Raju Sundaram is best as a dancer and choreographer — serious acting is simply not his cup of tea, as "I Love you Da" clearly proves. Simran's overt, inconsiderate and illogical anger every time Raju tries to explain his stand proves an irritant. Prakashraj, the cricketer who retires hurt after a bomb attack, surfaces after a decade as a selector of the cricket team. Strangely he is also soon seen coaching the players.

The choreography and the chorus ("I love my India") in the song "Vandhutaanda ... " stick to your mind.

But don't expect something even remotely on the lines of "Lagaan" folks. Because films like "I Love You Da" have a very, very long way to traverse.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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