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"Ennai Thalaata Varuvaala"

IT HAS been in the making for a long time now. So you see a much slimmer, younger Ajit in Muthalaya's "Ennai Thalaata Varuvaala".

But again not too much of him — and if it appears that Ajit has wriggled out of the project midway, you can't blame him.

The storyline is an attempt at being different. And that is about the only positive of "Ennai... " Vennila (Sumi) is a spoilt brat — arrogant, insolent and belligerent. But not even mildly sensible. Just because Satish (Ajit), her classmate in college, wins prizes in competitions, she wreaks revenge on him by actually getting married to him at the Registrar's office and then throws him out that very night! In the confusion that follows Satish is beaten black and blue, and conveniently slips into a comatose state for the rest of the story. But not before telling Vennila that he would teach her a lesson. And teach he does, with the help of his brother Santhosh (Vignesh) and vague medical theories that make Vennila bear Satish's baby... !

The story could have been made an interesting suspense thriller because you also have a maniacal killer thrown in for that extra eerie effect. And there is the brother Santhosh who jumps up from sleep often, as he hears his dead mother's voice goading him into revenge! But the narration is slow, hampered by redundant dialogue so much so that stifling a yawn is a challenge.

You have seen Sumi in other films but her name was different then. She looks attractive and reminds one of Meena from certain angles. Vignesh does his bit. And so does the `villain' Amar Siddiq. But nothing makes an impact because the flawed screenplay and direction makes watching "Ennai ... " a tiring exercise.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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