LYING THROUGH one's teeth to settle down with a rich and beautiful wife is not a new ploy that heroes have adopted. The repercussions are usually told in a lighter vein and all ends well. Varshene Films' "Banda Parama-Sivam" has a similar theme. The story is passé and the treatment leaves much to be desired.
Paramu (Prabhu) and Sivam (Kalabhavan Mani) are swindlers, cheats and vagabonds. A marriage broker (Charlie) takes the two to two rich but quarrelsome brothers (Manivannan and Vinu Chakravarthy) as prospective grooms for their daughters. The reason is that one of Charlie's clients (Livingston) wants to teach the crass and status conscious rich man (Vinu Chakravarthy) a lesson. The story has many twists and twirls and just about a couple of situations that evoke laughter. But otherwise it is too loud for appreciation. The dialogue, supposed to be humorous, lacks class.
If Prabhu's girth is an indisputable sore point so is Kalabhavan Mani's crudeness. Rambha and Abhinayasri have little to do, except look glamorous. Abbas and Monika, however, make a decent looking pair. P. Vasu as Chidambaram Udaiyar lends some dignity to the proceedings. T. P. Gajendran makes more impression in his role as an actor (he plays a servant) than as the screenplay writer and director of "Bandha Parama-Sivam".
Unbelievable happenings and unnecessary fight and song sequences are the other marring aspects.
It is sad that filmmakers assume that just about anything in the name of comedy would sell. Let alone laughter, most of the time it is not even possible to manage a sardonic grin.
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