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"Ice"


THEY MEET, fall in love and the girl gets pregnant. But after that it is an incredible game of hide and seek, till the last second. They live in the same city, visit the same places and in the end even board the same flight to go abroad. But they don't set eyes on one another after the first bout of courtship. They do search for each other... with both eyes closed. A little like what you saw in "Kadhal Kottai". But when the game goes on without respite, the viewer feels restless and exasperated.

Joy Entertainment's "Ice," directed by Raghuraj, is the story of Ashok (Ashok) and Anjali (Priyanka Trivedi). Ashok keeps hopping from one job to the other and when help comes his way in the guise of a rich man (Mouli), he is initially insolent enough to turn it down. But soon he is forced to go to the old man for help and that takes him on a sojourn to Germany. Sri's camera has done commendable work here.

Priyanka Trivedi does a lot of exposing as usual. Haripriya who plays the role of Ashok's relative, in love with him, has more scope to perform.

Mouli makes an impact in a small yet dignified role. Vivek's humour is on palatable lines in "Ice".

The scene where walks down the road, hoping to be recognised for his two-bit role in a film, has you in splits. And the comedy team that entertained you with some wholesome humour in "University" has again assisted Vivek.

Anjali wants to have her baby despite all odds. She is flying abroad for the same reason, so that her dad would not get wind of things. So her sudden decision to end her life seems strange. The song sequences affect the tempo to an irritable extent.

The title is perfect. The setting for the most part is a snowing ice-cold Germany. The heroine's most precious possession is an ice image of herself — one that her lover had given her. To top it all, the hero's face is as expressionless as a block of ice. Whoever gave Ashok the idea that a face devoid of emotions is what acting is all about?

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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