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"Kaakha Kaakha"

SURYA HAS come a long way since the days of "Naerukku Naer." Robust in looks and smug with self-confidence the young man has matured into a full-fledged action hero. "Nanda" proved it to a great extent. "Kaakha Kaakha" confirms it. It is obvious that Surya has worked really hard — honing his histrionic skills, concentrating on dance movements and stunts and particularly working out on his physique. The result is the impressive hero material that Gautam, the writer-director, has made optimum use of in V Creations' "Kaakha Kaakha."



Surya and Jyotika in "Kaakha Kaakha" ... speedy action from start to finish.

Generally police stories spell success because they are full of action. But then these stories depend on a strong, fast moving screenplay. "Kaakha Kaakha" does not disappoint you on that score. It is speedy action from start to finish.

First director Gautam has to be congratulated on for his linear narration... for his acumen in not wasting time with a superfluous comedy track. Probably saying that he could have also done away with. It might be unfair to say that the item number (from Ramya Krishnan) shouldn't have found a place because it is so obviously a part of cinema's commercial agenda. However, it has to be mentioned that the choreography is blatant, crass and rather repulsive.

Anbuselvan (Surya), Sethu, Ilamaran and Srikanth are young straightforward IPS officers.

Expectedly, the ruthless, hardcore villains put up a stiff resistance and life turns topsy-turvy for the quartet. Unwittingly Maya (Jyotika) becomes the target of underworld kingpin Pandia (Jeevan). Her romance and later marriage to Anbuselvan put her in great peril.

"Kaakha Kaakha" is just another story of vendetta. But the treatment and the characterisation make it commendable.

Jyotika looks ravishing in the role of a responsible schoolteacher who falls in love with Anbuselvan. The pair has an appealing screen presence.

Jeevan, the "University" hero, is the proverbial Evil pitted against Good. His voice that is very different from a villain's strident decibel level makes an impact.

Harris Jeyaraj's score for "Kaakha Kaakha" has already been acclaimed a hit. R. D. Rajashekar's camera is a visual delight.

Anbuselvan's life in flashback, in the first person commentary form gets monotonous at times. Gautam could have added a couple of more ways to unfold the hero's past. And how come an astute officer like Anbuselvan fails to see through Srikanth's sudden change in behaviour?

"Kaakha Kaakha" is for action lovers who believe in logical storylines and deft treatment.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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