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"Alai"

WHEN WILL filmmakers grasp the importance of screenplay? Depending too much on an individual, be it the hero or the heroine, at the cost of the screenplay, is sure to tell on the final product. And it has, in the case of Damini Enterprise's ``Alai," presented by Padmalaya. The youthful exploits of Silambarasan, the glamour of Trisha and the winsome music of Vidyasagar fail to do the trick, for the simple reason that the film lacks a taut screenplay with well-knit episodes.

The storyline is the clichéd boy-meets-girl-quarrels-before-falling-in-love stuff. Opposition from parents also follows the predictable pattern. If one expects the climax to make amends for the shortcomings one is sorely disappointed.

It has to be conceded that Silambarasan looks mature with the experience of two films. There are several scenes, for instance when Trisha is introduced and his encounters with brother, Kuralarsan, which vouch for this and underline the fact that he has not been used properly. Little Kuralarasan, incidentally, has excelled in some of the scenes. Vivek as the hero's friend fails to evoke laughter. Raghuvaran and Nasser as the father of the boy and the girl respectively impress with their performance.

The background score of Vidyasagar is a saving grace, with three melodious songs. The camera work by S.Murthy is noteworthy. Produced by G. V. Prasad the film is directed by Vikram who has also written the story and the screenplay.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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