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Jore

HOWEVER HARD you try, you just about find two positive aspects in Sena Films' "Jore" — and the more prominent of them is Satyaraj. When you have scores of heroes well past their prime clinging to their youthful image here is an actor who dares to be different. He doesn't flinch from displaying his baldpate or playing dad to a grown up son, in this case his own. Satyaraj is best when he is casual, happy-go-lucky and carefree. In the serious scenes he is not as convincing. The other plus about "Jore" is the comedy involving Vadivelu and Satyaraj, though the track reminds one of the sequences involving Vivek and Shaam in "Lesa Lesa." Here again the humour loses its appeal and leans towards lewdness once Sharmili makes an entry. As for the rest of "Jore," it is eminently forgettable.

Sabapathy (Satyaraj) is a widower. His son Shakti (Sibiraj) is a college student. Father and son share a wonderful rapport. Till, of course, Shakti walks into his home with Shalini (Gazala) the girl he's in love with. The otherwise friendly father will not allow his son to have anything to do with the murderous MLA Lingam's (Kotta Srinivasa Rao) family. As is always the case, the heroine is the villain's daughter. `Punish the father and then bring her here,' is the command. A lot begins to happen rather late in "Jore." Banupriya as Meenakshi, the girl whom Sabapathy had wanted to marry as a young man, but could not, appears in a cameo. The role would have made some impact if it had been underplayed a little.

Going by cinema norm, the villain's son has to be a consummate villain too — as crude and crass as the dad. So is Shalini's brother Vijay (Ramana). Most of the characters in "Jore" are mere clichéd caricatures. Sibiraj's footwork is commendable in the dance sequences and that's about it. Performance wise the young man has a long way to go. Sibi should choose his roles with care. Considering his age, the song, dance and action routine is understandable, but hackneyed plots and run-of-the mill portrayals cannot take him anywhere.

Very much like the song and dance sequence seen earlier in the Arvind Swamy starrer "Pudhaiyal," the "Muttikkalama" song in "Jore" filmed in one shot as a long and continuous sequence, is a visually appealing highlight. John Babu is the choreographer.

Incidentally, makers shouldn't give titles that lend themselves to rhyme or pun. You are so tempted to call "Jore" a bore. The shallow storyline, loose screenplay and inept direction — all by Selva — are the bane of "Jore."

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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