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Giri

HIGHLIGHTING ACTION and using comedy and romance now and then for relief, Sundar C. makes quite a quick-paced flick of Avni Cinemax's "Giri " (A). He doesn't allow much room for the viewer to ponder over the fact that the story is the usual family feud with clichéd characters dealt with since time immemorial. The story, dialogue and direction are Sundar C.'s.

Vinu Chakravarthy plays the straightforward landlord who tries in vain to end the enmity between his village, and the one on the other side of the river, headed by Sethupathi (`Fefsi' Vijayan). Sethupathi who loses both his sons in a dispute, blames his rival and vows to kill Vinu Chakravarthy's son. The young boy manages to run away. Twenty years roll by but the tension between the two groups continues with no signs of let-up. Giri (Arjun) the strong, honest and heroic servant of the conscientious landlord is more a son to him. A gruesome and bloody battle finally leads to peace in the villages.

Superhuman stunts

It is a tailor-made role for Arjun. To say that he is agile and almost superhuman in stunts and at home in romance is rather redundant. But in "Giri" Sundar has made him attempt comedy and Arjun manages it quite well. The film has more than the normal quota of stunts — almost every scene seems to be alternated with a fight sequence.

Any way action has always been Arjun's cup of tea. He has supervised the stunts conceived by Powerfast and his effort shows.

All the same, if Arjun goes on endlessly with such stereotypical roles, like Vijay does, but for the heroine and the title one film would be the same as another.

Cat-walking her way into young hearts is Reema Sen with an ample measure of oomph. And Ramya adds her bit to it. But neither has much to do.

Sundar is one director who uses Vadivelu really well. "Winner" is an example.

Now again Vadivelu's track in "Giri" lends itself to some hearty laughter.

Prakash Raj presents a surprising cameo and he does enough justice to it. A little more of sentiment and melodrama could have marred the impact, but Sundar has handled the character with care. It is a subdued, underplayed portrayal Vinu Chakravarthy.

The sets (G. K.) for the first duet sequence with Reema Sen catch your eye and K. S. Selvaraj's camera makes the natural ambience of the second equally alluring.

Probably if "Anbae Sivam" had been a hit, you could have expected more of that healthy, refreshing genre from director Sundar C. Since it was not to be, he has returned to formula fare that would please Arjun fans.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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