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Aei

THIRUVALLUVAR KALAIKOODAM'S "Aei" is every inch a Sarath Kumar film wherein he has acted in the lead, sung a song and also shown his biceps. The first half of the film has Sarath Kumar with Vadivelu trying to bring the former's love interest, Namita around, quite enjoyable. The flash back takes the main portion of the second half of the story. It is almost like another story being told in this lengthy segment, Sarath Kumar fights the policemen in the police station. The novelty is that he is sans clothes. Cameraman Venkatesh and stunt master Super Subbarayan have handled it in a subtle way.

Now for the story. Sakthivel (Sarath Kumar) a military officer returns to his friend's place in Tamil Nadu and sees how bribe has become rampant in the police department. As he is not able to control it as an individual he takes the help of his friend Mani who is also a policeman. The main villain is Kotta Srinivasarao who is waiting to take revenge on Sakthivel, who maimed him (Sakthivel shot a bullet each through a leg and an arm ).

Next to Sarath Kumar it is Namita who takes more frames but only in some love scenes and in songs. Vadivelu takes care of the first half while stunts and the macho aspect of Sarath Kumar take care of the second half. Vijayakumar, DGP, is the only person shown as a clean officer who helps the hero. Ashish Vidyarthi as the DSP Easwera Pandian fits the role neatly. Kalabavan Mani has done a good job as the friend of the hero who extracts a promise from Sarath Kumar that he would make his sister a District Collector one day. Mumtaz appears in a dance.

The dialogue of Pattukkottai Prabhakar is powerful, especially when the police department is the target. Srikanth Deva is maturing with each film and two of his number ``Ajina" and ``Miyuav" will be hummed by the audience. A. Venkatesh who is also responsible for the story, screenplay and direction has made the film interesting with his gripping narration.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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