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"Gurudeva"



"Gurudeva" ... usual mix of romance and action.

COME TO think of it, this cocktail of love, hate and kinship with an ample dose of music, dance and stunts thrown in, like in so many other films, could have made some impact if more thought had been given to treatment. B. Jaffer makes his debut as director with Sri Selva Muthu Kumara Movies Pvt. Ltd's "Gurudeva," (U) for which he has also written the story, screenplay and dialogue.

With his height and an appealing screen presence, it is rather puzzling that Jai Akash has not made it big on the Tamil film scene. Can't blame the actor ... he does seem to be trying out new roles — "Gurudeva" is an example. Yet here again Akash looks too suave and sophisticated to pass off as a thug.

Guru (Jai Akash) is a ruffian, uneducated and alone. Always surrounded by friends, a bunch of jokers, he is more of an underworld don. Mari (Nasser), his mentor, advises him to fall in love. And when he does just that his life takes a turn for the worse. Deva (Pranathi), the girl he flips for, uses him to settle scores with her lawyer and get her wealth back, after which she spurns him. The reason she gives for enticing him with the promise of love is not convincing enough. The besotted lover that he is, Guru commits a murder for her sake and is thrown behind bars for three years. When he comes out if you think he has some ingenious plan to teach Deva a lesson, sorry, no such sensible move on his part. The story that falls flat at this point makes no effort to rise till the end.

Too much noise in the name of re-recording and a resounding decibel level in the dialogue uttered, make "Gurudeva" an aural horror. Pranathi's movements show an obvious disinterest in dance. It is so with the make-up too. In fact, Jai Akash's face looks more made up than Pranathi's in some of the scenes. Nasser offers some light moments and is touching in the sequence where he pleads with Deva to help get Guru out of jail. Dhamu's performance is getting too predictable these days — named Nari (fox) in "Ghilli," in "Gurudeva" he is Poonai, (cat)! And always trying to highlight his mimicking skills, he only tries your patience.

"Gurudeva" is the usual tale of the rich, modern girl and the poor, uncultured bumpkin coming together, falling apart and teaming up yet again.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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