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From levity to gore



MEANDERING SCREENPLAY: 6'2"

Genre: Murder mystery
The cast: Satyaraj, Sunita
Varma, Vadivelu, Ravindar
The director: V. Senthil Kumar
The storyline: James is an eyewitness to a murder on a suburban train, or so he says...
The bottomline: Tall claims but short on class

In the first hour of A. P. Film Garden's `6'2" ' Satyaraj is his usual sarcastic self, providing some humour, with Vadivelu in tow. The bloody twists that the film takes all of a sudden at the halfway point come as a surprise. It is to the credit of screenplay writer and director V. Senthil Kumar that the suspense is maintained. James (Satyaraj) employed at a call centre, works through the night and returns home at dawn. A regular commuter on the early morning metro train, he chances upon a cold-blooded murder in the compartment he travels in. Unnatural deaths continue. Crudeness in treatment is the bane of `6'2" '. Till Satyaraj remains casual Vadivelu's comedy is enjoyable. Once the hero's character takes a different turn, Vadivelu's comedy pursues the beaten path. How long can you find humour in the comedian being beaten up? Hiccoughs in the smooth movement occur because of this insipid track, and the item number that sticks out like a sore thumb. The trend of importing a dancer from Mumbai for every film is absolutely exasperating. Song sequences spring on you at the wrong situations and spoil the tempo of `6'2" '. And certain acts of the heroine (Sunita Varma) lack logic. Sunita looks alluring only when well clad. Ravindar returns to the Tamil screen in the same kind of villain role that he did two decades ago. Levity or sadness Satyaraj is at ease. Both in dialogue delivery and music (Iman), `6'2" ' has an unwarranted loudness about it. The decibel level hurts the ear. Do you need Nityasree Mahadevan to sing a number such as `Napoleonae ... '?

`6'2" ' is not just the height of the hero, claims the slug. What else could it mean, unless it is also a reference to the meandering screenplay and the crazy interpolations in the name of comedy and dance? Prithvi Rajkumar's story and dialogue have substance. Only if Senthil Kumar, the debut-making director, had given more thought to crispness and finesse ...

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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