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Of a callous ego trip



CHASING A DREAM: Madhumita and Jai Akash in `Amudhae'

Amudhae
Genre: Romance
The cast: Prakashraj, Jai
Akash, Uma, Madhumita
The director: S. Ezhil
The storyline: Their dream thwarted, this pair chalks out an audacious plan _
The bottomline: Love, lose and try getting it back!

The intriguing opening sequence of Aim Production Private Ltd.'s `Amudhae' promises profundity in treatment and to a certain extent lives up to it too. Be it `Thulladha Manamum Thullum,' or `Poovellam Un Vaasam' writer-director Ezhil has always come out with decent films that adopt a fresh approach to romance and life. The latest, `Amudhae,' does not disappoint you either. Only things move at their own pace.

Dinakar (Jai Akash) and Nancy (Madhumita) are neighbours in love with each other. Nancy, the breadwinner of the family, is as headstrong and egoistic as she is caring and responsible. The two families are not going to allow the romance to culminate in marriage and so Nancy suggests a plan and Dinakar agrees. She would marry the millionaire Victor (Prakashraj) her self-centred parents have chosen for her and he would settle for Vinaya (Uma) his parents have decided upon. But soon the two would get divorced and get back to each other. Because Madhumita's plan does not even give as much as a thought to the plight of Victor or Vinaya who would suffer for no fault of theirs the lovers lose sympathy straightway.

Prakashraj's amazing screen presence is an asset of `Amudhae.' He lights up the frames with his histrionic potential — you can easily overlook the overtones in a couple of scenes.

Madhumita who impressed you with a stunning debut in `Kudaikkul Mazhai' revives the magic yet again. The hourglass figure, the tastefully done costume and myriad expressions should take her places. Uma is another who glows in a subtly played, effective portrayal. But Jai Akash's blank looks most of the time confound you. Both Prakashraj and Uma are too understanding (!) that it appears that the two lack self-respect. Despite the audacity and apathy of the lead pair they never react strongly. Prakashraj losing his temper once is some consolation! New composer S. Sunil has come out with a couple of hum-worthy pieces.

Flashes of brilliance and food for thought the story offers — you could disagree with the logic or feasibility of the proposition tabled, but the point is, it is something different. And Prakashraj in a pivotal role is a splendid choice

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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