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Life in rainbow colours



A REFRESHING TEAM: `Ullam Kaetkumae'

Ullam Kaetkumae
Genre: Romance
The cast: Shaam, Aarya,
Laila, Asin, Pooja
The director: Jeeva
The storyline: Life of five youngsters in college and out of it _
The bottomline: For the young, and the young at heart

With the freshness of youth as the fulcrum comes the long-awaited `Ullam Kaetkumae,' (U) from GV Films Ltd., written (story, screenplay) directed and captured (camera) by Jeeva. Sujatha's dialogue lends the flick the essential sheen. `Ullam ... ' is more a celebration of life, a celebration you would enjoy being a part of.

Introducing five college students, who are raring to go, Jeeva gives a distinct touch to each of them. If Shyam (Shaam) has a roving eye that lingers for a while in Priya's (Asin) presence, Iman (Aarya) is a talented cricketer for whom love is life. Head over heels in love with Irene (Pooja), the Anglo-Indian girl, once he is hit by reality he moves on. Pooja (Laila) is more at home with the boys on the campus and charms you with her braces-backed smile, while Priya, the Brahmin girl, is practical enough to not allow her heart to rule her head. The story swings between the past and present smoothly and without confusion. The clear-cut shot divisions and the crisp editing (V. T. Vijayan) enhance the effect. Thotta Dharani's art concepts further accentuate the mood.

Casting is apt and each of the actors delivers the goods with aplomb. `Ullam ... ' should augur well for Shaam who has done a neat job. Aarya, for whom `Ullam ... ' should have been the debut film, proves that he's a youngster with potential. When Aarya can dub for himself (he has, hasn't he?) why has Shaam not done so? Pooja (again she and Asin actually began with `Ullam... ') sports a permed and coloured hairstyle and dons a role that gives her enough opportunity to perform, which she does.

Asin is every inch the cultured, middle class college goer. And doing justice to her part is Laila. Always joining the boys in their fun, Laila's enactment of an innocent young woman is enjoyable. But while the girls look a little different and mature after a gap, Shaam and Aarya look the same. Jeeva could have tried to make them appear slightly different in the later stage.

Choreographer Raju Sundaram is in a league apart. Simple footwork and aesthetic arrangement of the dancers make each number a treat. For instance, the tap dance like movements for the `Mazhai Mazhai' song. Harris Jayaraj's composing skills come to the fore in `Ullam ... ' The effective use of percussion in the background, for certain sequences is noteworthy.

Jeeva, who tried an innovative line in `12B,' may have failed to hit the bull's eye in the attempt, but this time round he does.

A classy carnival on a college campus!

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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