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With accent on a brave breed



ACTION WITH A PURPOSE: Dishyum.

Dishyum
Genre: action
Director: Sasi
Cast: Jeeva, Sandhya, Nasser, Malavika
Storyline: A fearless stuntman in cinema loses concentration once he falls in love.
Bottomline: A different approach to action.

It's heartening to note Jeeva selecting roles with care these days, after his success stint with `Raam.' He joins writer-director Sasi for Oscar Films' ``Dishyum" (A). An apt title as it tells you the story of a stuntman in cinema. It's a romantic tale all right, but not one where love happens overnight and things look hunky-dory for a while before parents step in to raise objections or villains enter to add to the action. Sasi proves different.

``Dishyum" deals with the daredevilry of unsung heroes who risk their lives to make the leading man in films look invincible. He is the one who plays dupe for the hero in the dangerous stunt sequences. Sasi captures their do-and-possibly die work culture that has not been projected on screen so far.

`Risk' Bhaskar (Jeeva) as he is called, is a fearless stuntman who undertakes the most dangerous of actions in cinema.

But his profession takes a back seat often once Cynthia (Sandhya) comes into his life.

His feeling for her is one sided as she wants time to decide whether he means something to her or not. Somehow the passion and depth of true love seems to be missing in ``Dishyum." So much so that it does not allow you to empathise with the lead pair in the climax. A guessable end follows but there's much drama before it.

Different approach

It's a solid role for Jeeva and the young man has worked hard on it. But sudden changes in the character's behaviour and abruptly ending sequences make matters slightly vague for the viewer.

Peter Pappiya's cutting of shots could be a reason, as scenes are not rounded off smoothly. And that's what makes ``Dishyum" a curate's egg. Sandhya shows that she wants to be more than a mere glam doll. She has a substantial part to perform and acquits herself quite well. Nasser as her dad presents a dignified essay. Sasi deserves special mention for moving off the stereotypical track and finding a young, passive and attractive looking screen mom in Malavika. Badru, though pint-sized, provides enough humour and food for thought too!

``Nenjankootil" (the pallavi in particular) is an enticing melody that permeates through the film into your mind to remain there for long. The tune sounds familiar, and is a moving refrain from composer Vijay Antony. Vairamuthu's lyric adds to the flavour.

That Sasi believes in a different approach to romantic themes was clear in his `Sollamalae' and `Roja Koottam.' He reiterates the point in ``Dishyum."

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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