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CHENNAI: Set in a rural milieu, the film is about the idealistic differences between two families related by marriage. It is about  how it affects the relationship between their respectiv

Published: 03rd February 2012 10:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:48 PM   |  A+A-

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CHENNAI: Set in a rural milieu, the film is about the idealistic differences between two families related by marriage. It is about  how it affects the relationship between their respective progenies, and paves the way for bloodshed and destruction. The writer-director’s third directorial venture (Senathipathi, Thirumagan), the film seems inspired by many old films. Particularly by Bharathiraja’s Kizhakku Seemayile, for which incidentally Ratnakumar was the writer. It’s not just the old plot and style, this film also lacks the emotional feel and the gripping narration of Bharathiraja’s films.    Pavan and Balaji who have played supporting roles in films earlier get to play the protagonists here. The duo is adequate, but all that melodrama seems to bog them down. They essay cousins Vallarasu and Chinnasami respectively, who share a great bonding. In love with each other’s sisters, the alliance has the approval of their respective families. Till an incident occurs which brings a rift between the two families, backfiring on the love lives of the cousins. The film opens in a tension-filled situation, where Chinnasami, the two girls and the entire village, wait for the return of Vallarasu who has been convicted of murder. The man is out on parole and there is sure to be a settling of scores between the cousins. The happenings are narrated in a flashback, the story returning to the present where the finale is played out. The earlier scenes are lighter and breezy and more interesting than the latter part. The bonhomie between the cousins, the  foursome’s fun rides on a single bike, and the role of the older women in patching up differences that crop up between the men, are all handled with fair interest by the director. But it’s the latter part which steers towards melodrama. Also, the whole way in which the problem is resolved leaves much to be desired. Singampuli as the domestic help gets more footage than his role warrants, his nonstop loud banter soon turning his comedy into a jarring affair.

   The two female leads Priyanka and Sunulakshmi reveal themselves as actors of potential. But the director who had depicted the women particularly Vairam ( Priyanka) as strong characters with independent minds earlier, backtracks in the finale. So, the final move by the two girls to reconcile their warring brothers seems forced and unpalatable. Sengathu Bhoomiyile has an old feel and an even older storyline. It probably would have appealed to the audience a couple of decades back.

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