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Clipping (49kbs) - The New Indian Express, 19-11-1999. By Y. Maheshwara Reddy, M.A. Devaiah, Parvathy Nair, G. Ulaganathan

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Film review
Run-of -the-mill
Film: Drona (Kannada)
Direction: H Vasu
Cast: Jaggesh, Monica Bedi, Avinash, Shobaraj

DRONA is old wine in a new bottle. It has all the ingredients of the regular run-of-the-mill films— poverty, greedy landlords, wily politicians, the exploited, and, of course, the hero who plays the role of Saviour. While director H Vasu has allowed the hero to criticise the inefficiency of politicians, he seems to have forgotten to deliver a decent film. If the dialogues and the characterisation of Jaggesh’s role are any indication, it seems Jaggesh is preparing the groundwork for his own political future.

Drona, alias CM (Jaggesh), is an orphan who is supported by slumdwellers to complete his education. He tries to repay his gratitude by cheating greedy landlords and brothel-keepers. While escaping from a police officer, he unwittingly enters Swetha’s (Monica Bedi) room and sees her in an embarrassing position.

Meanwhile, he gets selected as a Sub-Inspector of Police and tries to help his people from a vicious MLA, who plans to usurp the slum. In the process, he antagonises JD (Avinash), a liquor baron. He also comes to know that JD is responsible for his parents’ death. How Drona teaches him a lesson forms the climax.

There’s nothing special about Jaggesh’s acting but he steals the show in some scenes where he delivers lectures about the greed of government employees, politicians and police officers. Monica Bedi seems to have nothing to do in the film except dance. Avinash fails to convince as a villain.

This is a film for people who enjoy movies without bothering about any logic in the story.


Heady cocktail, but hyped
Film: Padayappa (Tamil)
Cast: Sivaji Ganesan, Rajnikanth, Ramya Krishnan, Soundarya, Nazar, Manivannan.
Music by AR Rahman
Director: K S Ravikumar

RAJNIKANTH ends the two-year drought for his fans with this wholesome entertainer, It has a heady cocktail of comedy, action, songs, sentiment and the usual mannerisms. There was much hype about this film and it was stated that Rajni would be announcing his political future. But he cleverly wriggles out of it and keeps his intentions a suspense.

Political undercurrent is there throughout the movie and Ramya, the girl who is passionately in love with him and who begins to hate him and spite him when he makes it clear that it is the poor girl Soundarya who is to he his life partner, is the target of his attacks. She is in fact shown to be an arrogant, selfish girl (like a top Chennai politician) and Rajni does his shadow-boxing with the help of powerful dialogues.

Chevelier Sivaji Ganesan dominates the first few reels and dwarfs everyone by his brilliant performance. As Rajni’s father, he has established a tradition in the village that a girl and a boy who are to wed have to say ‘yes’ in front of the public and swear by God Muruga (Rajni is named Padayappa after Arupadayappa, Lord Subramanya).

Manivannan, his brother conspires for the property and Sivaji and his family are driven out of their ancestral home. Sivaji dies before he steps out of his house. Rajni goes and stays outside the town but luck smiles on him as he is virtually sitting over a goldmine in the form of granites. He becomes a multi-millionaire but still opts for Soundarya.

Smarting under the insult, Ramya locks herself up in a room for 18 years (why 18, Mr Ravikuamar?) and comes out only towards the end to wreak vengeance on Rajni’s family. What follows is a long climax.

Ramya as the obsessed lover steals the show in the first half with a spirited performance. She deserves a pat for doing full justice to a role which is sure to anger hard-core Rajni fans.

Soundarya in contrast gets a subdued role. The weakness of the film is the lack of a powerful villain and the director has to fall back on Ramya to fill the slot. Rajni fights with a score of thugs who are no match for him. Two songs are sure to become hits but apart from that Rahman’s background score is routine.


Worth a few laughs
Film: Mannadiarpenninu chengotta chekkan.(Malayalam)
Cast: Mukesh, Kanaka, Innocent, Jagathy Srikumar.

DO not be alarmed at the name, for more is to follow. This is a movie with a lot of characters who call each other the choicest epithets during sickness and health, for richer, for poorer and till death attempts to do them part.

The Mannadiars are a set of four fearless brothers who terrorise Mannadipu ram but who are putty in the hands of their conniving little sister Aarcha. Chengotta Sethuraman (Mukesh) a lawyer, arrives on the scene swearing to teach her a lesson and to claim her as his bride.

The storyline is decent and Mukesh was born to make people laugh, but somebody should have told the producer that while idiotic buffoonery and exaggerated dialogues may work in movies in other languages, it doesn’t score at all with discriminating malayalis.








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