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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Yet another 'Maro Charitra' from Balachander
Udaykiran, who made his debut into films with Chitram directed by Teja earned a lover boy image in Telugu and gave hits like Nuvve Nuvve and Manasanta Nuvve. However, he almost vanished from the Telugu cinema due to unknown reasons and became busy in Tamil films. He got an opportunity to play the lead in the prestigious 101st film of K Balachander in Tamil called Poi, produced by versatile artiste Prakashraj. The producer is a staunch worshipper of Balachander and says it is his tribute to the great director. The film has a great love story and truly it is yet another 'Maro Charitra' of this great director.
Vemana (Udaykiran) is the son of a political leader. Vemana's father is very principled and never recommend anyone for anything out of honesty. Vemana who doesn't have any job caught in a political game and to escape from it, leaves for Sri Lanka. He befriends with one Benarjee, a Bengali and gets place in his room. Accidentally, Vemana gets attracted to Shilpa (Vimala Raman) and falls in love with her. However, Shilpa had a strong ambition to become an IAS officer and serve the society. She believes that love, marriage would be the major hitches in achieving her target. Vemana meets her and lies that his name as Bala Vinayakan @ Bala. She keeps rejecting him, but Bala will never give up. At this juncture, Bala gives her a bracelet which would remind his love to her. She fails to part with it. Meanwhile, one Roshan enters the scene and says that he is love with Shilpa right from his childhood. Roshan is basically a good dancer. On one occasion, Roshan meets Bala and Benarjee and pleads with them to find her lover. Then Bala realizes that it is none other than Shilpa. In this backdrop, Ramya (Geetu Mohandas), Shilpa's sister-in-law, reaches Colombo and question why Shilpa was moody and tells her that Shilpa is really in love Bala. In order to get rid of one of the two Romeos, Shilpa holds a dance contest in which Roshan loses. With Roshan's loss, Bala feels that he won her love. But Shilpa tells Bala frankly what she has in mind and wanted to leave her. To make her happy, Bala decides to leave for India. However, he realizes that her passport was with him, he thought of returning it to her. Learning that Bal and Shilpa are parting ways, Roshan thought of uniting them and tells a lie to each other that they were about to commit suicide. But, Bala goes earlier and finds that his bracelet and Shilpa's dupatta on the seashore. He believes that Shilpa had already committed suicide, Bala ends life. By the time Shilpa reaches the place, Bala is dead. Unable to live without him, Shilpa also commits suicide, The film ends as a tragedy.
The performance of all the artistes are plus points in the film. Everyone in the film including Udaykiran, Vimala Raman, Gitu Mohandas and others did complete justice to their roles. The film once again proved that Balachander is the master of direction. The film would be yet another master piece in his film career. Especially, the illusion of a father (Balachander) and fate (Prakashraj) and their conversation would be another highlight and plus point for this film. Vimala Raman, the gorgeous girl who was brought up in Australia, but basically a Tamil girl, though a debutant performed well. Gitu Mohandas is at her best. The mother-son sentiment thread was also moulded well.
Though the film is quite good, the tragic end of the film could be a minus point for the film. The killing of mother character is also unnecessary as it has nothing to do with the film as the hero, who loves her very much do not know about it and his father or any other did not reveal it.
It is a must watch movie for youth and those in love. It is not that easy to give a remark to the film directed by one of the greatest directors of India. The present generation directors failed to catch the pulse of the youth, but this director, who had an experience of directing 100 films really caught the mood and elevated the love in a different angle. It is really a tribute to this great director.
Cast: Udaykiran, Vimala Raman, Sridhar, Gitu Mohandas, Avin, Balachander, Prakash Raj, Srija, Divya, Bharat.
Lyrics - Veturi
Dialogues - Shashank Vennelakanti
Editing - Kasi Viswnathan
Camera - Biju Viswanath
Music - Devisri Prasad
Presents - Anandi Art Creations,
Producer - Prakash Raj
Screenplay and direction - K Balachander.
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