Monday, December 10, 2007

Rameswaram review

Granted, the backdrops are splendid, the camera angles are astounding and chromatic tones are stunning. Congratulations to Vengal Ravi (art), and R.B Gurudev and Vetri (camera) for the effort. But does this suffice to make a film watch-worthy? ita films' Rameswaram has laudable technical assistance holding aloft a love that is run of the mill. The only difference here is that the hero is a refugee from the neighbouring Island.
Jeevan and his grand father are part of a group of Srilankan refugees, which arrives in Rameswaram, to escape the conflict on their island. A philanthropist lends a helping hand to the deserving folks, and his daughter, Vasanthi without giving any thought to the repercussions, in typical Kaadhal style, ensnares Jeevan with her overtures. Intially he wards off the attention but eventually gives in. The romance makes him vulnerable. However, in a pheonix like rise he returns to retaliate in a cinematic style! Jeeva's big plus is his urge to exlplore wider avenues in the choice of characters. This film offers him more scope and he impresses us as a depressed young man who has lost all in the ethnic crisis. His problem arises with the delivery of Lankan lingo, which lacks consistency. You can expect Kamal Hasan's perfect Lankan Tamil from Jeeva.
It is not just Jeeva but even Manivannan, who plays the role of grand father, does the same. The carelessness prevents you from identifying yourself amongst the characters. Surprisingly most others in the camp do a better job than these two. The situational comedy in small doses evokes smiles. Bhavana has done a bubbly role as a heroine who chases the hero relentlessly. But overall, director Sellvam could have given more attention to the story rather than art and cinematography.