Arasangam: Predictable (Review)

Film: 'Arasangam'; Cast: Vijaykanth, Navneet Kaur, Biju Menon and Rahul Dev. Direction: Madhesh; Music: Srikant Deva. Stars: **

Sunday, May 11, 2008 | 7:50:59 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Film: 'Arasangam'; Cast: Vijaykanth, Navneet Kaur, Biju Menon and Rahul Dev. Direction: Madhesh; Music: Srikant Deva. Stars: **

Chennai, May 10 (IANS) Actor-turned-politician Vijaykanth predictably utters punch lines galore interpretable by his fans as verbal brownie points scored against bigger political opponents in 'Arasangam' (government).

This Madhesh-directed venture accords legislator Vijaykanth a free hand to exhibit enough brains and brawn to trigger endorsement from a rural audience.

Vijaykanth plays 'Arivarasu' - a name that translates into English as 'monarch of intelligence' - heading a police training academy and living a nondescript, happily married (wife played by Punjab import Navneet Kaur, wasted) existence.

Extricated from mothballs following the murder of vital scientists and entrepreneurs who have created a pathbreaking invention to help India and the kidnap of a vital police officer-cum-brother-in-law Manoj (Biju Menon, adequate), Arivarasu is asked to solve the mysteries.

Instead of being another Rambo, Arivarasu uses his brain, traipses around Canada where he is assisted by Lara, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer (Seril Brindo), rescues Manoj and extricates the nation's future from the baddies headed by Chandru (Rahul Dev, no surprises) eventually.

Vijaykanth acts his age and puts in a spirited performance. The action is slickly choreographed by 'Rocky' Rajesh.

Director Madhesh has arrayed enough scantily clad females to entertain the frontbenchers.

In a word, 'Arasangam' is a treat for diehard Vijaykanth fans thanks to a passably decent screenplay.

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