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|Debutant director I.Anand's Vamanan has an electric start that grips you to your seat for the first 15 minutes, before petering out into a run of the mill thriller.
Jai in his third appearance gets a meaty role, but cannot do full justice to it, as his body language is modeled on Vijay and has a squeaky voice.
The beginning is the most exciting part of the film, when Pooja (Lakshmi Rai) a model emerges out of the blue ocean dripping wet in a skimpy swim suit, a la Bo Derek in 10 style. The ad director uses a remote controlled toy helicopter fitted with a mini camera to get top angle shots for the ad. However the toy chopper spins out of control and lands on top of a tree.
Later at the editing table, the ad director Vinod and Pooja are shocked to find that the camera has filmed a murder of a top politician (Delhi Ganesh) by his rival (Sampath). Vinod informs Joint Commissioner Kailasam (Thalaivasal Vijay), who is hand in glove with the criminals!
Vinod is murdered by goons of Sampath who is now a minister and the tape is accidently put into the bag of Divya (Priya Anand) by Anand (Jai) a struggling actor who is staying with his friend Chandru (Santhanam) a television camera man.
From then the film changes tracks and follows the pattern set by typical Kollywood potboilers. Anand falls for Divya, whose mother (Urvasi) is a good cook and has a hilarious meeting with Chandru as he tries to can a 'Samayal' programme with her providing comedy!
Romance and music are provided by Anand and Divya who dance to Yuvan's melodious hit number Edho Seigai.., followed by Lakshmi Rai, Jai and Rahman doing a club number. Sentiments come in the form of Anand the nice guy being framed up for the murder of Pooja which he has not committed.
The main villain is John (Rahman) a cold blooded assassin who uses Anand and takes him along when he breaks into other peoples flats (Similar scene was enacted by Charmee in Laadam). Climax fight when Anand turns into a one-man army on top of a tall building which is under construction with scaffolding is thrilling.
What could have been an edge-of-the-seat crime thriller falls flat in the second half due to lack of a proper script and far too many compromises made by the director? In the beginning credits, the makers thank 'Ultimate Star' Ajith, for what is left unexplained till the end.
The plus points are Aravind Krishna's minty cool camera, the comedy track of Santhanam and Urvasi which is a scream and two of the songs of Yuvan. New girl Priya Anand lacks glamour but is promising while Jai should stop aping Vijay and improve on his voice modulation.
The film has been etched from various Hollywood and Bollywood films; nevertheless it is fun especially the first half while it lasts.
Verdict- Time Pass
source - sify.com
The songs are really good by Yuvan..esp the devathai song About the movie...its Jai next movie after the blockbuster Subramanipuram..so lets see whether is another hit or flop nu
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Meli thanks for the review..
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