Athu Oru Kana Kalam

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Critic's Rating: 17/5

Wednesday 2 November 2005

Movie Title

Athu Oru Kana Kalam


Balu Mahendra

Star Cast

Dhanush, Priya Mani

Has Balu Mahendra the noted cinematographer and director run out of ideas? Yes, seems to be the answer as his long-in-the-making Athu Oru Kana Kalam is nothing but a rehash of his own 1985 Mammootty-Sobhana classic Yatra from Malayalam! The story, presentation, locations, song picturisation and the climax are all an extension of what we have seen in earlier Balu films.

The story unfolds as Sreenivasan (Dhanush), a convict who escapes from jail tells his tragic love story to a lorry driver who promises to take him to Ooty where he wants to meet Thulasi (Priya Mani).

Flashback- Sreenivasan alias Cheenu is an unemployed youth who is always at loggerheads with his disciplinarian father (Delhi Ganesh). While the parents are out-of-station for a couple of days Thulasi, daughter of the maid (Kalairani) comes for work!! Cheenu?s life turns colourful as he falls in love with her (in one song sequence) and predictably, his dad opposes his son?s relationship with a servant?s daughter.

To forget his worries, Cheenu has a beer with friends but ends up in jail. That night, he accidentally kills a guy in the cell which gets him a 10 year imprisonment!! In jail, he is tormented by officers and brutally beaten up (a straight lift of Sylvester Stallone?s Rambo) and now he is a runaway, with police close on his heels!

Balu seems to have lost his magic touch. The director who has given some memorable films like Veedu, Kokila, Moondram Pirai among others just failed to deliver this time as it is a lifeless love story in the first half that turns into a morbid drama moving at snail pace in the second half with a contrived end.

A fragile looking Dhanush looks bewildered and lost throughout while Priya Mani has tried her best to do justice to her character. And what was the need of that sexy item number of Tejasree? The songs tuned by Ilayaraja falls flat. All in all, a disappointing venture from a prominent member of the earlier off-beat brigade of film makers.

Verdict: Disappointing

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