Raaman Abdullah

Starring Sivakumar, Vignesh, Karan, Aswini, Eswari Rao, Charlie, etc.
Credits Music : Illayaraaja

Dialogues : Ponnusamy Nagulan

Produced By : Kovai Murugesan

Story,Cinematography, Screenplay, Direction : Balu Mahendraa

Reviewed By Namma Ooru Velan

INTRO: The much awaited Balu Mahendra movie is here! Balu has given many good movies such as Moodram Pirai and Moodu Pani. His excellent cinematography is evident and are trademarks in all his movies. So with plenty of expectations and enthusiasm, I sat down to watch this movie. Did it meet the mark? Not quite. Read on for my findings.

SYNOPSIS: Raman (Vignesh), a poor teacher, is thrown out of his job. His best friend, Abdullah (Karan) is offered a teaching job in Ooty although he has set his mind on going to Dubai. Facing fierce opposition from his father, Abdullah comes up with a plan. He trades places with Raman, who now goes to Ooty as Abdullah. There he meets Hajiyaar (Sivakumar) and his daughter Aishah (Aswini). He boards with Anuar (Charlie) and begins his career. Later on he discovers love with the Hindu pannayar's daughter Eswari Rao. The rest of the story relates the problems faced by Raman and the complications that begins when Abdullah joins him in Ooty.

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(still from Movie - Ananda Vikatan)

EVALUATION: Having started out quite interestingly, Balu just didn't manage to keep up with the tempo, and just plots along. I realised this when typing out the sypnosis of the movie - there is nothing significant to tell! Raman Abdullah ends up as a movie among the hundreds of masalas Madras churns out every year. There is the usual dosage of love songs, fight sequences good-hero, best-friend, nasty-villain trio, and the grand finale - when after a huge fight, everything is sorted out. Come to think of it, it's not even a good masala (as compared to say, Sakala Kala Vallavan) as the story-telling is tedious and the movie, slow-moving. Definitely not one of Balu's better movies.

MUSIC: Ilayaraaja's music is the high point of the movie and saves it from utter disgrace. The Ilayaraaja of the 80's can be seen in this movie with good numbers such as Muthamizhey, muthamizhey (SPB & Chitra), Sembarathi pennoruthi (SPB & Chitra) and Yen veetu jannal (Arun Mozhi & Bavatharani). The title song, usually sung by IR himself in most movies, is however sung by religious singer, EM Haniffa. This song, Un mathama, is also quite catchy.

CONCLUSION: See this movie without high expectations and you will probably not be disappointed. One of the few recent movies that can be watched with the family.