Vijay (Kamal Hassan) is a military major. He has a girl friend
Tejaswini (Raveena Tandon), whom he impregnates prior to the
marriage. Vijay has a twin brother, Abhay (Kamal Hassan).
Abhay is a psychopath, who was jailed for killing his stepmother
when he was a kid. Abhay feels that Tejaswini ruins the life
of Vijay. Abhay's aim is to save Vijay from Tejaswini by killing
escapes from the jail and is on hunt for Tejaswini. The entire
film revolves around how Vijay saves Tejaswini from Abhay.
has done extraordinary job as the maverick psychopath Abhay.
His scary expressions are simply superb. His role of Major
Vijay is a dummy one. He is the saving grace of the film.
Raveena Tandon's role is an ordinary one. Mani Koirala donned
a role of Diva that lasts for 20 minutes in the film. Kitu
Gidwani played the role of Kamal's step mom, who comes in
the flashback. She is sexy and brilliant even at this age.
Anu Hassan (a BITS alumni, who played the lead role in Suhasini
directed 'Indira') played the role of Kamal's mother. Milind
Gunaji played the hapless father of Kamal Hassan.
- Screenplay: This film is based on a Kamal Hassan's novel
'Dayam', which was written 17 years back. He modified the
two lead characters and made them twins in this film. Screenplay
is shabby and needs a lot to be desired. The story aims to
throw light in to the human aspect of a psychopath and illustrates
how psychopaths are made.
The direction of the film in slick in parts. But, on a whole,
it's a lazy effort. The movie goes on dragging. The good part
of the film is of half-an-hour duration. The remaining two
hours go on boring the viewers. Most of the scenes in this
film are very unrealistic. Some of the scenes like Abhay consuming
the 'ecstasy' and then going into the illusion world of cartoons
and kill the Diva are good. But they are beyond comprehension
of the regular Telugu moviegoer. The director has also offered
a shock value to the audience in the scenes of portraying
the ruthless insanity of the psychopath Abhay.
Music of the film is inane and has nothing to offer. Songs
are of poor quality. Dubbing of the film is done in a bad
manner. Rerecording is also not up to the mark.
Most of the film is shot using filters and deliberate-inadequate
light effects. The time-freeze effects in the Kamal - Manisha
drug abuse episode and the final confrontation between two
Kamals are very good.
The film is brilliant in a few scenes. But these scenes too
are so quickly executed that it's difficult for a common man
to understand. The remaining scenes are routine and predictable.
If you are a Kamal's fan, you can't afford to miss the Abhay's
role in this film. Others can avoid it.