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Movie review - Citizen - by Gudipoodi Srihari
(Gripping suspense flick)

Reviewer: Gudipoodi Srihari
Cast: Ajith, Nagma & Vasundhara das
Story, screenplay and direction: Saravanan Subbaiah

Theatrical Release Date: 28th December 2001

Gudipoodi Srihari Review

The theme is novel and the picturization is equally interesting. It banks more on visuals, and maintains suspense till the flashback in the end reveals all. Ajit plays a mysterious role named 'Citizen'.

Supposed to be based on a real-life incident, the subject focuses on a particular village in Tamil Nadu, named 'Athipatti' near Kumbhakonam.

The village, an abode to fishermen, is erased from the map of the revenue administration. The person from the village is the hero whose mission is to capture the villains.

The film makes the best use of make-up technique, like in Bharateeyudu, which depicted Kamal Hassan roles. The same make-up artist is employed in the film to resent Ajith in unrecognizable forms. Citizen's original name is Abdullah.

He grows up in the protective care of his father (also played by Ajith) and mother (Meena).

As a child he witnesses the massacre of the people from his villagers by a politician, a police officer and a contractor. He re-christens himself as 'Citizen' and begins his hunt for the villains.

By then, the policeman becomes a DGP and the politician becomes a minister. Citizen kidnaps all these people one by one assuming different names and shapes.

A CBI officer (Nagma) is appointed to find out who the citizen is. She travels wide and far in search of him and finally corners him.

The case goes to court where Abdullah exposes the criminal nexus. The last scene also depicts the young man getting united with his girlfriend (Vasundhara Das).

A well-made film, thanks to director Subbaih, its Tamil original was a big hit. The Telugu dubbing is equally interesting, supported by good dialogues. Ajith plays the role of 'Citizen' well. How this character escapes the notice of the intelligence officials sustains viewers' interest for long.

The next important role is that of Nagma as CBI officer. After a long time, the Telugu audiences got to see her. Music is pop with western mix. Vasundhara is passable in the film.

courtesy: The Hindu

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