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Swayamvaram
Cast Music Director
Satyaraj, Prabhu, Abbas, Suvalakshmi, Ramba, Roja, Kasturi, Maheswari and Preeta Vijaya Kumar, Kushboo, Aishwarya, Heera, Karthik, Prabhu Deva, Pandyarajan, Vineeth,Vijay Kumar, Manjula. Deva, Vidyasagar,
S.A.Rajkumar and Sirpi.
P. Vasu, K. S. Ravikumar, Sundar C., Selva, Kayar, E. Ramdass, K. Subash, J. Panneer, Guru Dhanapal, Siraaj, R. Sunderrajan, A. R. Ramesh, Arjun, Liaqath Ali Khan and M. S. Madhu.

                                                                                                     
Sometimes too  many cooks can also prepare a tasty broth, disproving the adage and L. S. Movies ``Swayamvaram'', starring 14 leading actors and 12 actresses, directed by 15 well-known personalities and with music contributed by four popular music directors, is not only a fairly humorous entertainer but an example of how the artistes and technicians of Tamil filmdom can co-operate wholeheartedly, put their heart and soul, complete a movie in just 24 hours and earn a place in the Guinness Book of Records. It is an achievement no doubt, for producer Giridharilal L. Nagpal, his son Vinay (he also plays a brief role), the chief co-ordinator, and Ramkishan L. Nagpal, the chief supervisor. The movie was shot in different studios in Chennai on the same day.

Rich man Vijaya Kumar and his wife Manjula find that their large brood of sons and daughters (Satyaraj, Prabhu, Abbas, Suvalakshmi, Ramba, Roja, Kasturi, Maheswari and Preeta Vijaya Kumar), all of marriageable age, are not inclined to the idea of marriage as each of their love affair has a ticklish problem. Satyaraj loves Kushbu, a girl belonging to a nomad tribe; Prabhu picks Aishwarya, the toilet cleaner and the roving eyes of Abbas does not allow him to be fully committed to Heera.

The girls' affairs are no better: wheel-chair wedded, educated Suvalakshmi knows pretty well that the money offered by her father is the bait for one choosing her; Rambha finds a suitor by ``accident'' in the ``scatter brained doctor Karthik - he wrongly lands at the ``bride selecting contest'' arranged by the rich man the incentives being Rs. one crore for each groom selected plus/property perks; Roja is madly in love with Prabhu Deva, the slum dweller-cum-petty offender with quick money making ideas - when his sweetheart gives him a copy of the questions to be asked at the interview, he quietly makes xerox copies of it and sells it at a handsome price to those waiting in the long queue! Kasturi ``blackmails'' Pandiarajan, a horse tender at the Guindy race course, to take part in the contest; Maheswari has a ``dreaming lover'' in Vineeth, who tries to offer ``bribe to the selectors (Senthil and Jankaraj) and gets thrown out though Senthil is ready to approve of him because of the money; and Preetha is attracted towards Livingston.

The two other judges for the selection process are Bhagyaraj and Oorvasi, both at loggerheads at the start because of past meetings, a mild current of hot air blowing when they interview the candidates. This session, at times, is stretched too much but is compensated by verbal sallies, mild innuendos and ``deals'' to settle the contestants, the judges, too, in the end agreeing to unite and forget the early ruptures.

Mansur Ali Khan, the jail bird who has escaped and his cohort Vichitra, make a vain attempt to kidnap the brides demanding a huge extortion money and threatening to bomb the wedding hall, but police official Arjun thwarts their effort with some fights.

There are two other ``pairless'' heroes in Parthipan, the well- wisher of the family and Napoleon, the doctor who works out a big drama to make the lovers decide about their wedding.

All the artistes and technicians have completed their part with a measure of involvement and the directors are: P. Vasu, K. S. Ravikumar, Sundar C., Selva, Kayar, E. Ramdass, K. Subash, J. Panneer, Guru Dhanapal, Siraaj, R. Sunderrajan, A. R. Ramesh, Arjun, Liaqath Ali Khan and M. S. Madhu. The director(s) who made the Satyaraj-Hanifa segment could have avoided showing a temple premises as being the place for illicit distillation of liquor.

The music directors are: Deva, Vidyasagar, S. A. Rajkumar and Sirpi. The Prabhu Deva-Roja dance for the song ``Siva Siva Sankara'' (Vidyasagar, with lyrics by Ilakkiyan and sung by Prabhu Deva) is one of the highlights.

 

 

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