Starring: Ajith, Arya, Nayanthara, Taapsee, Rana and many more
Editing: Sreekar Prasad
Cinematography: Om Prakash
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Directed by : Vishnuvardhan
‘Thala is back’.. Thats what the people were saying after seeing the teaser of the film. What makes us to go to the film initially is the joint colloboration success of Vishnu-Ajith-Yuvan combo. Added to this is Suba, the best pair in making the screenplay of the film. But have they all created another blockbuster. I will say, unfortunately, the combo fails to create their old magic..!!
The movie opens up with Mumbai witnessing a series of bomb explosions. AK alias Ashok Kumar (Ajith) is the man behind it. Soon he kidnaps Arya, a hacker, and Anitha (Taapsee Pannu), who is the girlfriend of Arya and an aspiring TV journalist and includes them in his larger plan. A flashback is revealed, where we are told about Maya (Nayantara) and her brother Rana who is a colleague of Ajith in Anti Terrorism Squad. The base of the story is a bullet proof jacket scam.
The gripping first-half breezes past, but the second half slips into familiar Tamil cinema terrain and is not as racy as one expects it to be. Though there are some boat chases and top action sequences (shot in Dubai), it fails to keep the audience enthused. The build-up to the climax is interesting in parts, but the film ends with a whimper.Alas, the film degenerates into an ordinary revenge drama, with the mandatory corrupt politician, crooked police officer and cliché-ridden flashback.Film is not crisp and it is one of the drawbacks of the flick. In the second half, the story becomes predictable to some extent after the motive behind Ashok Kumar’s revenge is revealed. Mahesh Manjrekar and Atul Kulkarni have played the role of baddies in Aarambam, while Kishore is seen in the role of a honest cop.
Om Prakash is outstanding behind the camera. He has stylishly shot Aarambam, and Ajith’s fans wouldn’t have got better visuals than this flick. Sreekar Prasad’s scissors are not sharp as Aarambam is not up to the mark. There are some dragging and unwanted scenes, if removed, the movie would have had a better outlook.Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music has too been a big let-down with none of the songs making a much expected impact like of his previous outings with Ajith. Vishnuvardhan known for his creativity in story and visuals have not created deeper impact this time that too after joining hands with the slick screenplay creators Suba. Should wait for his next film to know when he comes back to form.
Aarambam is far from perfect, but it works mostly because of Ajith’s mannerisms though it doesn’t come anywhere near Mankatha or Billa. If you are in mood to watch a Tamil film this Diwali, you can try it out. A perfect film for all the Ajith fanatics but strictly a one-time watch for other movie goers.
- ‘Arrambam’ review: This Tamil film works solely on Ajith’s charisma (ibnlive.in.com)