Story, Direction, Screenplay: Ameer
Produced by J. Anbazhagan
Star Cast: Jayam Ravi as Aadhi Shanmugam, Neetu Chandra as Karishma, Sudha Chandran, Saiju Kurup, Karuna, Babu Antony, Ameer, Sakshi Shivanand
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: K. Devaraj
Editing: S. P. Ahmed
Studio: Anbu Pictures
Release date: February 22, 2013
Jayam Ravi and Neetu Chandra play the lead roles in the film, which is being produced by DMK politician J. Anbazhagan and features music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, cinematography by RB Gurudev and K. Devaraj and editing by Ram Sudharsan. It is the second film in Asia to make use of Auro 3D audio technology.
Aadhi Bhagawan marks the fifth association of the Ameer – Yuvan combo and this flick has been branded as a Mafioso Love story.
Jayam Ravi sports stylish beards and a rugged look in general while Neetu Chandra is his pair. The audio of this movie was launched recently in Toronto, Canada in a grand Yuvan concert.
The love story slowly grows in the first half and we get to know Jayam Ravi’s character a bit more in depth; things like how he has had a recent fall out with his boss Baby Antony and how his mother Sudha Chandran is not in agreement with his job and hence has banished him from her home. Meanwhile, he proposes to Neetu Chnadra and the latter wants him to go to India to meet with her father. All is not what it seems; Ravi realizes he is being hunted down in India for a lookalike (who is also a eunuch) because bad people who are against the eunuch wants to use him to get even with their enemies.
One of the main grouses you will have after (or while) watching the movie is that despite such convoluted drama and numerous events, the movie fails to capture your fancy. Ridden with plot holes as huge as a truck to drive through it, the movie does not have a moment of logic in it. Hence, you do not tend to enjoy what is happening on screen.
That is sad because Jayam Ravi’s stunt scenes are extremely good. The stunt choreography stands out but that is all there is to it unfortunately.
Jayam Ravi has toiled hard for the movie and it is evident scene after scene. He makes his character somewhat credible despite its sketchy writing. He plays a eunuch in the second half that only looks contrived than anything else. This movie will be an addition to his profile to showcase his multi-faceted acting skills but that’s largely in vain because of the film’s overall performance. Neetu Chandra as Karishma is good looking but her crouching-tiger-hidden-dragonesque stunt sequences with Jayam Ravi are nothing more than comic relief. Suffice to say, the other actors in the movie, Sudha Chandran and Babu Antony have done their jobs adequately.
Cinematography is good and all the songs are well-shot in the beautiful locations. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score is appealing. Dialogues are fine. Ameer’s direction is very good. While there are few loopholes in the first half, the screenplay by Ameer covered it with decent pace in the second half. Editing work by S.P.Ahmed could have been better. Production values are standard.
Ameer in Aadhi Bhagavan is an action entertainer but the story line is new to Kollywood. The script had few clichés in the first half while the execution is outstanding.
Director Ameer’s hard work can be seen clearly on screen and he has done more than decent job. Jayam Ravi’s character initially was designed well and it justifies the title as the protagonist loves taking risks, challenges with loads of bravery.
First half though having some slow pace, the interval block of the movie is really appealing. Second half of the movie is really well executed and Jayam Ravi steals the entire show with his performance. The climax is abrupt and extremely predictable.
Jayam Ravi yet again does an energetic role in the movie. His hard work for 2 years can be seen on screen. Jayam Ravi completely changed his physique for this movie he looked dashing throughout the movie.
Neetu Chandra is quite glamorous as well as with some rough look in the film and she has done her role well as Karishma. Her chemistry with Jayam Ravi worked well.
Ameer and Sudha Chandran have done justice to their roles, Sakshi Sivanand is impressive in special appearance and others were adequate.
The album sounds rich and has wide-ranging songs. This turns out to be another winner for the Ameer – Yuvan duo. The racy songs gel with the gangster genre of the movie while there are ample melodies as well to back the romance portions.