AYM is about two people in love and the resulting events with a road trip as the backdrop in the first half. And also about how that fun, romantic ride turns into a serious situation for both. Are they ready for it and how they overcome the crisis or do they?
The promos made you aware that you are not going to a get another VTV from the magical trio (GVM/ARR/STR) as it looked a little action packed. But even VTV fans will have something to cherish as the first half of the film gives you a windy romance.
AYM is so smartly set at the beginning. Surprisingly GVM has attempted to make a film that appeals to all center audience, unlike his previous works. He has come out of his comfort zone and has tried to give a commercial appeal to his film.
You generally don’t see cars flying in a GVM film; you don’t see superstar moments where the hero just keeps walking for a massy BGM. But you find all those in this film and one feels that is not where GVM’s strength lies and those scenes could have been made better.
Looks like GVM was in a slight dilemma whether to go full-on mass or to retain his classy image. You find that feel towards the end. However, he has not overdone anything but AYM is more commercial than any of his previous works.
GVM’s intention appears to be like giving a clean love story and some vigorous action. The movie manages to shift sensitively from breezy love moments to intense action mode just around the interval mark. As usual, he scores high on romance part where the commercial intense action portions look a tag draggy.
Even though the film is short and runs just for 2 hours and a quarter, you get a feel that you’re watching a 3-hour film. That is the biggest drawback of AYM even though you hardly find anything to complain.
The best part of AYM is that it has been packed with moments for both the performer and the mass image of Simbu. He sweeps you off your feet with his performance. AYM is another addition to his repertoire.
We are told that most scenes that Simbu is involved were shot in a single take but it looks so meticulously shot. That’s where you realize how seasoned actor Simbu is. We hope he gives us more such endearing performances in the future.
Manjima has a well-written character and she fits the bill. Her chemistry with Simbu is good and you see their intimacy level growing in due course of their bike trip which is beautifully portrayed.
GVM has the option to cut down on the emotions and make the product more edgy, but prefers just to make the whole story a little more real in the middle of all the gun firing (You get to see a lot of them).
Dialogues are one of the strong points in the film. Songs which are already chartbusters have been pictured well and are a feast for the eyes and the ears. All the 5 songs are placed in the first half in a span of 1 hour. But you don’t get bored as Dan’s visuals arrest your eyes.
Thalli Pogathey looks force fitted but the latter half of the song explains why it is placed at that point. Some of the scenes shown in Idhu Naal look to have been shot long back and Simbu looks totally different and slim.
This is a spoilsport in the continuity and also in Thalli Pogathey Simbu looks more beefed up as it was shot late. There is another surprise element in Showkali as the theatrical version has Simbu’s voice instead of ADK.
Verdict: AYM is GVM’s attempt to give a well-balanced love action drama but it gets commercialized towards pre-climax. Had that also been dealt in GVM style, we might have had an even better product.