Sep 07 2017

Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan

Published by at 10:40 pm under Review,Tamil Cinema


With films like Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya and Vaanam a few years ago, Simbhu seemed to have made a positive change in his career with some meaningful films mixed in with the usual fan-targeted, mass masala films(like Osthi). Our hopes were dashed a teeny bit with each new film he acted in but with his latest film Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan, those meaningful films are now little more than a distant memory.

Director Adhik Ravichandran must be a really big fan of Simbhu or have an inflated idea about the size of the actor’s fan base. Almost every scene of Simbhu in the film is fashioned like a hero intro scene with slo-mo shots and people extolling his virtues before he makes an appearance. It doesn’t matter if he is simply sitting at a tea stall waiting to talk with his lover, walking away after talking to his boss or walking into a house to help his friend. His appearance is always accompanied by loud music and slo-mo shots.

For his part, Simbhu himself looks like he really enjoys all the attention. He sings songs praising his fans, swishes his fingers, refers to his old – and upcoming – movies, makes comments about his personal life, spouts philosophies and periodically utters the punch word Sirappu, an obvious rip-off of Kabali‘s Magizchi. It doesn’t take long for this hero worship to become intolerable.

After a small, amateurish segment in Dubai that sees an agent Ruby(Kasturi) take down a drug mafia boss, the story moves to 80s Madurai, where Michael(Simbhu) is a feared gangster working for Senthamarai. The 80s setting with the associated getups(unruly hair, beards, patterned shirts  and flared pants) remind us of Subramaniapuram but that’s where the comparison ends. AAA gives us a moronic romance which sees Michael, who is in love with Selvi(Shriya), locks lips with her dad(Y.G.Mahendran) more than with her(since the dad keeps getting electrocuted and has to to be revived with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation). The segment is little more than bad jokes(a given considering Simbhu’s friend is played by VTV Ganesh) interspersed with spiels about friendship.

In the second half, the film fast forwards to 2017 with Michael now transformed into a grayed but otherwise completely youthful Ashwin thatha. We are told that this transformation happened in Dubai where he became a dreaded don but there is not a single moment spent on how this happened. Its like this big hole in the story that was left out either because the director couldn’t come up with a plausible scenario(unlikely since that didn’t stop him from making the rest of the movie), they didn’t have the budget to shoot in Dubai or they just didn’t care. My money is on the third choice.

There is no hint of Ashwin’s gangster past after that either and the film once again follows the romantic route. This time Ashwin falls for Ramya(Tamannah), who works at an old age home. The film continues with the cheap comedy as Ashwin tries to impress Ramya and one of the old women(played, predictably, by Kovai Sarala) make the moves on him. A final twist leads to many things – a chance for Simbhu to play a different character, an opportunity for him to indulge in some villainy and a cameo by G.V.Prakash(the hero of Adhik’s previous film Trisha Illana Nayanthara). But the scariest consequence ends up being the promise of a sequel.

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan”

  1. Prakash Rao says:

    SMH …

    I guess there is one upside to such an atrocious movie. Your review is hilarious. Nalla rasichu thittara madhiri irukku? :)

    Indha kandravikku oru sequel veraiya?! Think the movie bombed, so you are saved.

  2. Vijayan says:

    When movies like VIP had sequel, why not AAA? Well, at least AAA2 has dots to be filled which could explain how Michael became Don (Ashwin Thatha) & sort of the move he’ll do for revenge

    You gotta review STR’s performance Balaji. Like dude was once thought to be child prodigy as Kamal Hassan. Both came into cinema as kids (5-6 years old maybe) & multi-talented (act/sing/directing/scripting) & insane popularity among college students (boys & girls alike).

    In AAA, one wonders why he’s wasting his time in cinema? Dude’s under the illusion he’s seen it all (like 50y/o Thatha) & gives the impression of being holy/saint. Dude!!!

    Dude really has to take his job seriously.

  3. Anon says:

    Yes, quite the funny review! Simbu looks so like his father now… At first glance was I was very afraid the father is having a resurrection of sorts!

  4. Jordan says:

    Yuck, this was the movie Simbu delayed shooting and release of AYM for?! Now I understand poor GVM’s pain. Looks like he wanted to emulate Thalaivar’s Kabali look, but ended up looking wasted.

  5. Harish says:

    Watched this crap too, finger constantly on the FF button. Everything about it tended anywhere from underwhelming to crass to plain ridiculous. Not worthy of a review but thanks for reiterating my thoughts on this movie!

  6. Ramesh 1 says:

    So…a birdie tells me he is Mani Ratnam’s next hero. Yikes!

  7. Vijayan says:

    Found this somewhere in twitter. Expired hero in expired directors film. Ahhhsomeee ~ (in Vedalam Soori’s voice)

  8. Prakash Rao says:

    @Karthik, ROFLMAO. Amazing video.

    But we need to admire his candid confession that he only had a very small number of fans! If I had to guess, I’d say that count is exactly three – TR, Usha and STR himself!!

  9. Balaji says:

    Prakash, yeah I don’t think either Simbhu or Adhik will be up for a sequel now :)

    Vijayan, yes this is a movie where there is legitimately enough material for a sequel but it is how AAA was put together that makes the idea of a sequel worrisome. It was crass, silly and amateurish and a sequel will undoubtedly be more of the same.

    I don’t think Simbu was ever considered by a child prodigy since he was pushed by his dad the same way Vijay was. But as I said there was a time around VTV and Vaanam when he seemed to be making a change but he has gotten back to his old ways.

    Anon, the added weight and hair made him look like a young TR in many scenes.

    Ramesh, yes I read the news too. Quite a surprise.

    Karthik, that was a strange video. Never got what he was trying to say about the film. Almost like he had decided it was going to be a flop.

  10. Reza says: