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Aata Aarambam

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31 Oct, 2013 2 hrs 32 mins U
Ajith Kumar, Arya, Nayanthara, Tapasee, Kishore, Rana Daggubati, Atul Kulkarni, Suman Ranganath, Mahesh Manjrekar
Ajith Kumar, Arya, Nayanthara, Tapasee, Kishore, Rana Daggubati, Atul Kulkarni, Suman Ranganath, Mahesh Manjrekar
Vishnuvardhan
Synopsis
Arrambam is a very familiar tale of corruption, betrayal and revenge, served up with a dash of style.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Synopsis: Ashok is carrying out dastardly acts in Mumbai — placing bombs, hacking into TV networks, and the like. What does he want, what is his past and will he be able to achieve his objective before the cops lay their hands on him?

Review: Ashok is carrying out dastardly acts in Mumbai — placing bombs, hacking into TV networks, and the like. What does he want, what is his past and will he be able to achieve his objective before the cops lay their hands on him?

Arrambam is a very familiar tale of corruption, betrayal and revenge, served up with a dash of style. It is also a pastiche of many other films that we have seen with these themes — a cop who wants to avenge his dead friend, a happy-go-lucky guy turning responsible, a greedy minister who sacrifices the safety of country for money, a top cop who is the minister's cohort, and a straight arrow cop who is after the hero. Ironically, the film it closely resembles, on a conceptual level, is Vijayakanth's Narasimha . As in that film, the lead character here commits dastardly acts that we have only seen a villain do in our films — he carries out multiple bomb blasts, threatens to press a steaming iron on a baby and shoots its father in cold blood. And, as in that film, he is captured by cops just around the half way mark, and when you learn the reasons behind his actions, you empathize with him and voila, he is a hero! The difference is that while the former is a one-of-a-kind film that is unintentionally funny from start to finish (with cult lines like "enna thotta currentukke shock adikum"), this one is commercial cinema done just about right.

The film opens with a mysterious man placing bombs in three malls in Mumbai. Later, we learn that this is Ashok (Ajith, in Billa mode with slo-mo walks and sunglasses), who, after successfully carrying out the bomb blasts, forces Arjun, a hacker, to bring down a television network, by holding his lover Anita (Taapsee, who plays a frivolous journalist) as a hostage. The state's home minister Mahadev Rane (Mahesh Manjrekar in his first Tamil film role) and a top cop, JCP Milan (a rather meek Atul Kulkarni), are keen on capturing him as soon as possible, and entrust the task to the sincere anti-terrorism officer Prakash (Kishore). Meanwhile, Arjun manages to inform Prakash of Ashok's whereabouts and he is captured. But when he learns about Ashok's past, Arjun decides to team up with him and bring the real villains to justice.

Vishnuvardhan has taken a leaf out of a real-life incident (the bullet-proof vest scam) and with the help of his co-writers SuBa, has spun an action thriller that, for the most parts, keeps moving at a fast clip. There is a sense of urgency in the visuals even when the events on screen are less interesting, and the cinematographer, Om Prakash, keeps the frames stylish, at times, just for the sake of it. Though every one of the characters is one dimensional, some of the scenes, like the Dubai sequence and flashback portions are shot well, and the lines have zing, like the terrific take on fingerprint scanners — Evlothaan technology develop aanaalum, kadaisila kainaatu thane! But the overlong climax is a downer. It should have been a tense Mexican standoff but what we get is a rather amateurish shootout that is extended with a redundant coda.

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