Amar, Akbar and Anthony are 'bros' from a typical lower middle-class colony in Kochi, who dream of visiting Pattaya in Thailand. The money they try to save for it, however, often gets spent for other necessities. Running parallel to their story is the growing rate of child abuse in the state and crime rate among migrant labourers, which crisscross their lives at some points.
Stepping into the league of M-Town directors with
Amar Akbar Anthony
, entertainer Nadirshah offers laughter in abundance, propagates a few relevant messages and handles some important social issues in his debut flick. Without doubt, the movie is one of the best-constructed comedies of recent times, striking a fine balance between humour, emotions and action.
Often tagged 'useless' by their dear and near, buddies Amar, Akbar and Anthony harbour a dream to visit Thailand. Every time they manage to save money for it, situations compel them to spend it all on some other need and their dream destination gets distant. Meanwhile, little girls go missing from their neighbourhood at regular intervals, and before long they too are drawn into the issue.
At the outset, Amar Akbar Anthony has some refreshing comedy executed with panache and a sensible plot, which comes as a welcome relief. Evidently, the makers have dwelled on the subject long enough to ensure that it is strengthened with their USP - humour. The drama is perfectly balanced with the rib-tickling sequences and for those looking for some emotions, there is enough to turn you moist-eyed too.
Characterization is strong and effective, and each role has some good lines delivered with relish. Indrajith outperforms his co-stars with impeccable comic timing, but the camaraderie between the three lead actors is what makes you relate to the film best.
All three characters take up equal screen-space, with none overshadowing the other. Also commendable is Nadirshah's ability to sprinkle humour even in unlikely situations - for instance, when Amar and Anthony set out to avenge someone who manhandled Akbar. The film's pace does drop at times, like in the colony celebration sequence, but not without logic.
There are minor aberrations, such as stereotyping of the migrant labourer community. Prithviraj has improved his comic timings compared to his previous attempts. The lead trio easily grabbing hold of the villains and getting police support for the same seem a tad far-fetched, but what the movie shows is how anyone would want it to happen in real life.
Amar Akbar Anthony is a good debut for Nadirshah and it has enough potential to entertain you more than once.