Disclaimer: If you find the review incorrigible, blame it on the director.
When Gautam Vasudev Menon talked about the movie, he said it was a dual genre movie, and it’s an experiment. If you consider, every so-called action movie is a dual genre movie (especially if you see any Vishal’s movie or Hari’s movie) and we call it masala.
I expected Gautam not to take that route and he did in the most horrible way he could. It’s not something that he shouldn’t do. At the end of the day, it should be entertaining. Acham Enbathu Madamayada (AYM) isn’t. AYM did have a good start. I don’t know how this happened, but Yennai Arindhaal and AYM have shown that Gautam has moved on from the young, restless, stalking hero stereotype he had. He makes a passing reference to Mouna Ragam Karthik although it should have been Minnale Rajesh to be honest. The relationship between the two leads in #AYM has been portrayed brilliantly. The admiration between them grows through conversations, meetings and a road trip that they take. It’s gradual, sweet and above all, real (which is a rarity in Tamil cinema).
I couldn’t fathom the absurdity that was unfolding in front of my eyes. When the climax came up, the stupidity was as unbelievable as Trump’s presidency.
The movie takes an abrupt turn in the second half when they meet with an accident, and it goes downhill like a fallen angel. Probably, Gautam was bored and outsourced the movie to Hari. For a moment, I thought he was making a spoof, but he wasn’t. What’s the difference between this movie and a movie like Malaikottai. Just because it is technically sound peppered by a lush score of AR Rahman, the movie isn’t any better. I couldn’t fathom the absurdity that was unfolding in front of my eyes. When the climax came up, the stupidity was as unbelievable as Trump’s presidency.
AYM could have been a beautiful love story on the road. A genre that Tamil cinema has failed miserably over the years. A perfect antidote to all the mistakes that Gautam made in his movies like Minnale and VTV. Gautam was in his elements in the first half. Avalum Naanum and Raasali was brilliantly picturised. Beyond that, he chose to cook something that is neither masala nor a good action thriller.
When Gautam made Nadunisi Naaygal, I thought he had hit rock bottom. But with AYM, he has fallen further and touched the earth’s core. I just hope he redeems himself.
I go with 1.5/5 for the movie just for the first half. Walk out of the theatres after that and save yourself from the misery. Maybe, buy a popcorn if you are in Sathyam or Jazz.
P.S: 1. Simbu’s name in the movie was just another gimmick.