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Aadavari Maatalaku Ardhaale Verule… May 16, 2007

Posted by Shujath in Movies, Reviews, Telugu.
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Blending diverse genres into a single movie is not an easy job…more so when the genres we are talking about are Selvaraghavan’s unflinching realism (the depressing kind) with your regular blockbuster feel good entertainer (the Venkatesh kind). In the end, AMAV has ample moments of brilliance but there is no denying that the end product is visibly incoherent. Yet, this one has the required amount of the “regular blockbuster feel good” stuff so no wonder it is turning out to be such a huge money spinner.

No prizes for guessing that Selvaraghavan’s protagonist is a born loser….only in this case he isn’t below average in the looks department. Interestingly, quite a few of Venky’s recent films have had him play similar roles so he is totally at home with this one too. Ganesh (Venkatesh) is searching for a job for 10 years! as a result of which he and his father (Kota Srinivasa Rao) aren’t on good terms. One day spots Keerthi (Trisha) and falls for her. She happens to work in a software firm and so Ganesh prepares for a job exam/interview with that firm. He actually devours 3 fat books in a single night (wonder why he didn’t get that idea for 10 years) and emerges triumphant the next day (with some help from a sympathetic Keerthi). Now, in the office his overt moves to impress her don’t seem to work….some miracle needs to happen and it indeed does. One the second day of his office Ganesh accidentally “crashes” all the computers in his firm and when Keerthi is reprimanded for not training him well, he spends one more night devouring one more fat book and pumping code in to his computer and by the next morning zip! all the systems are back in place. The scene shifts for a while to Australia and therein arrives the mega “inspiration” from DDLJ.

From the plot perspective, this is where the originality ends. The most glaring flaw in the movie is the way the interaction between Ganesh and Keerthi is played out throughout. Though in hindsight, one might justify this with the title of the movie itself (which for the uninitiated means “Women’s Words have altogether different meanings” – sorry – that was crappy translation but the best I can come up with now). The way he dealt with such relationships in his previous movies was Selva’s biggest USP; but here something seems to have gone seriously wrong. This mishandling is precisely what hinders the movie in making the transition from good to great.

But since the entertainment and emotional quotient in this movie are of high standard you don’t want to complain too much. There are many individual sequences here which deserve applause but as I have been saying before the whole turns out be a bit lesser than the sum of its parts.

Venkatesh is great as Ganesh and though you might have seem him in such roles before he is still a pleasure to watch. Trisha looks a million bucks….and finally she doesn’t play a dumb village belle…Well! that’s what I thought until the sobering revelation arrives a few minutes before the interval. Sunil and Sriram are wasted. The supporting cast has notable performances from Kota Srinivasa Rao, K. Viswanath (whose role I thought was brilliantly conceived towards the end) and Swathi – the last two roles being inspired from those of Amrish Puri and Mandira Bedi from DDLJ.

Yuvan Shankar Raja pairs up again with Selva but his music isn’t great here…it just blends well with the film. It is actually a few of the song picturizations which deserve mention – especially Trisha’s introduction piece. The main musical theme is a standout though. Selvaraghavan might have disappointed his fans a bit with this one…nevertheless he manages to deliver a winner which consolidates his position as one of the best south Indian directors in recent times.

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