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      Arrambam (Aarambam) Movie Review

      By Prakash Upadhyaya
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      The wait is over. Ajith Kumar's much-awaited Arrambam (Aarambam) has hit the screens today (October 31). The movie, which was released on Wednesday (October 30) in some foreign countries, has got good pre-talks in the industry. Director Vishnuvardhan has taken inspiration from the Mumbai 9/11 terrorist attacks.

      Expectations
      With the successful combo of Billa (Ajith Kumar, Nayantara, Vishnuvardhan and Yuvan Shankar Raja) joining hands again, the expectations are obviously very high on the Tamil movie. Adding to that, Thala and the director's last movies (Billa 2 and Panjaa in Telugu) had failed to impress audience. Hence, they too want to deliver a hit.

      Is Arrambam up to the hype? What has Vishnuvardhan churned out for Ajith Kumar along with Nayantara, Arya and Taapsee Pannu? Read on to know more...

      Story
      The movie opens up with Mumbai witnessing a series of bomb explosions. AK alias Ashok Kumar (Ajith) is the man behind it. Soon he kidnaps Arya, a hacker, and includes him in his larger plan. A flashback is revealed, where we are told about Maya (Nayantara), Anitha (Taapsee Pannu), who is the girlfriend of Arya and an aspiring TV journalist.

      Ajith threatens to kill Anitha in order to make Arya to work for him. They successfully hack and bring down the server of a media company. Honest cop played by Kishore catches them and another flashback takes us to Ajith Kumar's past life at ATS (Anti Terrorist Squad) along with Sanjay (Rana Daggubati).

      In the second half, we get a clear picture about the revenge drama. What is the motive behind the bomb explosion? Does Ajith have a terrorist connection? Why does he target a media company? What role has Nayantara played?

      Continue reading the story on the slideshow...

      Sword Fish Shades

      Sword Fish Shades

      There are also shades of Hollywood movie Sword Fish. Nevertheless, it has been tuned to suit the Tamil audience. Arrambam is about the nexuses between politics and media, in which a cop becomes a victim.

      Well-crafted Script

      Well-crafted Script

      The base of the story is a bullet proof jacket scam and the script is well-crafted by Vishnuvardhan and SuBha.

      Twists And Turns

      Twists And Turns

      There are interesting twists and turns, which come as a surprise to the audience, from the word go. The first half puts a perfect foundation for the movie to make the second half an interesting affair.

      Engaging Sans Comedy Scenes

      Engaging Sans Comedy Scenes

      Most part of the movie is engaging sans well-written comedy scenes. Arrambam is a serious movie and the comedy part has taken a backseat in the script.

      Serious Movie

      Serious Movie

      People would have enjoyed the movie, if it had a lot of comedy scenes considering the serious nature of Arrambam.

      Drawback

      Drawback

      Arrambam is not crisp and it is one of the drawbacks of the flick. In the second half, the story becomes predictable to some extent after the motive behind Ashok Kumar's revenge is revealed.

      Ajith, No Superhero

      Ajith, No Superhero

      Coming to performances, Ajith Kumar has given his best. Let me warn you, Arrambam doesn't project Ajith Kumar like a superhero.

      No Exaggerated Heroism

      No Exaggerated Heroism

      Please don't visit the theatres thinking that you will see a Billa in Arrambam. The director has not exaggerated the heroism of Ajith's character in the flick. This has to be praised.

      Ajith

      Ajith

      Except occasional dialogues and scenes, Ajith will be seen like a normal human, who is fighting hard to seek a revenge against villains.

      Ajith's Workouts Not Visible

      Ajith's Workouts Not Visible

      However, Ajith Kumar's strict workouts to get into the shape is not visible. Indeed, it surprises audience as the actor's extra weight is visible during dance sequences.

      Team Fails

      Team Fails

      Ajith Kumar may have his own body issues, but the Arrambam team has completely failed to show him at his best.

      Nayantara

      Nayantara

      When it comes to Nayantara, she has a good role. She appears in glamorous costumes at parts.

      Arya

      Arya

      Arya has performed well in Arrambam. The underlining part of the story is that he is not overshadowed by Ajith Kumar.

      Arya And Taapsee

      Arya And Taapsee

      Arya's comic scenes are enjoyable. Taapsee Pannu is his love interest in the movie. She looks cute in the movie and has done a reasonably good job.

      Mahesh Manjrekar, Atul Kulkarni And Kishore

      Mahesh Manjrekar, Atul Kulkarni And Kishore

      Mahesh Manjrekar and Atul Kulkarni have played the role of baddies in Arrambam, while Kishore is seen in the role of a honest cop.

      Others Performances

      Others Performances

      Mahesh Manjrekar, Atul Kulkarni and Kishore have played their part well. Suman Ranganathan and Akshara Gowda have a couple of scenes. Rana Daggubati makes a lasting impression.

      Yuvan's Music

      Yuvan's Music

      Yuvan Shankar Raja's music to Ajith Kumar's movie perfectly suit Thala's image. The musician has always given the best tunes for the actor.

      Arrambam Album, A Hit

      Arrambam Album, A Hit

      The expectations were obviously high this time with Arrambam. The latest album has become one of the best albums of 2013.

      Yuvan's Music Works Big Time

      Yuvan's Music Works Big Time

      After Dheena, Billa and Billa 2, the combo of Ajith and Yuvan Shankar Raja for Arrambam has worked big time for the flick.

      Our Picks

      Our Picks

      'Adadada arrambame', 'Stylish thamizhachi' and 'En fuse pochu' are our picks from the album.

      Background Score Rocks

      Background Score Rocks

      Not only songs, but also the background score by Yuvan Shankar Raja is brilliant.

      Om Prakash's Cinematography

      Om Prakash's Cinematography

      If you look at the video songs and trailer of Arrambam, you'll get an idea about Om Prakash's cinematography.

      Outstanding Cinematography

      Outstanding Cinematography

      Om Prakash is outstanding behind the camera. He has stylishly shot Arrambam, and Ajith's fans wouldn't have got better visuals than this flick.

      Editor

      Editor

      A Sreekar Prasad's scissors are not sharp as Arrambam is not up to the mark. There are some dragging and unwanted scenes, if removed, the movie would have had a better outlook.

      Costume Design/Choreography

      Costume Design/Choreography

      Vishnuvardhan's wife Anu has designed the costumes for Arrambam. She has ensured that the lead actors look their best. However, some of her choices for Ajith is not praiseworthy. The other drawback of the movie is the choreography.

      Verdict

      Verdict

      Arrambam is a well-made action thriller. Except some minor flaws, the movie has turned out to be a wholesome entertainer for all section of audience.

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