I am watching movies since my Kindergarten days (my first movie in a theatre was Mythili Ennai Kadhali). I might have started comprehending about movies probably when I was 5 or 6. In this 30 years of my movie watching, I haven’t seen such a mind-bending classic like Anbanavan Asarathavan Adangathavan. It’s so profound that it teaches you a lot about moviemaking than any other movie you have seen in your life. It teaches you how not to make a movie.
It teaches you that there can be a director like Aadhik Ravichandran who has the audacity to make such a wretched story and screenplay, convince an actor and a producer to be part of it. It teaches you that there is an artist who has created his indulgent world and didn’t want to come out of it. It teaches you that even a brilliant music composer like Yuvan Shankar Raja will be made to stoop down to the worst possible levels. It teaches you that an actress like Tamanna doesn’t have any qualms to do a role that degrades women. It shows you that you can make crass comedy and still few people will laugh at them (few did when I was watching).
If you think through, Aadhik and Simbu’s way of showing a middle-finger to the Tamil movie audience. Over the years, we have accepted crappy films, and they have created a benchmark for crappiness. When we have people laughing at “lip lock” comedy between YGee Mahendran and Simbu, when we have audience who can applaud the endless advice doled by the hero, when we have fans who will hoot and whistle for 20 back-to-back introduction scenes in the movie, when we have women who can sympathise with the hero’s one side love story, we deserve this kind of visual bullcrap in the name of a movie.
Anbanavan Asarathavan Adaganthavan doesn’t have anything right both cinematically and thematically. It’s a bunch of Simbu introduction scenes that has been patched up on the editing table. Yuvan Shankar Raja tries his level best to push the scenes through his background score (how did you do it, man?). The scenes are unimaginative, and the way Aadhik had handled the love of an elderly man is cringeworthy.
Don’t watch this movie even if you don’t have anything else to do. Find the worst Tamil TV series and watch it for three hours, it will be better than this movie. The most dangerous part is the ending because it seems we have to wait for Part 2 to find out rest of the story. We might have to take to the streets and stop the next part from releasing.
P.S., Dear fans of Simbu, it’s time you write letters/emails to your favourite star and try to change his ways. If his interviews have to be believed, Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan was made for his fans. It’s your turn!