Starring : Jeyam Ravi, Neetu Chandra, Sudha Chandran, Sakshi Sivanand, Saiju Kurup
Direction : Ameer Sultan
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Production : J Anbazhagan
Ameer is one director who surprises us with different plots and characterization. After Mounam Pesiyathey, Raam and Paruthiveeran, he returns with a Mafiaso action love story “Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan” with Jeyam Ravi and Neetu Chandra in the lead.
Though Aadhi Bhagavan has so many characters the basic plot is between Aadhi Bhagavan and Raani. The film opens with a CBI raid in Andhra and later a discovery is made. Interestingly a similar scene was present in Special 26 which was released a week before. Aadhi Shanmugam is a big time Mafia in Bangkok who actually comes to Bangkok for his livelihood with his mother and sister. Aadhi’s mother (Sudha Ravichandran) and sister do not like the way he leads his life. Their characters appears to be a cliche.
Later Aadhi meets Neetu Chandra who is a bar girl and falls in love with her. Neetu Chandra helps Aadhi in his work attack and they decide to get married. Ravi and Neetu Chandra leave to Mumbai to meet Neetu’s father. The rest of the story deals with the happenings there.
Aadhi Bhagavan is watchable only for two reasons, for the lead pair’s performance and Yuvan’s music. Jeyam Ravi has portrayed the role of Aadhi and Bhagavan with so much perfection. In fact the feminine Bhagavan was a bad ass and the crowd goes crazy for Bhagavan. One needs more courage to do the role and a special applause for carrying the film on his broad shoulders. Neetu chandra’s role is bold and cold blooded. She must be lauded for her effort especially in the stunt sequence in climax . The film’s cinematographers RB Gurudev and K Devraj must be appreciated for their awesome work.
The interesting part of Aadhi Bhagavan is Bhagavan’s characterization but Ameer dedicated the entire first half with the half baked Aadhi’s role which was disappointing. Though the film looks stylish and rich, the much needed grip and pace was missing . The initial scenes in the first half and later part of the second half were very much predictable. Another major drawback is the the Scarface inspirations in the first half of the movie.
Ameer is always known for his brilliant characterization but in Aadhi Bhagavan other than Bhagavan and Raani all the characters seems to be halfly baked. If we compare Aadhi Bhagavan with Ameer’s earlier films, probably one can say commercial cinema is not Ameer’s cup of tea.
Verdict : Jeyam Ravi\’s one man show