Aadhi Bhagavan (A)
Release date:22/Feb/2013 Genre:Action, Thriller
Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan Review
PUBLISHED DATE: 23/Feb/2013
Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan – Traces of Brilliance lost in Bloodbath
The terms "Critically acclaimed" and "Blockbusters" often seem to be antonyms in our Tamil film industry. Not very often do these two terms are used in the same sentence. Ameer's Paruthiveeran was one such exception. It has been six years since it released and it is only now that Ameer Sultan, the man behind Paruthiveeran, is back with his next directorial venture. It is only natural that the curiosity levels go up. Is the long wait worth it?
Ameer had mentioned in numerous interviews that Aadhi Bhagavan is a commercial film to be enjoyed with family. The one line of Aadhi Bhagavan is definitely interesting and offers ample scope for a thrilling action flick. Revealing the story-line would be unfair to the makers and viewers. It is about a gangster(Jayam Ravi) in Thailand and how love plays spoilsport in his life. This is a film where everyone is not whom they seem to be on the surface.
Jayam Ravi looks the part as a dreaded gangster. That he has put in a lot for this movie is obvious. He shines in the action sequences and his portrayal of the effeminate Bhagavan is noteworthy. Neetu Chandra has a solid part and is convincing. She has even performed some stunts in the film. Her character is one of the surprise packages of Aadhi Bhagavan. Sudha Chandran looks dignified as Jayam Ravi's mother who is pained by the wrong path that her son has taken.
Yuvan has done a neat job, with both the songs and BGM. They are both up to the mark. The stunt sequences are raw and in your face. There is a gruesome action sequence before the climax and this is possibly the reason for the 'A' certificate. Cinematography by R. B. Gurudev and K. Devaraj is good and the scenes and sequences in Thailand have a slick look to them. The editing (by Ram Sudharsan) could have been crisper. The lip sync at certain places is pathetic. It looks like these scenes were originally shot in Hindi as the place of action is Mumbai and as an afterthought was dubbed in Tamil.
Direction & Screenplay
Aadhi Bhagavan is possibly a golden opportunity lost. The film has some genuine surprises and a smarter packaging could have done wonders. The opening sequence before the title cards makes you sit up in anticipation. It is actually well 15 minutes into the second half that you realize where the film is headed. Ameer certainly deserves kudos for maintaining the suspense. However, the film does seem a tad too long. The screenplay could have been tighter in the first half by packing in more interesting scenes. Also, the last half hour where the hunted settles scores with the hunter could have been dealt more interestingly. All it turns out to be is more of a bloodbath. Though not strikingly similar, you do get reminded of Samar that released a few weeks back.
Aadhi Bhagavan is at best "watchable" and is certainly not up to the level of Ameer's earlier films. Watch it for Jayam Ravi’s sheer hard work.
Traces of Brilliance lost in Bloodbath
Aadhi Bhagavan is possibly a golden opportunity lost. The film has some genuine surprises and a smarter packaging could have done wonders. It is certainly not up to the level of Ameer's earlier films. Watch it for Jayam Ravi's sheer hard work.
by Bharath Vijayakumar - MovieCrow
Rating Full Review
The movie has a manic streak and if you have the stomach for raw action movies, check out Bhagavan.
After 6 years we have an Ameer directed movie and though this movie is in stark contrast to his earlier movies thanks to its commercial intentions, it is still worth a trip to the theaters thanks to Jayam Ravi�s versatility and the action set pieces in the movie. » more
by Editorial Board - Behindwoods.com
Aadhi Bhagavan is too violent
The film may not appeal to all audience as there is way too much of violence and every second scene is a fight scene. There are no heroes in Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan only villains. » more
by S Saraswathi - Rediff.com
Aadhi Bhagavan should not be missed!
The strength of the story is undoubtedly the curiosity of twists and turns in story in Aadhi Bhagavan. The director has narrated a brilliant story without much errors. Though there are mistakes at many places, it did not affect the film to a large extent. » more
by Shanmugan - One India
Ameer has completely lost his way in an attempt to make a commercial entertainer.
Ravi looks the part of a sophisticated gangster, suits and all, but has limited scope for performance, with the director confused about what he wants him to do. Neetu Chandra comes out slightly better as her character has various shades. Sudha Chandran, Saiju Kurup and Babu Antony have glorified gue... » more
by N Venkateswaran - Times Of India
Aadhi Bhagavan is not great cinema but it's got many moments that will surprise you.
On the downside, Aadhi Bhagavan is unapologetically long, tiring and predictable in the first half and some serious trimming will help. The songs of Yuvan are nothing to write about but background score make up for it. There are couple of loose ends, which we didn't expect from a seasoned director like Ameer. » more
by Moviebuzz - Sify.com
A contrast to Bhagavan, Aadhi is a nincompoop almost � all brawn and no brain! At the airport it appears as though he�s seen through his partner�s act, yet he allows himself to be a sitting duck! A bait is being dangled right under his nose, but Aadhi is oblivious to it! Exasperating! Aren�t underworld dons supposed to be perceptive and sensible? » more
by Malathi Rangarajan - The Hindu