Director Aamir is back to directing movies and after six years since his last outing he has come up with his Aadhi Bhagavan, which has hit the theatres this weekend in Tamil cinema industry. Aadhi Bhagavan is a ‘Mafioso Action Love Story’ as the tagline claims and the Aameer’s thirst for variation in the genres he wants to work has now reached the point of commercialism with this flick. His previous works such as Mounam Pesiyadhe and Paruthiveeran had strong scripts supporting the screenplay, but Aadhi Bhagavan lacks that advantage just as any other commercial flick.
Aadhi Shanmugam (Jayam Ravi) is a man who has a great thirst for money. He would do anything and everything to gather as much Vitamin M as he could. Aadhi operates as a big mafia criminal in Bangkok and meets a girl called Karishma (Neetu Chandra) in a bar. Karishma is in some trouble and she is fortunately saved by Aadhi. On getting along with her further Aadhi falls for her and travels to Mumbai to strengthen his love with her. However, he unravels more than what Karishma appeared to look. What happens then?
Director Aameer has been very clear in his intention – a commercial mafia love story. He has so many examples to follow and the first half looks as an inspiration from the evergreen mafia flick Scarface. His characters in Aadhi Bhagavan have shades of grey – the lead actor, female lead and every one. While this is not a usual thing in Tamil cinema, the second half picks up pace and gets the audiences set for a good ride. However, the director has believed so much in action and leaves everything to it to take care of the proceedings.
There is something that is unsettling in this movie with improper dubbing and too much Hindi stuff. However, Jayam Ravi as an actor has clearly moved to a next level with Aadhi Bhagavan. He keeps his expressions fit to his character, moves fast in actions and makes good tone variations.
There are some flaws and there are some great moments in Aadhi Bhagavan. More than that, this flick has a lot of grey shades, which might and might not appeal to the audiences.