AARAMBAM MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
: Jiiva, Poonam Bajwa, JD Chakravarthy,
Super Good Films
makers have promised a full on, unabashed
commercial entertainer for the masses
through Kacheri Aarambam. So, what’s
new, you might think. Commercials are
churned out every week at the box office.
But, not all commercials are entertainers.
Kacheri Aarambam is an out-and-out commercial
no doubt, but does it entertain or exasperate?
Kacheri Aarambam is a simple, uncomplicated
story of a hero-heroine and villain, love,
fights, comedy and clichés. It
is the kind that has been played out many
times on our screens in different shapes
and forms. The movie begins the way all
films of our times start off. The hero
(Jiiva) is shown as a compulsive do-gooder
who would go to any lengths to sort out
the problems that others come across.
His parents are frustrated by their son’s
attitude towards his own life while showing
a lot of concern for others. They keep
trying to make him a normal
guy who turns a blind eye to others’ problems.
But, this doesn’t go down well with the hero
and he leaves home.
Commercial Tamil cinema rule: ‘Any do-gooder
hero who leaves home lands up in Chennai the next
day’ – is applied here and so we have
Jiiva in the metropolis. You might be able to guess
the extension of this story, the kind that we have
seen many times. ‘Hero comes across atrocities
in the city and learns that a particular person (the
villain) is at the helm of it all. He takes it upon
himself to cleanse the city of this weed. By the end
of the film, the villain is either no more or is a
changed man.’ That is what you might expect,
but Kacheri Aarambam is a bit different from mercilessly
beaten down clichés that we have been accustomed
to all these years.
The good thing about Kacheri Aarambam is that the
movie does not take itself too seriously. The director,
perhaps sensing that the contemporary audiences have
developed (or have been trained by films like Thamizh
Padam) a taste to laugh at clichés when they
see one, has mocked at many clichés himself.
Though the basic plot still remains predictable and
cliché ridden, the way it has been treated
is definitely a relief for the audiences. The hero-villain
(J.D. Chakravarthy) clash is brought about by the
common interest they share in a girl (Poonam Bajwa).
The way in which the villain tries to impress the
girl of his dreams reminds one of Prakash Raj’s
character in Ghilli. Obviously, it is the hero who
succeeds in getting the girl’s affections and
from then on it is a one-on-one between the hero and
The positives of Kacheri Aarambam are that it makes
for pretty carefree viewing. It does not demand too
much of your attention, neither is it placid enough
to let you drift away. Vadivelu’s humor, which
is not a separate track, appears regularly for a good
part of the movie. These are the points where the
entertainment graph of the film peaks. Kadhal Dhandapani’s
character, which is a spoof on the role that he played
in Kadhal, is an enjoyable addition. On the down side,
J.D. Chakravarthy’s character (the lead villain)
at times appears to be what might be coined in local
slang as a ‘comedy piece’. Whether this
was intended or otherwise, only the director knows.
Jiiva is energy personified throughout the movie.
He has given everything to the role and has been successful
in carrying the movie on his shoulders. Poonam Bajwa
is there for very little except songs where she impresses
with her dancing skills. J.D. Chakravarthy plays a
clichéd and loud villain for the first time
in his career (poles apart from the kind of role he
played in Sarvvam). Others in the cast fulfill their
requirements with Vadivelu scoring quite heavily.
Music for Kacheri Aarambam is a reflection of what
the film intends to be, full of energy and entertainment.
While the songs might not be the best in terms of
musical content, they lend to the ‘fun and frolic’
feel of the film, full of beats and rhythms. Technically,
there is not much that stands out; all departments
have done adequate jobs. The ‘1000 frames’
techniques that is claimed to have been used in one
of the songs does not seem to bring any noticeable
difference in viewing to the untrained eye. It is
too early to decide upon the effectiveness of this
Overall, Kacheri Aarambam is an unabashed commercial
with a truckload of clichés (like the hero’s
dialogue at the climax) which looks to give you a
relaxed time in theaters. It has got a pretty healthy
dose of humor and spoofs. But, the predictability
of the storyline is a drawback. And, for a movie of
this kind, a more racy script would have definitely
helped. Go for Kacheri Aarambam if you do not mind
a few stereotypes and are ready to leave behind your
brains to have some fun.
‘Dappan Kuthu’ Kutcheri