Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada – What do you do when a creator’s vision is hindered by constraints beyond his control. Do you forgive the lapses and praise the director’s self indulgence or do you dismiss it as trash. I would have left it alone if it was a one off misstep.

I desperately want to say Gautham Vasudev Menon is back with a bang but he flatters to deceive yet again. Gautam Menon as a director left me unimpressed with Nithya and Sathyadev. Both his earlier films felt more like an ode to himself. So I walked into the movie hall hoping that it would be a fresh start. Unfortunately the genre switch doesn’t work at all.

Despite the flaws I have never regretted watching a GVM film. But AYM made me regret like never before. A tired non committal hero and a fresh heroine never make an enticing pair at all.

Simbhu is an enigma. How else would you justify a talented star losing his way in one mediocre movie after another? He makes an attempt in Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada but the aura of young star is missing. It is one of his better roles but somehow the execution was shallow and left a lot to be desired. Manjima deserved a better partner to light up the screen.

A director’s style should lure you. But Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada tires you with two contrasting halves. Hopefully this is the last of Gautham’s obsession with voice overs too.

The flaw with today’s film makers is self indulgence. We already know you have made a great film before. We have watched it and applauded. What is the purpose of re-cycling it again and again? No recycling and no references please. We are exhausted

But my biggest disappointment was the way a killer soundtrack was wasted in a mediocre film. An ARR special is like gold dust. If only the director’s vision was in alignment with the soul stirring music we might have had a better film. Better luck next time GVM. This is the third time i am repeating this line for a GVM film. Desperately hoping that i dont repeat it again. AYM – Wait for the DVD.

My Rating 2/5