Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan (2013)
Movie: Aadhi Bhagavan
Cast: Jayam Ravi, Neetu Chandra, Sudha chandran
Producer: J. Anbazhagan
Director: Ameer Sultan
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Release Date: 22 Feb 2013
Genre: Action, Romance

Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan (2013)

Good: Jayam Ravi as Bhagavan, other lead characters, BGM
Bad: Story, Movie Length, Screenplay, Stunt, Songs
User Score
7.6
(514 votes)
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After a brief run in with some Hindu organisations, who objected to the film title claiming it hurt their sentiments, Ameer’s much awaited Aadhi Bhagavan finally releases in theatres with a slight modification to its title. The film is now called Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan

Produced by DMK politician J Anbazhagan, under the banner of Anbu Pictures, this film has been in the making for almost three years and has been shot in some exotic foreign locations, as well as many states across India. The film has been certified with an ‘A’ certificate.

To live up to the expectations of great films like Paruthiveeran and Ram is not an easy task, and though Ameer has tried his best to recreate that magic, he has only succeeded to some extent.

Story
Branded as a Mafioso action love story, Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan has actor Jayam Ravi and Neetu Chandra in the lead roles with Sudha Chandran in a supporting role as the lead actor’s mother and Malayalam actor Saiju Kurup playing the role of a villain. Also making a special appearance in the film is Ameer himself and Sakshi Shivanand, who was roped in to perform an item number for the movie.

Jayam Ravi plays the role of an underworld don Aadhi Shanmugam based in Bangkok, who is obsessed with making money. Karishma (Neetu Chandra) plays his love interest.

The film opens in Andhra Pradesh, where there is some controversy about two brothers and some local politicians involved in illegal granite quarrying. Aadhi takes advantage of the situation and impersonating a CBI official, manages to fool the brothers and gets away with their black money.

The story then shifts to Bangkok, where Aadhi is portrayed as a powerful Mafioso, who makes a lot of enemies through his shady dealings.

Aadhi is estranged from his mother (Sudha Chandran), who is against his bad ways and refuses to accept any help from him. Aadhi then meets Karishma at a bar which he frequents and it is love at first sight for him. Karishma convinces Aadhi to travel with her to Mumbai to meet her ailing father and it is here that the story takes an unforeseen turn.

Unknowingly Aadhi is trapped in a dangerous game played by Karishma, who is not what she appears to be. The second half of the film is not what you expect, and though there is too much of violence, the twists and turns in the plot keep you on the edge of your seat.

Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan (2013), 7.6 out of 10 based on 514 ratings

12 Comments

  1. Behindwoods
    February 22, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Verdict: Not for everyone, the movie has a manic streak and if you have the stomach for raw action movies, check out Bhagavan.

    AAB is definitely Ravi’s most daring and gutsy performance till date. In two absolutely varying roles, the star has put his heart and soul into the movie. He is quick in his moves during the action sequences and the suspense behind his second role better be guarded, because that is when the movie picks up some pace and interest after a bland first half which moves along like Scarface. Ravi has also seemingly worked on his voice modulation to make it sound stern and rough.

    Neetu Chandra surprises with her character which is not a typical ‘damsel in distress’ role. Her expertise at taekwondo comes in handy when she has to do some ass-kicking towards the end. But, her lip sync for her Tamil dialogs is below-par, truth to tell.

    The stunt sequences are definitely among the other highlights of the movie. The action is really chaotic, raw and the cinematographer Devaraj has made sure that his camera has captured the action from close quarters. The chase sequence in Goa in the climax and all the fist combats in both the halves have been done painstakingly. But, the action might hurt the eye too as the cuts are quick and abrupt.

    The movie definitely has its share of other flaws like the overdose of Hindi in the movie. Tamil dialogues have been superimposed over the existing track and despite the disclaimer before the movie starts and before the interval, we get the feeling that we are seeing a dubbed movie. The lip sync for this ‘Tamil on top of Hindi’ routine, leaves a lot to be desired and this proves unsettling.

    Yuvan Shankar Raja’s songs don’t have much of a presence in the movie, with two of the romantic melodies totally chopped off. Yuvan’s background score is apt enough for the action genre of the movie.

    So, 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. Though the movie as a whole is watchable and bearable, a little more sprucing and tightening could have helped matters even more.

  2. Rediff
    February 22, 2013, 9:20 pm

    There are no heroes in Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan; only villains.

    Whether it is the beaches of Pattaya, the deserts of Rajasthan, scenic Goa or Mumbai, cinematography by K Devaraj and R B Gurudev is an absolute treat to the eye. Each and every scene has been picturised tastefully.

    The Ameer-Yuvan Shankar Raja association goes back to Mounam Pesiyadhe, Ameer’s directorial debut film, and the duo has worked together in every film since then, giving great hits. This film too has some great music, but the songs have not made much of an impact.

    Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan has good performances by the lead actors and some extremely well shot action sequences. Jayam Ravi as usual has given a great performance. He has many different elements to his character and he portrays them very well. Neetu Chandra has taken full advantage of the meaty role, she has been given. She has shades of grey to her character, which will definitely be be well appreciated.

    The film may not appeal to all audience as there is way too much of violence and every second scene is a fight scene.

  3. Ram
    February 22, 2013, 9:42 pm

    Ameer in Aadhi Bhagavan – A complete action thriller that will keep you stick to the edge of the seats…

    Cinematography is good and all the songs are well-shot in the beautiful locations. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score is appealing. Dialogues are fine. Ameer’s direction is very good. While there are few loopholes in the first half, the screenplay by Ameer covered it with decent pace in the second half. Editing work by S.P.Ahmed could have been better. Production values are standard.

    Ameer in Aadhi Bhagavan is an action entertainer but the storyline is new to Kollywood. The script had few clichés in the first half while the execution is outstanding. Director Ameer’s hard work can be seen clearly on screen and he has done more than decent job. Jayam Ravi’s character initially was designed well and it justifies the title as the protagonist loves taking risks, challenges with loads of bravery. First half though having some slow pace, the interval block of the movie is really appealing. Second half of the movie is really well executed and Jayam Ravi steals the entire show with his performance. The climax is abrupt and extremely predictable.

  4. Shan
    February 22, 2013, 10:12 pm

    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

  5. Haricharan Pudipeddi
    February 22, 2013, 10:14 pm

    ‘Ameerin Aadhi-Bhagavan’ – falls short of distinction

    Ravi did his best in both the roles, but somehow it didn’t quite excite me as much as I would have wanted someone else in this role. He was as usual in the role of a gangster, but not quite convincing as Bhagavan, which by the way was unarguably well received by one and all.

    It was as though one role was made to appear weak and naturally, the other one garnered all attention.

    To see Ameer tread unchartered territories is a welcome change and I hope he sticks to it. Thanks to him, we get to see the potential of Neetu and Ravi as actors and not merely as instruments of entertainment.

  6. siva
    February 22, 2013, 10:25 pm

    gggggod movie…..

  7. karan
    February 22, 2013, 10:27 pm

    action story lovers will like a lot….good performance by all……..

  8. Dhayakar
    February 25, 2013, 8:38 pm

    Ameer`s Aadhi-Bhagavan

    The movie is only for the action and violence lovers, When u see the movie in the angle of the action it will keep u edge of the seat, but whether u hate violence avoid this one. Who all like action and violence grab the movie tickets and watch,

    For action & violence lovers it will be a treat and u will be satisfied to see this masterpiece given by ameer.

    For those who all hate violence and action, please avoid this one.

    Verdict:
    Aadhi-Bhagavan – Treat For the Action Lovers.

  9. shinji
    February 27, 2013, 9:09 pm

    action movie………………….

  10. shinji
    February 27, 2013, 9:11 pm

    action lovers….sure a treat for you………

  11. Praveen
    March 3, 2013, 7:15 pm

    Awesome Acting ravi..!!
    Super Villan Love Story…!!!

  12. prabhu
    March 3, 2013, 9:34 pm

    enjoyed de movie….BGM rocks………………..break for jayam ravi

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