Amar Akbar Anthony Review
Reviewer : Chandra Mohan Gopinath
Just as an entertainer offering rollicking fun and enjoyment, Nadirshah‘s Amar Akbar Anthony has succeeded in its presentation. So the bottom line here is do not look for the content and just leave your brains at home and go to the cinemas before watching this movie. Now you can guess what is there in store for you.
A film with a wafer thin storyline, the primary intention of the movie is just time pass for the audience without too much digging into the storyline. If you are ready to accept this fact, then you can definitely enjoy the movie as the presence of three major stars of the younger generation with equal prominence makes their presence felt through their own style.
Amar, Akbar and Anthony are thick friends and the film portray minor incidents in their life in a light hearted manner creating laughs at many places. The fun part overall is good and have worked very well but the unnecessary twist in the plot forcefully bringing some serious stuff into the overall scheme of things somehow didn’t go well with me. The unexpected turnaround was not that predictable but in an otherwise nonserious plot, it turned out in creating a thorn in the smooth flow of an entertainer.
Since nothing much was happening for almost the major running time, the final drama that unfolded looked more of a forcefully intervened writing to put a brake to the film and didn’t go well. At the same time, there was a preachy feel to some of the dialogues towards the end. Nadirshah has done a decent job as a director. Though it is his debut venture, one cannot call him a debutant since he has good experience behind him as director of stage shows and comedy programmes. So with that experience I would say, he hasn’t reached the expected level but in managing such a threadbare storyline from another set of youngsters, he deserves praise for ensuring the film did not fall off to a low level.
Also credit goes to the director for making sure a balancing act is done as far as roles are concerned for Prithviraj, Indrajith and Jayasurya. All three were equally good and one could easily make out from their expressions that they enjoyed doing this movie. Comedy for Indrajith and Jayasurya is not a new thing as both have in the past come out with successful humorous roles to their credit. For Pritvi, that area is still something that haven’t worked well but here without going overboard, the actor has presented it with success.
Among the supporting casts, KPAC Lalitha, Sreeraman, Srindha, Shajon, Sasi Kallinga, Bindu Panicker, Siddhique, Abu Salim, Pradeep Kottayam and Thesni Khan made their respective roles look memorable irrespective of whether it was a major role or not. Music wasn’t that catchy while the background score done by Bijipal was good. Cinematography by Sujith Vaassudev was a bright aspect.