Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada is a one hour musical spectacular

AR Rahman

The film’s pulsating music, coupled with romantic scenes and the enchanting ‘Thallipogathey,’ mark a long-anticipated moment for the film industry since Mani Ratnam’s OK Kanmani. As a fast-paced and engrossing movie, enveloped by a fantastic score, it keeps the audience riveted throughout, except for the ending. It stands out as a musical in every sense of the word, with its relentless pace and visual style that never allows the audience to rest. Notably, the first half is a joy to watch and emotionally satisfying, commencing with the electrifying ‘bike theme’ and leading up to the soulful ‘Thalli Pogathey.’

Pulsating Beats, Romantic Scenes, and ‘Thallipogathey

“Yettu Thisai Muttum Yenai Pagalinil
Kottum Pani Mattum Thunai Iravinil
Nettum Oru Pattu Kural Manathinil Madiveano?
Munnil Oru Kaatrin Kali Mugathinil
Pinnil Siru Pachaikili Mudhuginil
Vaazhvil Oru Payanam Ithu
Mudinthida Viduveano?”

There is nothing particularly new about the storyline. What works exceptionally well for the film is the embrace and playful execution of great cinematic romantic clichés, accompanied by amazing AR Rahman soundtracks. The perfect integration of the right song at the right moment consistently elevates the impact of each scene.

“Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada” provided the best one-hour cinematic experience for me this year. The movie creates a spectacular musical journey, with the characters, costumes, and musical numbers flowing seamlessly to deliver an incredible hour of musical delight. Even if you are not entirely enamored with the rest of the film (which is doubtful), you will likely be amazed by the captivating feel in the first half.

Musical Journey of Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada

Manjima Mohan brings an innocence to her role that might not have been as pronounced with a more experienced actress. For example, the scene where she Enjoying the Sunrise is a thing of beauty, showcasing the classy Gautham touch. However, the change in tone in the second half is not convincing enough. The first half is the epitome of romance, leaving the audience yearning for more. In one of the most impactful scenes, a heavy vehicle careens out of control towards the bike, and the next moment, the ‘Thalli Pogathey‘ song starts. It’s a stroke of genius by Gautham, as the song placement was unexpected, and the visuals were truly awesome – soulful and expressive.

Thalli Pogathey

“Yeno Vaanilai Maaruthey
Yeno Vaanilai Maaruthey
Maniththuli Poguthey
Maarbin Vegam Kooduthey
Manamo Yedho Solla Vaarthai Theduthey
Kannellam Neeye Thaan Nirkindraai”

Fantabulous. Stupendous. I can’t even believe it, that drastic change – from romantic mood to accident to ultimate romantic song, all within few seconds.

Girl ‘I Love You’
Boy ‘Thalli Pogathey…’

The scene had the entire audience cheering and applauding in my theater. Gautham Menon employed a similar shift in Kaaka Kaaka, where the movie starts with the hero getting hit by a bullet, seamlessly transitioning to a fast-paced romantic number, the unforgettable ‘Uyirin Uyire.’

‘Paarkka Paarkka, Pesa Pesa… Love’

There’s something truly magical about sitting in a theater and experiencing a fantastic musical that leaves you breathless. Whether it’s Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar, Mani Ratnam’s OK Kanmani, or Gautham Menon’s Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaya, watching a musical film in the theatre is pure awesomeness. The audience erupts in applause for each song, making it an unforgettable experience. I will definitely watch this movie again.

‘I Love You… Unnai Mudhal Thadavai Paarththathilirunthu’

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