Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada is a one hour musical spectacular from Gautham

AR Rahman

The pumped up beats, the romantic scenes, and that ‘Thallipogathey’! Something which the film industry’s been waiting for since Mani Ratnam’s OK Kanmani. The fast-moving and engrossing movie, surrounded by a fantastic score, will keep you riveted, except the ending. A musical in every sense of the word, its pace and visual style never lets you rest. Especially, the first half is a blast to watch and emotionally satisfying, starting from the electrifying ‘bike theme’ to ‘Thalli Pogathey’.

“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 really nothing new about the storyline, what works so well for the film – the great cinematic romantic clichés are embraced and played with amazing AR Rahman sound tracks. The right song at the right moment will always elevate the impact of a scene. Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada has the best one hour I’ve spent in a cinema this year. What a spectacular movie musical experience! Wind on my face. The characters, costumes, musical numbers all flow beautifully and make for an incredible one hour of musical journey. Even if you are not crazy about the rest of the picture (doubtful), you will almost certainly be amazed by the feel in the first half. I mean…as I am writing this, I am getting goose bumps.

Manjima Mohan brings an innocence that perhaps would not have come through had the part been given to an experienced actress. Check out the scene ‘Enjoying Sun Rise’. Her reaction is a beauty. The classy Gautham touch. The change in tone in second half is not received well, possibly because the first half is ultimate romantic and we wish it to continue till the end, and more. In one of the strongest scenes, a heavy vehicle out of control roars to the bike and hits them – the next moment, ‘Thalli Pogathey‘ song starts. Genius Gautham, that song placement was unexpected and visuals were awesome. Very soulful, very expressing.

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 got the whole audience cheering and applauding in my theater. Gautham Menon used this shift in Kaaka Kaaka also when the movie starts with the hero getting hit with a bullet which is cut to a fast paced romantic number, the unforgettable ‘Uyirin Uyire’.

‘Paarkka Paarkka, Pesa Pesa… Love’

There’s something about sitting down in a theater and watching a great musical that takes your breath away. Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar, Mani Ratnam’s OK Kanmani, Gautham Menon’s own Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaya. Let me just say this… It is awesomeness to watch a musical at theatre where the audience erupts in applause for each song. I will definitely see this move again.

‘I Love You… Unnai Mudhal Thadavai Paarththathilirunthu’

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