AAA movie review: With confused screenplay, disjointed narrtive, Simbu's film is disappointing

Sreedhar Pillai

Jun,24 2017 11:48 57 IST

2/5

Straight off the bat Silambarasan’s highly hyped Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan (AAA) is hugely disappointing and a crashing bore. The film tests your patience with a confusing screenplay and disjointed narration.

AAA is structured and packaged like some of the mass hero Tamil films of the 1980s and 90s, with a larger than life hero dominating the screen in every frame.

A still from AAA.

The film is basically a dialogue between the star and his fans with large doses of star’s image and his viewpoint on women, romance, love failure, friendship (sample - I will willingly let go of the girl I love but not my best friend), politics (ode to Jallikattu and a character who keeps munching mixture without saying anything,  a reference to TN’s former Chief Minister O Paneerselvam) and machinations of rivals (read Dhanush and Vishal).

The entire film is built on either the hero boasting about himself or other characters praising him to the skies. The film has the longest star opening scene seen in recent times. There are two hero introduction scenes – one has Simbu escaping from a prison by using other prisoners as a human wall and climbing over them and in another he cuts the overhead electric wires around the prison, jumps from a height into a waiting lorry and escapes stylishly saying - sirappu (awesome).

The film opens with Kasturi, a secret agent looking for the most powerful mysterious don in Dubai, known as Madurai Michael. More details about this Madurai Michael is revealed through the next two hours. MM is a lovable rowdy from Madurai who falls in love with a simple girl Selvi (Shreya Saran) and due to certain circumstances is forced to flee the city.

Michael takes a decision to go to Dubai, and no further explanations are given except a cop claiming he’s a dreaded don. Post interval he suddenly becomes Ashwin Thatta, a 58 year old man and a skirt chaser who falls for the beautiful 20 something Ramya (Tamannaah Bhatia). He thinks she is in love with him and when he is about to propose to her, she springs a surprise by saying she is in love with Siva (another Simbu), who is an NRI.

The old man feels cheated and vows to take revenge in part 2.

There is woman-bashing and sexist remarks galore in the film, including a line “Aambala (Boys) always crying,  pombala (Girls) always cheating.”

Should I say anything more?