Movie Review : 'Aamait Asal...' - A Winner with Mass appeal
Anitha S Daijiworld Media Network
Mangalore, May 16: Tulu film industry is on a roll with two Tulu movies being released within a span of one week, something unheard of in the history of Tulu Movies. The release of ‘Aamait Asal Eemait Kusal’ (AAEK) by young and debutant director Ranjan Raghu Shetty was eagerly looked forward to by the industry as the movie was slated for release in January and finally its release co-incised with another Tulu movie, “Bangarada Kural” after a delay of three months.
With Vijaykumar Kodialbail tasting unprecedented success with “oriyardori asal” and setting new benchmarks for Tulu movie industry, the release of AAEK was awaited with bated breath. Much to the respite of all, the movie AAEK succeeds in living up to the expectations of the general public giving them wholesome entertainment and sending them in a riot of laughter with clean comedy.
AAEK is a comedy film based on Shakespeare’s play “A Comedy of Errors”. It is erroneous to expect the movie in the same league as Bollywood’s best comedy film Gulzar’s “Angoor” starring late Sanjeev Kumar and Deven Verma. But AAEK is certainly a complete family entertainer and is technically brilliant, what with young and upcoming talent of Bollywood involved in the making of the film. Compared to other Indian movies it may look like a short movie (1hr 50 mts). But it is crisp though short and sweet simply because the director has not succumbed to the temptation of unnecessarily cramming it with out-of- the-plot songs, which is quite common in the Indian film industry.
Identical Twins with Mistaken Identities
The story revolves around two sets of identical twins with the same names Vijay and Raju – both as servants and masters who went asunder when they were toddlers. When they become orphan due to quirk of fate they are adopted by two different people and the movie is about their mistaken identities and the resulting consequences. The plot thickens and climaxes with the two separated pairs banging into each other after a gap of almost three decades causing bewilderment and further compounding the problems that arose due to their mistaken identities. Though it is a common story familiar to most people, the plot is handled with consummate ease by giving it a touch of novelty. In the absence of suspense in the story, it is the treatment of the story adaptation and the performance of the artistes that holds the viewer’s attention till the end.
Veteran Tulu comedy actor Navin D Padil and newcomer Jyothish Shetty essay the roles of identical roles (both double role).
While comedian Navin Padil is a seasoned artiste, newcomer Jyothish Shetty has done justice to his role matching the brilliance of Padil. Navin Padil excels in his roles both as an innocent buddu servant and as a small time pick-picketer having a nice time along with his master sharing the booty of their loot. His mannerisms, body language and dialogue delivery stands out in the entire movie. It can be safely said that he has given a new flavor to comedy. Bhojaraj Vamanjoor has made a guest appearance in the movie and has a short role. Tulu artiste Sai Krishna, who is also the Associate Director of the movie, has also acted in a short but double role in the film.
Lead actresses of the movie are Sukhanya Rai, Sarita Shetty, Shilpa Kotian and Akshata Marla but none of them have much of a role in the movie. There are only two songs in the movie and picturization of one of the songs is done brilliantly.
One of the songs sung by Shankar Mahadevan’s son Siddharth Mahadevan (Kanneda Bimba) is shot well and is quite hummable. Cinematographer Saleel Pathak, a youngster, has done marvelous job. That young minds are involved in making the film is quite evident to discerning and avid film watchers.
The movie, a product of young producers Ranjan and Surya Menon’s desire to do something for their mother-tongue Tulu are alumni of Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods and that brilliance is visible all through in the movie. Ranjan and his team has delivered a hit in AAEK thus alleviating well-nigh all fears of all those who treated success of O-O-Asal of Kodialbail as an aberration or as an exception to the rule. If the movie is good and succeeds in its main motto of entertaining with mass appeal there is nothing that can stop it from finding acceptance among people of all hues. AAEK comes out a winner in that respect. Watch this movie during this summer holidays along with your school/college going children.