Amar Akbar Anthony-Review
Amar Akbar Anthony
Saturday 17 October 2015
It is pretty clear from the beginning that mimicry artiste turned filmmaker Nadir Shah has made his debut venture, Amar Akbar Anthony, to be a laugh riot that is not meant to be taken too seriously. And it is to the credit of its scenarists and the director that it succeeds in what is intended, with some hard-hitting messages as bonus.
Amar (Prithviraj) works in a mall, Akbar (Jayasurya) is a lift operator and Anthony (Indrajith) is a pizza delivery boy. They come from a modest colony in Kochi and the trio saves money to have fun at Pattaya, some day.
The entire first half of the film is peppered with the kind of comedy that we come across in the mimicry skits. If you are the kind who enjoys such humour, it’s a fabulous treat. Still, there are no double meaning jokes and it has been packaged competently not make you bored at any point of time.
The film becomes more engaging in the second half and there are some surprise twists as well, which gives it all a genuine feel.
The eagerness to generate laughs at every juncture, like at the house where a death has happened, is not certainly in a great taste for sure. We don’t want to play spoilsports by discussing the surprise turnarounds for sure, but some of the messages that the film conveys towards the end may be popular but rather immature for sure.
In his debut venture, Nadir Shah has gone for the Siddique-Lal kind of presentation, where the story takes some serious turn towards the middle of the second half that will end some minutes before the climax. The scriptwriter duo needs a pat on their back for their maiden effort. Sujith Vaassudev’s visuals are good.
The three young heroes have performed their roles with great dedication. Prithviraj perhaps has an edge among the trio, but there has been a certain balancing, which is fabulous.
There are several instances when Prithviraj laughs at himself and it takes a hero to do that. When he says he doesn’t know English at all, the viewers know what he is referring to are those real life comments for which he was targeted some time back.
Jayasurya and Indrajith have displayed their ability to handle comic sequences in the past and here, the two are in great form. Namita Pramod has nothing much to do other than to come up with her trademark laugh, which she flashes quite often.
How much you enjoy Amar Akbar Anthony will depend on your liking for loud, verbal comedy. Even if you are not a great fan of such jokes, this film can keep you entertained. Grab a box of popcorn and enjoy this one!
Verdict: Time Pass