Director: P. Ramnath
Actors: Karunas, Navnith Kaur, Kotta and Master Shanker
Tamil cinema’s recent foray into realism has been refreshing, more so it’s social messaging. Once Indian cinema propagated socio-economic values with great finesse. Tamil films were certainly in the forefront of this movement. P. Ramnath’s Ambasamudhiram Ambani looks at ambition and dream within the ambit of honesty, sincerity and hard work in a country where wealth has been largely amassed through unlawful means.
Dhandapani’s (Karunas) proverbial rags-to-riches story in Ambasamudhiram Ambani may be pooh-poohed by cynics as utterly implausible. But the movie does manage to hold on to strings of authenticity, faltering though occasionally.
Although the concept grips you, the style and script are flawed in some ways. Tamil directors and writers invariably fall into the trap of peppering their works with downright buffoonery and vulgar dance numbers. And though the stories largely by themselves may have interesting elements, scripting imperfections mar the narrative. It is never clear, for instance, why the accomplished and beautiful Nandini falls for Dhandapani, unlettered and unattractive. It is too far-fetched a romance that Ambasamudhiram Ambani could have done without. Often, the temptation to infuse a film with just about every aspect of human existence spells disaster, and Ramnath’s work suffers on this count of wanting to give it all.