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Audithya wasted in Ambi

The film is centred on Ambi, a contract killer working under a big don Annaji.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 13:21 IST

Film: Ambi
Cast: Audithya, Maanya, Shobharaj, Kishore, Bullet Prakash, Shankar Aswath, Panchami, Chitra Shenoy and others
Director: Nagendra Prasad
Producer: N Kumar
Music director: Nagendra Prasad

The tragedy of Ambi is that it does not fall under any specific genre. You cannot call it a full-blooded action film or a family drama. It is not a comedy either. It is just a mixture of everything but none of them in the right proportions or right place.

Audithya, who is seen as an action hero after the release of his previous film Deadly Soma, could have strengthened his image with the film but the lack of action sequences mars his chances.

It seems Ambi, which is the 25th film from N Kumar's Lakshmi Production house, won't repeat the success story of their previous releases.

The film is centred on Ambi, a contract killer working under a big don Annaji. And the police of three countries are trying to nab the dreaded criminal.

Ambi's life takes a new turn when he comes in contact with Pallavi, a television journalist, through a wrong mobile call connection.

Ambi and Pallavi, who have not seen each other, often talk on phone and eventually Ambi falls in love with her.

Pallavi meets Ambi during her work, but fails to recognise him. However, on phone she suggests that he should give up crime and lead a normal life.

Knowing that Pallavi detests criminals, Ambi decides to surrender and informs Annaji. But Annaji double-crosses him and kills his trusted friends. An enraged Ambi takes revenge but he also gets his love Pallavi.

Prasad, who wears many hats, is convincing as a writer. Some of his dialogues and lyrics are good but the lack of homework weakens the script.

For example, dreaded criminals are seen surrendering in the civil court. The investigative officer, tracking a hardcore criminal, acts like a buffoon.

Maanya has a good role, but is found wanting in many sequences. Panchami shines in the mother's role. Shobharaj and Shankar Aswath respond to the needs of their ill-defined characters.

The comedy track is lifted from Nagarjuna's Super and Bullet Prakash overacts in many scenes.

First Published: May 15, 2006 13:21 IST