Achaaram review: A crime drama with songs? What a big bore
A tighter script, better direction and a less distracting background score (hear the 'swish' every time Surya appears on screen) could have turned Achaaram into an absorbing 90-minute plot.movie reviews Updated: Jun 20, 2015 08:53 IST
Cast: Ganesh Venkatraman, Munna, Poonam Kaur
It must have taken a lot of courage for actor Ganesh Venkatraman (seen earlier in small roles in Abhiyum Naanum and Unnaipol Oruvan/A Wednesday in Hindi) to turn a sort of baddie in debutant Mohankrishna's Tamil work, Achaaram (Pact).
In his first ever full-fledged part, Venkatraman plays Surya, the cop -- who is so devastated by the elopement of his fiancee hours before their marriage that he turns a predator from a protector.
At 139 minutes, Achaaram, despite its fast pace, is often bogged down by silly, totally uncalled for, songs and dances that never seem to end. Must Indian cinema still live by the premise that a film must be a "complete" entertainer? Even a crime drama like Achaaram where the protagonist is driven by vengeance and vendetta, must have its quota of songs. Silly, really.But then, when even well established helmers in Indian cinema are not gutsy enough to do this, one hardly expects a newcomer like Mohankrishna to step out of the stereotype sing-song storytelling!
A tighter script, better direction and a less distracting background score (hear the 'swish' every time Surya appears on screen) could have turned Achaaram into an absorbing 90-minute plot.