Say, who is the schmuck that allowed Ulaga Madayan a.k.a. Kamal Haasan to write the story, screenplay and dialogs for his latest embarrassment Manmadhan Ambu.
Must be that half-wit producer Udayanidhi Stalin who’s got a surfeit of money and a paucity of good sense.
Kamal Haasan may know a little bit of what they call the ‘acting thing’ but penning a story, screenplay and dialogs are beyond the lilliputian intelligence of this Ulaga Madayan (universal idiot).
Except for a few brief moments during the first half, Manmadhan Ambu is not remotely entertaining.
An apt analogy for Manmadhan Ambu is that Kamal Haasan managed to get a rare hard-on but couldn’t hold on to it beyond a few seconds and suffered premature release of the vital fluids before he could even unzip his pants.
If you ask us, Kamal Haasan’s poorly penned story is the arch-villain of Manmadhan Ambu.
The second half particularly is so horribly unendurable that we wondered if we’d taken leave of our senses for sitting through the ceaseless deluge of nonsense.
Kamal Haasan plays a private detective Major R.Mannar hired by a tycoon’s hyper-suspicious son Madan Gopal (Madhavan) to follow his fiancee Ambu (Trisha) to Europe to see if she’s having an affair.
The story plods on unhurriedly during the first half and to our surprise there was a twist that raised our expectations. But all hopes were dashed on the jagged rocks of utter incompetence and the tsunami of garbage that came up right after the interval.
It’s as if a troupe of gibbering monkeys were bent on wreaking their worst havoc.
A badly written story in which characters start drinking suddenly, three years pass without our realizing it, kids act like grownups, grownups behave like kids, poorly developed romances are the norm, a wife’s death in a car accident is forgiven without question et al. Besides rank ineptness, all of these betray a complete lack of imagination on the writer’s part.
Confrontations Fall Flat
Some of the key moments in the movie like the confrontation between the characters of Madhavan and Trisha after the accident and between the characters of Kamal Haasan and Trisha after her confession fell so completely flat that we wondered if someone was manning the rudder at all.
Despite a large chunk of the movie being filmed on a cruise ship and in different regions of Europe (Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Venice), the photography was most pedestrian.
We liked the bit in which Kamal Haasan describes his wife (Caroline, the French Girl), and the scenes moving in reverse. By the way, Caroline was cute and made an impression on us in the short role.
As far as acting goes, Kamal Haasan, Madhavan and Sangeeta were alright although none of them covered themselves with glory.
The comedy angle involving film producers ‘Mrs.and Mr.Kurup’ was superfluous and absolute garbage.
Trisha – Bad as Ever
What can we say about Trisha’s non-acting that we haven’t said before.
The creature is a nightmare, fouling up the theater each time she appears on the screen.
Maybe, Tamil Nadu needs another anti-Brahmin movement to rid us of this plague.
Not Worth It
Neither the music nor the picturization lifted the movie out of the cesspool it easily slips into.
Bottom line, Manmadhan Ambu is a piece of trash unworthy of your time or money.
Trivia: Madhavan gets Kamal Haasan’s girl in Anbe Sivam and in Manmadhan Ambu he pays the price for it.
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