Misery rains down on Indians in diverse forms.
Mine came trekking all the way from the People’s Republic of Rotten Movies (a.k.a. Kollywood) bearing the infantile title Arrambam (Beginning).
Arrambam debuted at several theaters in the U.S. Wednesday evening and I sat through the punishing ordeal of watching the premiere show at a theatre on the East Coast.
A clueless dilettante director named Vishnuvardhan has cobbled up a harebrained story, gathered the four dregs of Tamil cinema, Ajith Kumar, Nayantara, Arya and Taapsee Pannu, and regurgitated a wretched piece of trash in the form of Arrambam.
It’s one of the great afflictions of Tamil cinema that as ‘actors’ drift into the grey hair zone their acting and movies regress into vile territory.
And there’s no better example of regressive trash than Ajith Kumar’s new film Arrambam.
Although hyped as an action thriller, Arrambam is actually a gallimaufry of tiresome themes – Terrorism, corruption, scams, revenge, a rotten system, romance and inappropriate comedy (Arya’s character).
Ajith Kumar is Ashok, depicted in the early part of the movie as a terrorist, shooting at policemen and triggering fiery explosions.
As the movie drags on, we learn Ashok was previously a sincere bomb-disposal police officer who fell foul of venal politicians and crooked cops after exposing corruption in purchase of sub-standard bullet-proof vests that cost the life of his friend and colleague Sanjay (Telugu film star Rana Daggubati) in an anti-terrorist operation. The rest of the movie is a revenge trip, with Ajith killing the corrupt police officer, mowing down a bunch of terrorists and blasting the crooked politician to smithereens.
Arya plays the hacker Arjun coerced into joining Ashok’s nefarious activities. There’s also a unwatchable love track between Arjun and a TV reporter played by Taapsee Pannu.
As if the pathetic, confused story-line and amateurish acting were not trials enough, we had to endure the torture of sub-par dialogs and noise fobbed off as music. Picturization of every song was hideous beyond description but Stylish Thamizhachi descended to new depths in Tamil cinema.