Achamundu Achamundu Movie Review
The film starts here as:
Senthilkumar (Prasanna) is the stereotypical South Indian NRI settled in the US in a New Jersy Suburb and living the American dream. He has gorgeous devoted and loving wife Malini (Sneha) and she is rooted in Tamil culture insists everybody to speak in Tamil at home including their six year old daughter Rithika (Akshaya).
Senthil is hard working guy who calls the shots in an IT firm and has a successful career. All goes good, till a stranger a white man Robertson (John Shea) comes into their mansion to paint their basement.
The introduction of John Shea gives the turning point to the film. He also became a member in their family. He even made Malini to say He is such a nice gentleman, old enough to be my father.
Later she found that someone is watching their home. She informed that to Senthil. At first, he didn't believe then after seeing him in real he too shocked.
Prasanna played the role of husband as perfectly as a gem and he made his mark in canceling the important presentation in a different city for the safety of his family.
After finding the blacksheep as Robertson, Prasanna decides to make a step that comes in the climax. The movie has have lot of thrilling scenes and moves in suspense.
It is a simple straightforward film and shows clearly the NRI Tambaras way of living in US, their ambitions, joys and fears are well brought out. The performances of Prasanna, Sneha and John Shea make the film too good.
It's a gutsy film because it dares to explore unchartered territories in Tamil cinema and expose the dark side of child abuse and pedophilia lurking in our society.
Prasanna had given his mature performance this time and perfect with his dialogue delivery. Sneha plays Malini with touching sincerity and fears are well brought by the competent actress. Little Akshaya fits the role well.
The real stealer of the show is John Shea and his character well-etched. Technically the film is top class and Karthick's music seeped in classical melody which appears in the film's background proves that he is true inheritor of Raja sir's music.
The director should be appreciated and lauded for his treatment of a sensitive subject, without ever turning his camera into a voyeur.
Achamundu Achamundu had a great first half then the film tends to slow down in the second half. There are only minor flaws and with fine acting and crisp dialogues, debutant NRI director Arun Vaidyanathan's Achamundu Achamundu is alternative cinema with finesse.