Amaram Akhilam Prema Review: Outdated and stereotypical tale, performances make it bearable
Richard Mahesh -
What is the story about?
A doting father (Srikanth Iyengar) is so much possessive about his daughter Akila (Shivshakthi Sachdev) that he doesn’t like any guys proposing her. However, she loses her father’s love due to a mistake she committed. Things take a turn when a happy-go-lucky chap Amar (Vijay Ram) enters into her life. Torn between the dark past, ambitions and emotions, the story traverses through the ambitious journey of Akila to win back her father's love.
The first question that would pop up in one’s mind after watching the film is how director Jonathan Edwards pen a script did that is too time-worn. We have come across such stories from the ancient times till the date, where the emotional feud among the relationships happens to be the basic crux. Besides, the concept of stalking in the name of love is literally disgusting. Women are either shown Tomboyish in female-centric films or the ones succumbing to such stalking, who later fall in love with the same in this type of movies. The writers need to rethink and come up with a firm decision of delineating love in a proper light. Half the movie, we find the protagonist perturbing a girl by relentlessly following her. He even walks into the heroine’s house pretending to be a cable operator and almost becomes an unpaid servant doing chores. The biggest disgusting part is the boy’s mom awestricken by her son’s genius idea of stalking and disturbing a girl. Nonetheless, the story does find some escalation, when the flashback is revealed on what actually changed the course of Akila’s life. Even the scenes involving the father’s affinity towards his daughter looks slightly odd. Of course, nothing beats a father’s love for her daughter and such justifications can be pretty well accepted. The final moments although predictable manages to make up for the fallible writing of its erstwhile sequences. With the star-cast having some talented actors, the director could have fine-tuned the script much more efficiently.
If not for the performances of all the artistes, one would quit watching the film halfway. The actors here have taken up the job seriously. Shivshakthi Sachdev has given her best performance. Any other actress would have actually remained clueless on how to emote as there isn’t anything for this role to deliver. It neither gets indulged in any action nor does it have any lengthy dialogues. It completes travels on the emotions that it carries and Shivshakthi convincingly delivers it. Vijay Ram is good by giving away natural performance. It’s a role that will annoy the audiences for the abovementioned reasons, but sooner, it does gain our sympathy as well. Innocuousness that Vijay Ram exhibits in his expressions and performance makes us appreciate him. The adamancy seen through the characterization of Srikanth Iyengar’s performance is commendable.
Music & Other Departments
Radhan’s musical score is groovy when it comes to melodies, but we do faintly sense of shades of his Arjun Reddy album. The background score is okay. Cinematography is neat and appreciable and the art department has done a good job.
- Emotions work out in a few sequences
- Hackneyed plot - Stalking in the name of ‘Love’ is unacceptable - Screenplay
Did I enjoy it?
Actually No! But the performance of actors and few emotional quotients made it endurable.
Do I recommend it?
Maybe, if they don’t have anything big to invest their leisure time on.