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The story is set in Mumbai. AK alias Ashok (Ajith) a former bomb disposal specialist and a Dirty Harry type who shoots-the-scums of earth is on a revenge romp. Along with his lady love Maya (Nayanthara), he forcibly ropes in a computer hacker Arjun (Arya) and his lover Anita (Taapsee) into his nefarious plans. How they take revenge on the Home Minister (Mahesh Manjrekar) and his acolytes ( Atul Kulkarni) forms the rest of the story.Written by
The UK release was censored Upon a formal classification the film received a '15' uncut for moments of strong bloody violence and threat. The distributors unsatisfied with this rating resubmitted the film in an edited version (with 52 seconds of footage removed following BBFC advice). The board still found these cuts inadequate and requested that a further 5 minutes be removed. The distributor agreed to these terms and the edited version of the film was classified '12A' for moderate violence and threat.
The cuts made in the UK removed the following:
sight of bloodshed during gun battles, and more detailed blood spurts as characters are shot
crunchier audio as bones are broken
sight of a pistol being rammed into a character's mouth
sight of a cleaver being rammed into a character's head just off-camera
a scene of strong threat in which a family are forced to drink poison by villains who threaten to kill them with knives.
as well as altering another scene of threat in which a child is threatened with a hot iron; which was replaced with a gun in the censored version; the filmmakers also removed a single clear use of strong language 'f**k' although the BBFC posed no objection to this. See more »
Simple stylish class and mass movie for Ajith fans
Watched Aarambam aka Thala 53 (referred title still post production). Aarambam comes a Diwali treat for Ajith fans. It is a usual revenge story that's been going in Tamil cinema for decades. But the fact is it is stylishly presented by the director Vishnuvardhan with his own favorite team of actors. The story is loosely woven around revenge, corruption, terrorism, betrayal, sentiments, Politics and holes in Police department. If we link up all we get is the story which is no way new to us but definitely the director has tried to keep the fast pace throughout the movie though it has got drag moments in the second half. The first half was racy and engaging definitely. Coming to the performances obliviously with no doubt that this is a "Thala"mass movie, so Ajith kumar as Ashok kumar becomes the show stealer has done it very well. No doubt he looked enthusiastic and stylish with his salt and pepper but it was not maintained even throughout the movie sometimes he was looking fat and sometimes muscular. Nayanthara second movie after her come back has given us a power packed performance as Ajith's accomplice with her usual billa type glam sham rendition. Aarya as a jolly out of college hacker has shown us his humor shade throughout the movie which indeed keeps us entertaining. Tapsee looks cute was helpful in keeping the humor line engaged with Aarya as baby- baby lover. Apart from this we have so many support actors Atul gulkarni, Kishore, Rana Dugabatti everyone has done justice to their roles. Technically the story didn't have any creativeness and cannot be compared to Billa or Mankatha. The fact is Ajith playing anti hero role throughout all these franchise movies. Music was so average the songs were place badly didn't help the movie. Cinematography was done well. Verdict: Overall it comes as a stylish but usual revenge tale with lots of charisma and definitely keeps you engaged apart from its drags and logic holes on the second half. No doubt it was above Billa 2 but below Mankatha and Billa 1. Worth watch once and for core Ajith fans they get more than what they expected.
-Reviewed by Sivakumar Balachandran (email@example.com)
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