Azhaguraja

The Karthi Starrer “ All In All Azhaguraja which got released for this diwali , has karthi and santhanam teaming up once gain to entertain the audience. However the film has failed to provide maximum laughs to the viewers. With three straight hits Rajesh never looks to be running out of flicks that have comedy as the core. Having said that, all of his previous movies had immense dependency on Santhanam who is not just side tracked as a comedian but as a character that is given equal screen space with the hero. And there is no difference in AAA as Karthi and Santhanam try reinventing their comedy chemistry yet again. Joining with them is hot and happening Kajal, Renuka, Prabhu and Saranya as well. So what is AAA all about, let’s take a peek

Karthi is Raja the local TV channel owner, his suave and carefree attitude is intact as he seem to adore and portray in AAA as well. And predictably Santhanam is his assistant Kalyanam and the usual witty and idiosyncratic lad. The two seem to have a special bond from the days of Siruthai and even though the chemistry is recursive, parts of it would find a special place. As in all other Rajesh’s movies, where the plot is wafer thin, screenplay riding high on one liners and situation comedy, this time Rajesh tried to weave out various subplots. Kollywood sees Rajesh as Mr. Dependable and as a director who could do no wrong whatsoever, but sadly this is not the case in AAA. He is best known to milk humor out of a thin storyline without much trouble, but in AAA he tries to bring out various subplots with humor not flowing along but injected intentionally. Though Karthi and Santhanam try their best, and that is solely the dependable mantra
Rajesh’s movies carry the USP of one liners and BEB, OKOK and Boss had a horde of them, AAA is no different and they seem to have so many of them with Santhanam over using it. This laughathons falls way short. Kajal as the love interest of Karthi plays the normal heroine character delegated to a South Indian actress, though charming and elegant looking you could only look at her pitifully. Through her infinite attempts to make it big, she seem to be the spot of ridicule when it comes to Karthi as he seem to be pulling her leg all through the movie. In a way you seem to feel the director has crossed the line as the antics Karthi puts up in jokes around Kajal seem to be funny, but it’s a question of slaughtering her self confidence in trying to convince her she is best as a Housewife and that is an achievement.
Music by Thaman has it going in Unna Partha song which deserves praise for the music,choreography and the set there is a feel of Prabhu from the 80’s, kudos to the entire team.Kollywood sees Rajesh as Mr. Dependable and as a director who could do no wrong whatsoever, but sadly this is not the case in AAA. He is best known to milk humor out of a thin storyline without much trouble, but in AAA he tries to bring out various subplots with humor not flowing along but injected intentionally. Though Karthi and Santhanam try their best, and that is solely the dependable mantra.

Santhanam and Karthi go about pulling of comic capers all around the frames and Karthi’s body language takes a special mention in his role as the 80’s Prabhu, the flashback is well carved even though the director fails to give a concrete reason. And then it’s the same when it comes to Santhanam’s Chopra character, an umpteenth attempt in Tamil Cinema to try the humor with this concept.

Karthi’s mission to make his channel as the leading one in the town and then get married takes a turn when he meets the love of his life, and assisting him is sidekick, friend Santhanam in Karthi’s every single attempt. The old-timers do well on their part; especially MS Bhaskar deserves a
special mention. Karthi is best when it comes to timing comedy and he breezes through when the scenes get uncanny. So is Santhanam, every time we think he is getting stereotypical his bunch of gimmicks always win our laughs without a doubt. Rajesh’s movies always have a soft corner for moms and Saranya/Prabhu play the perfect parents someone could ask for.
The length of the movie works against it and with the absence of scenes which will make you roll over in boisterous laughter, the movie could have used some trimming.With a run time of around 180 minutes the film tries to bask on Santhanam quite too much an option which looks too costly to buy.