About 147 kilometres southeast of Bangkok, facing the Gulf of Thailand, is Pattaya – a bustling tourist spot with a beguiling range of attractions and not to forget, a happening nightlife.
No, I am not too bent on describing what Pattaya has to offer. So let’s leave that part to Amar (Prithviraj), Akbar (Jayasurya) and Anthony (Indrajith) – three friends who save up for the trip of a lifetime to our very own Pattaya. The eventful trip begins with the movie Amar Akbar Anthony, which asks viewers to lean in, laugh along and experience a joyride.
Novice director Nadhirshah can heave a sigh of relief as he almost brings to perfection the poster boys of today’s youth who understand only the grammar of selfies, fashion and Facebook.
As the plot effortlessly switches between comedy and thriller, Nadhirshah skilfully maintains the pace, like a seasoned director. A smooth blend of humour and satire, the script lends seamless continuity to the movie, all thanks to debut scriptwriters Bipin George and Vishnu Unnikrishnan.
Recreating their Classmates magic and a bit more, Prithviraj, Indrajith and handicapped Jayasurya, enthrall the audience with their brilliant comical timing.
Although Prithviraj has already proven his caliber as an actor, as Amar, he seems to be still honing his craft in comedic roles. We have always enjoyed the performances of Jayasurya and Indrajith and one will love them in this one too.
Namitha Pramod was more like a namesake heroine, as the plot doesn’t give much screen space for her. We eagerly wait for one of the boys to win the lady's heart but it’s Baby Fathima who grabs the attention with her cute self.
The performances of Srinda Ashab, KPAC Lalitha, Bindu Panicker and Ramesh Pisharody won’t go unnoticed too. Flavouring the plot with of their funny gimmicks and hilarious dialogues, the supporting actors adeptly help place the movie a few notches above an average movie-goer’s expectations.
Capturing the scenic beauty of Kochi and a host of things such as food, place and girls, cinematographer Sujith Vasudev commendably reproduced just about everything through his frames.
Helmed by Nadhirshah himself, music is another department that deserves a special mention. While the first two songs were like adding a pinch of salt and masala, the song Inno Njaanente by Baby Shreya add the much-needed spice to the buddy comedy, taking listeners to a different world altogether.
The background score by national award winning music composer Bijibal might remind you of the evergreen tunes Manasa Mayine, Dil toh pagal hai, and Titanic.
It’s no coincidence that Nadhirashah's debut is a comedy entertainer but the social issue he touches upon is pointer to a discussion. Sans the over-dramatic second half and the racy climax, the comedic-thriller is a movie every Kochiite can relate to.
To put it straight, Amar Akbar Anthony is a decent debut by Nadirshah with a simple plot that has a tasteful mix of sarcasm and hilarity.
P.S: The terrific ‘trio’ has a leader. Watch out for the fourth lad who does amazing bike stunts.