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APK | December 24, 2006
Rating: ** (***** Very Good, **** Good, *** Fair, ** Average, * Bad)
Cast: Udaykiran, Vimala Raman, Prakashraj and Others.
Cinematography: Biju Viswanath.
Direction: K. Balachander.
Banner: Duet Movies.
Release Date: 23rd December, 2006.
The veteran director, K. Balachander roped in Uday Kiran for his latest movie, Abaddam. Sadly, this movie is stuck in the 80s-90s mode, and nowhere close to the masterpieces he made at one point of time, namely Akali Rajyam and Idi Katha Kadu among a 100 other movies he wrote and directed. He has a penchant for unhappy endings, but here the ending is happy, mostly because you are glad it has ended.
Plot: Vemana is the son of a politician Kalidasa, who refuses to give him a leg-up in his career. Fed-up, he joins the rival party, messes his life up, runs away to Colombo and stays there for six weeks. Before he leaves, his mother asks him not to lie, but he does, and what happens next in Colombo is the rest of the plot. He meets one girl, Shilpa, who he falls for, and a love triangle is formed between the duo and her childhood sweetheart. There is one surreal track with a foul-mouthed man who comes alive out of a sketch he makes, and Prakash Raj playing the personification of fate.
Story, Screenplay & Direction: One thing is clear-there was no script with which to shoot. Because if there was, it wouldn't have made sense to anyone who read it. Even a man with 100 movies behind him can loose his touch at 76, and no issues. He gave big movies, created stars out of actors and actors out of stars and set many a trend in his time.
The pace is bad, it makes one squirm in their seats. Secondly, the editing department did not do their job. These two things break the movie, along with the fact that the dubbed version in Telugu did not work out. There are wordings in Tamil, slang words which are not translated well and do not work here in AP. For example: 'LLA' or 'Lakaram' is pronounced differently in Tamil and the whole sequence involving its pronunciation never clicks here, even though the song is hummable.
It has some good moments, but few and far along. There is some humor and the usual one-liners, but it doesn't save the flick.
Music: The music is not bad, and three of the songs are above average.
Performances: Uday Kiran's comeback doesn't go as well as he'd have hoped for, because the movie is out-dated and the ending terribly clichéd. But as far as his performance is concerned, he does his job. He is a young actor who can be molded, and there is no denying his potential as the quintessential chocolate boy. Vimala debuts as Shilpa, and she does well for a first timer. For everyone else, the dubbing was not up to the mark.
Last Word: (One big abaddam: Abaddam is watchable.) The preachy speech in the end spoils the interesting surreal track with some witty dialogue which was the only saving grace. Abaddam is out-dated.