'Gang Gang Gangster'


By Kaushik L M

Gangster movies have always been that much more special for they have that raw quality which results in a lot of adrenaline rush moments. If you happen to be an action junkie, then double the reason to delight. We have countless examples with directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma and Quentin Tarantino, to name a few, being real experts at this genre. Movies like The Godfather series, Pulp Fiction, Scarface, Goodfellas and The Departed are classics in this genre. Not just in Hollywood, even British directors like Guy Ritchie and Danny Boyle have given memorable flicks in this genre.

If that is the case outside India, even our own movie industry has given us plenty of gangster movies to be proud of. Directors like Ram Gopal Varma have made a living out of making such films, as evidenced by Company, Sarkaar and Sathya. Our own Mani Ratnam, Suresh Krissna and Vishnuvardhan have given us three of the most memorable contemporary dons in the form of Velu Nayakar, Manick Baasha and David Billa respectively. Each of these movies had their own moments of sheer manic rage and aggression, traits that make the gangster genre, one of its kind. Not to forget, Aaranya Kaandam, which takes the crown among all gangster movies in Indian cinema.

Now this Friday, we have another gangster movie getting ready to hit the screens in the form of Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan, A Mafioso Action Love Story. The trailers have already given us a taste of the Bhagavan medicine and we can be assured of a gritty and violent movie, as vindicated by the A certificate. Jayam Ravi, known for his romantic ‘guy next door’ image, has roughed it out for this movie. He has done his own stunts, tried different make-overs and looks majestic in suave and slick outfits. He even narrated to the media, the kind of pain and hard work he had to endure at the hands of his director but all that hard work is expected to bear fruition when the movie releases this Friday. Whether he is a gangster or a CBI officer in this movie is yet to be known with any level of certainty though. 

In all gangster movies, we have an alluring female love interest for the don and in this movie we have Neetu Chandra filling this slot with her sexy presence. We aren’t exactly sure of her role but reports of her action scenes for this movie have given us a prelude of what to expect from Neetu in this movie.

Gangster flicks are generally known to have an international setting and Bhagavan will visit countries like Thailand and Canada in addition to India. Yuvan’s score has an international sound and there are a couple of pulsating and rugged tracks, including the Hindi number Agadam Bagadam and the Bhagavan Rap.

Having been in the making for more than 2 years, Bhagavan deserves a big success not just for its financial stakeholders but also for the fans and actors who have waited patiently this long. With an A certificate, the entertainment tax rebate has been ruled out and Bhagavan has its work cut out at the box-office. But, given the previous track-record of director Ameer, we can be assured of a quality product.

Alas, the gangster genre in Tamil cinema also needs a shot in its arm after the high profile failure of Billa 2 last year. Will Bhagavan turn out to be a box-office monster? Let’s wait and watch.



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