Achchamundu! Achchamundu is a Tamil social thriller directed by Arun Vaidyanathan, starring Prasanna, Sneha and Emmy Award-winning American film actor John Shea. It is the first film in Indian cinema to be shot with the Red One camera system.
A Telugu dubbed version is to be released as Bhayam. The film was released on 17 July 2009 worldwide, receiving generally highly positive reviews. This film was reportedly one of the rare main stream Tamil films to deal with the subject of pedophiles.
Senthil Kumar (Prasanna) and Malini (Sneha) are a happily married couple in New Jersey, living life like any other born-in-India, arrived-in-the-US couple do. He submerges himself in the office and eats sambhar rice at home and she never misses a bhajan at the temple and shops at Indian stores. They have a daughter Rithika (Akshaya Dinesh), 10 years old, the apple of their eyes (their car’s registration number carries the name of their daughter.)
They have just settled down in a new, spacious home about which Malini, understandably, has fears. The couple squabble amicably about everything from her perpetual laundry and cooking; while Senthil argues with friends about the significance of viboothi (holy ash, usually applied on forehead) and takes his family on weekend trips and birthday parties. It is a normal, happy life in the US until Robertson (John Shea) arrives, to paint the basement. Now, things are never the same at home again.
Robertson’s unusually kind behaviour towards children sets off warning bells in your head especially when he is shown to be a pedophile who exercises like mad within the confines of his home, always moving on towards his next target. How the couple save their child forms the rest of the story.
Directed by Arun Vaidyanathan
Produced by Arun Vaidyanathan, Asma Hashmi, Ananth Govinda, P. Srinivasan, Ramzan Lakhani
Written by Arun Vaidyanathan
Starring Prasanna, Sneha, John Shea, Akshaya Dinesh
Music by Karthik Raja
Cinematography Chris Freilich
Release date(s) 17 July 2009