Arambam review


Arambam is a 2013 Indian Tamil action thriller film directed by Vishnuvardhan. Produced by A. Raghuram and co-written by Subha, the film will feature Ajith, Aarya, Nayantara and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles.

While the score and soundtrack of the film were composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, the cinematography was handled jointly by PS Vinod and Om Prakash and editing by A. Sreekar Prasad.

Movie: Arambam
Directed by Vishnuvardhan
Produced by A. Raghuram
Written: Vishnuvardhan, Subha
Star Cast: Ajith as Ashok, Aarya, Nayantara, Taapsee Pannu, Rana Daggubati, Mahesh Manjrekar, Atul Kulkarni, Suman Ranganathan as Ramya, Kishore, Akshara Gowda as Deeksha, Krishna, Prashant Nair, Lee Whittaker
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Om Prakash
Editing: A. Sreekar Prasad
Studio: Sri Satya Sai Movies

Arambam : Old wine in a stylish bottle

This time it is Thala Diwali, with Ajith sizzling the screen with Arambam! He has good support with Aarya, Nayantara, Taapsee Pannu, Rana Daggubati and a horde of cast.

Arambam is a flick where style meets action in a predicted way trying to make it big counting on Ajith‘s tremendous performance. The story in limelight is the usual Old wine in new bottle and as always the presentation counts and that has made all the difference.


The beginning

The plot is not something out of the box, a tale of vengeance and finding justice for the lost ones, and in this case Ajith‘s friend Rana is the victim who loses his life in a lethal battle between the baddies. Ajith is furious when he comes to know the death of his pal is all because of the low quality bullet proof vest and he sets about to find out the who’s-and -what’s of it. As he sets about to seek revenge, what he encounters through the journey is a simple one liner on what this movie is all about.

Through the first half we are made to ponder who Ajith is and his modus operandi, and the screenplay sort of drags through the style quotient. The man is mass and there is no doubt about it, the body language he carries through the movie is phenomenal. He joins Nayantara and kidnaps hacker Aarya to find out some leads. In a way the movie gets a little predictable as the flashback reveals the story behind the vengeance.

Aarya as the hacker is a fun riot and the introduction scene as a college student brings the floor down with laughter. He is quite comfortable in his role of a hacker and there are no qualms whatsoever on his role. Tapsee playing the love interest of Aarya and she has little to offer through the script. Ajith kidnaps her to get the help of Aarya and that’s about it.


So the gang of tech savvy style quoted guys set about to seek revenge and bring justice, and do they succeed in their mission? That is to watch and find out. The film undoubtedly rides high on Ajith‘s shoulders and the mass, style which he exhibits is amazing. The salt and pepper look gives him the awe inspiring look and brings amazing connect to the movie, thanks to the director for putting paramount belief.

Hot and Wet Nayantara
Hot and Wet Nayantara

Nayantara is yet again the modish gal and she deserves applause on her roles as well. And as mentioned earlier, Aarya is cool and suave looks his usual best with his comic timings. The rest of the cast is adequate and do justice to their roles with appropriate performances.

Vishnuvardhan and Subha have come up with rather a done and dusted story-line, but as usual the screenplay is the key. Few of the scenes move snail paced but when you watch it as a whole the pace is strong and swift.

Yuvan Shankar Raja‘s music is trend setting and he gives a fitting BGM for the style soaked movie, the songs are superbly carved. And the visuals by Om Prakash is a wonder too, the songs, the action sequences all seem to be uplifted with a chic feel.


Ergo, a movie that Ajith fans would love to watch it all over again and if you are not an Ajith fan you would love it for the style and screenplay!

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  1. Ajith’s Arrambam, which hit the screens this morning, witnessed bumper openings all over Tamil Nadu. Theatres which screened the movie saw a festival scene, as fans fired crackers, performed ‘paal abishekams’ to Ajith cut-outs and distributed sweets. Some cinema halls started screenings as early as 3 am, to meet the demand from the fans. As huge crowd thronged in front of theatres, arterials roads in Chennai witnessed trafffic jams. As a result, police personnel had to arrive at theatres to regulate traffic. Meanwhile, fans who had watched the movie have expressed their complete satisfaction. ‘Ajith has rocked. We loved each and every scene. This is a perfect Deepavali gift from the Thala. Our thanks to director Vishnuvardhan,’ said a group of friends, which was coming out of a theatre in Chennai this morning.

  2. A city civil court on Wednesday dismissed an interim application seeking to restrain the release of Ajith-starrer ‘Arrambam’.

    The film is slated for release on Thursday.

    Judge S. Muruganantham dismissed the interim application in a suit filed by K. Kannan, a film producer, who claimed the film’s release had to be put off because he had already registered a film with a similar name and commenced production.

  3. Ajith starrer Arambam directed by Vishnuvardhan has taken a massive opening as expected with a huge number of theatres such as Jyothi, Ambattur Murugan, Devi Karumari, Chrompet Vetri, Ambattur Rakki, AGS Villavakkam, and AGS OMR in and around Chennai screening the film right from 6 am to 9 am as special shows. The film which also stars Arya, Nayanthara and Taapsee in the lead has been getting mixed response among the audience.

    All the shows are running to packed houses and the film is having an amazing opening like never before. With Diwali releases All in All Azhaguraja and Pandiya Nadu set to hit the screens on November 2, Arrambam has gained more screens until these two films hit the screens.

    Directed by Vishnuvardhan, the film produced by Sri Sathya Sai Movies also has Rana Daggubati in key role with music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.

  4. Ajith’s ‘Arrambam’ has taken a humongous opening today across the globe. The movie has already been watched by people from other countries, thanks to premiere shows. There were also special shows for fan clubs in Chennai from as early as 3 AM today morning. According to the people who have watched the film, it is Ajith’s charisma that has held the movie completely. Ajith looks energetic throughout the movie and he is involved in many twists in the film.

    Vishnuvardhan seems to have penned a very racy screenplay and the movie is engaging throughout. Also, the supporting actors, namely, Arya, Nayanthara, Taapsee and Rana have given good performances. On the technical front, Yuvan’s music is said to be elevating the movie and Om Prakash’s camera work is brilliant too. Watch this space for our exclusive critic review later this afternoon.

  5. #Arrambam is a stylish entertainer. It will definitely please Ajith fans as well as families. The movie should definitely become a HIT.

    Great acting from the whole cast. Everyone played their roles well and it made the movie more enjoyable. Fantastic cast.

    Movie’s BGM could have been better. BGM from Mankatha was more enjoyable. This could have been improved.

    The visuals for all the songs were simply amazing! All songs were enjoyable and even families will enjoy it too.

    The story is not unique, but regardless, it is pleasant to watch. The climax was satisfying and will please many Ajith fans.

    The songs are appealing to listen to on the big screen. Children will enjoy most the songs! Good music overall.

    The first half is super racy, and very well packaged. Second half is slower but still very pleasant to watch on the screen.

    The movie is not as good as Mankatha in certain aspects. But the message at the end of Arrambam is strong. Well put together.

    Ajith – 4.5/5. Aarya – 4.5/5. Tapsee – 3.5/5. Nayan – 4/5. BGM – 2.5/5.

    Strong points = acting, songs, visuals.

    Weak points: Story could have been better, BGM and speed of second half.

    #Arrambam will definitely become a hit/blockbuster -no doubt. Anyone can enjoy it including families! Hats off to @vishnu_dir for the treat!

    #Arrambam – FINAL VERDICT / SCORE = 3.5/5. One of Ajith’s best movies recently, with good visuals, songs and a great cast! Go and enjoy!


  7. Ajith starrer “Arambam” is all set to have a massive release in theatres worldwide tomorrow (31 October)

    “Arambam” will reportedly release in more than 500 screens in Tamil Nadu for the first two days, after which the screen count will drop to accommodate other Tamil releases, such as “All in All Azaghuraja” and “Pandiya Nadu.”

    Advance booking for “Arrambam” is phenomenal and the Ajith starrer is expected to get an earth-shattering response on its first day. Some theatres are reportedly planning an early morning show at 5 am to appease the fans.

    The film is expected to take a thunderous opening and make good collections, thanks to Ajith, known as the undisputed king of opening. Expectations are sky high for the film as the actor has teamed up with director Vishnu Vardhan for the second time, post the success of their 2007-blockbuster “Billa.”

    “Arambam” fever has not just gripped India but is also generating a lot of buzz in key overseas markets including the US, the UK and the Middle East. According to reports, booking for the film is taking place at a brisk pace in these parts of the world.

    The Ajith starrer is reportedly an action-packed entertainer with all the commercial elements. “If you want to have a blast, ‘Arrambam’ is your answer. We have done everything in our power to entertain you and I have to thank my team for that. They are the best!,” the film’s director was quoted as saying by Behindwoods.

    While Ajith’s presence will ensure the film a good opening, it has to be seen if it will be able to break records set by the actor’s previous films. His 2011-release “Mankatha” had the biggest opening for a Tamil film in that year. Meanwhile, “Billa 2”, which released in 2012, gave Ajith his biggest opening in recent years.

    Besides Ajith, “Arrambam” has an interesting star-studded cast, including Arya, Nayanthara, Taapsee Pannu and Mahesh Manjrekar, while Telugu actor Rana Daggubati appears in a cameo.

    The film’s cinematography is handled by Om Prakash and editing is done by A Sreekar Prasad. Its music was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.

  8. Ajith and Rana are cop friends with a usual flashback. Aarya helper for ajith. ajith loves daughter of Rana NAYAN WHO IS NOT AT LL CHARMING.Film paarthaal nangu thookkam varu, SURE FLOP.

  9. Arambam is a stylish entertainer. It will definitely please Ajith fans but not all families. The movie should definitely be classified as ordinary film..

  10. Strong point; CAST AND MUSIC

  11. The movie is not as good as Mankatha in certain aspects. But the message at the end of Arambam is strong. Well put together.Film due to slow second half and climx not appealing. just watch.

    very very ordinary film
    you have written the rvoew like Thala fan
    film deserves less than 2 rating only

  13. Movie is a flop sorry . POOR Story.. It’s a Revenge Story for ajith frnd Rana’s Death.. Ajith n Rana Are Friends and Cops(- Flashback).. Opening Scene Ajithin Adada Arrambamea Song.. Villain Is a minister Doing Illegal Activities on account of which Rana Died So Tat Revenge Starts From There.. Rana Oda Sis Nayantara.. Nayantara Va Vachu Hacker Arya Pidikkuraan.. Then Arya Va Vachu Villain Oda Big Tv Network Ah Hack Paniduran Ajith.. Inbetween Arya Tapsee Love Scenes.. In Another Side Villain Dealin Wit Terrorists.. Terrorists Villain Daughter Ah Kadatha Plan Panraanga Adhukkula Ajith Andha Ponnu Ah Brianwash Pani Codeword Vachu Villain Properties Um Thookiduran.. Climax La Tapsee Ah Villain Kadathiduran Terrorists Villain Ponna Kadathiduranga.. Avangala Kaapaatha Arya ajith Um Poraanga Apo Arya n Ajith Ah Apdi Ipdinu Twist Pani Vara Vaikiraanga Apo Ajith Terrorists Gang Kita Poiduran Arya Villain Kita Poraan(minister ).. Climax- l Fight(Nayanthara n Villain Daughter Died).. Finally Villain Blackmoney Ah Lam Indian Government Ku Kuduthutu Escape Aagidurar.- stroy not suitable for tamil films- second half is simply boring- first half o.k. on the while film is not good- very average film – one more flop for ajith

  14. ppor editing
    poor flashback
    poor story
    poor direction
    good cast
    good music
    good vissual
    on the whole the film is flop

  15. Arambam Review From A Neutral Fan In Saudhi

    Hi friends first I need to question mr.vishnuvarthan ethukuthan evolo scene 100 years tamil cinema revenge thana da story enavo pudusa eduthama mari builtup fight supera iruku dance mayiru mari iruku screenplay ajith thala mari vala vala nu kevalama iruku ajith paavam da manushana vachi olunga padam edunga da saamy worst movie in ajith life nu sollamaten but sutha waste

    Naan Arambam Padam Nalla Illanu Sollala Nalla Irundha Nallaa Irukum Nu Sollavaren

    Waste Of Time My Rating 2/5 This 2 Only For Ajith Actin

  16. No Promotions, No Audio Launch, even Title of the movie was revealed only during post-production, Lead Actor didn’t occupy TV Screens with his presence or go around the globe for Promotions, but tickets have been sold out much faster than IRCT Deepavali Train Tickets. It can happen only to the KING OF OPENING – Thala Ajith. Vishnuvardhan’s last 2 movies (Sarvam & Panjaa –Telugu) didn’t succeed at the box office. Ajith’s last movie Billa 2 didn’t satisfy the Common Man, but even then the expectation for Arrambam was SKY HIGH. Even after giving an ordinary movie, only Ajith can have a thunderous opening for his next movie.

    91 Shows in a Multiplex (Mayajaal) on a single day, 80% of the multi-screen theaters will be running only Arrambam for the first 2 days on all screens, Single screen theaters which were releasing AAA & Pandiya Naadu on 2nd Nov (Saturday), had bought Arrambam for a huge price for releasing it in their theaters for just 2 days. Almost all the shows for the first 4 days are full, which means, approximately 1000 shows are full. Though the movie releases in record number of theaters in Tamil Nadu, people are finding it difficult to even get a single seat for the first week. This clearly shows that movie is not only expected by AJITH Fans but also the general public. Initial Collection Report for the movie is definitely going to be a RECORD one without any doubt.

    Let us see whether Ajith + Vishnu combo satisfies Ajith Fans & Common Man yet again in this review.

    Story: There was rumour going around that movie is inspiration of Hollywood Movie “Sword Fish”. Arrambam is based on real life incident and it is not inspiration from any movie in the world. Theme of the movie is social oriented one and it much needed one for our NATION. Story of the movie can be written within a line or two, but the screenplay of the movie in the first half was extremely fast and will satisfy anyone whoever watches the movie. Story of the movie is too predictable, hence second half with scenes which are similar to previous movies, may look like little dragging for the common audience.

    Ajith – In the first half, Ajith almost plays Villain role. After Superstar, only Thala can do a negative role & gets applause from the audience.. His Introduction scene in the movie was a normal one, but even then his fans will like it. In the first half, he looks extremely stylish & charming. His Charismatic looks with cute expressions in the first half will be a Visual Treat for everyone and fans may watch the movie thrice for the first half alone. His role in the second half is quite different from the first half; he has really underplayed it in the flash back. Though it is a multistarrer movie, he carries the whole movie on his own shoulders asusual. He even drives his favourite Ducati in a scene. You can see the hardwork & dedication of Ajith in various scenes. This will be one of the best movies in his career.

    Almost all the supporting actors (Arya, Nayanthara, Taapsee) have got good screen presence in the movie. Arya’s characterization in the movie was too good and he has done a commendable job. He occupies the screen for 15 minutes after Ajith’s introduction song. His scenes in the movie were really good and he has wonderful dialogues praising Thala in the second half. Nayanthara has equal screen presence along with Ajith and has acted well. Taapsee looks beautiful and fits the character.

    Rana Daggubati – He plays a cameo role and his role in the movie is very important one

    Kishore – He is one of the very talented actors in Tamil Cinema. He has got a meaty role in the movie and has done complete justice to the role.

    Yuvan Shankar Raja’s BGM gives the much needed build-up for the person who has stoled millions of hearts. But, when compared to Mankatha, his BGM in this movie was not upto the mark. Choreography could have been better. Ajith tries to dance in the intro song. Dance – who cares? If Ajith shakes his hand, it is much more than enough for his fans.

    8 National Award Winning Editor Sreekar Prasad has done a fantabulous job in the first half of the movie. He could have edited few more scenes in the second half. Movie looks little dragging with predictable story & usual scenes in the second half.

    Cinematographer Omprakash . Each & every scene in the movie looks colourful & stylish.

    Director Vishnuvardhan has taken only 6 movies in his 11 year career in Tamil Movie industry including Arrambam. Out of his 6 movies, Arya had acted in 4 movies. Billa was the most stylish movie in Tamil Cinema. His last telugu movie “Panjaa” with Pawan Kalyan didn’t succeed much at the box office, but was praised for the most stylish making in Telugu Cinema too.

    He has given yet another stylish movie with usual story. First half is extremely good and will satisfy everyone as it has the fastest screenplay in the recent times. Due to predictable story, 157 minutes duration & usual scenes in the second half, movie may look little dragging to few people. But, for Ajith fans, start the party. It is going to be an extended Diwali for them as they will watch the movie again & again as Thala looks too stylish & has wonderful scenes with good dialogues

    Overall, Arrambam has excellent first half with interesting screenplay, usual flashback scenes in the second half with good message to the society in the climax.

    Rating of this movie by Common Man – 3.25 / 5 (First half – 4 / 5, Second Half – 2.5 / 5)

    Overall, for Thala fans, this Deepavali will be much more memorable than their Thala Deepavali and it is the best Deepavali treat, they can receive from their Thala.

  17. Stylish walks, salt ‘n’ pepper looks, guns-coolers sans blazers – that’s a Diwali bonanza for Ajith Kumar fans. Arrambam might be a stroke of hackneyed storyline and a normal screenplay, but what makes it more compelling are the newfangled elements tied to the plot. First 20 minutes into the film, you’re much alike the puzzled Arjun (Arya), a hacker who is blown out of waters over Ashok Kumar’s (Ajith Kumar) shocking plans. He has devastated three landmarks of Mumbai with powerful bombs and hacked the transmission signals of a satellite channel. With a beautiful girl Maaya (Nayantara) on his side, his hidden mission continues to appall the cop (Kishore), who is on their trail. What unfolds next is a bunch of characters traversing across each other on sharp edges with a climax that is strong and convincing.

    It’s a high-tech film laced with entertainment quotients. If you’re watching a mindless commercial entertainer, you can bar or spare the illogical elements, but how about an elite theme with lot of new-dimensional complex ingredients. You’ve a master planner, who can easily hamper anything and go about with his big brain and brawn, an ethical hacker who can break into your zone at an ease et al. So, everything should be organised in the screenplay and you cannot easily claim ‘the drama begins where the logic ends’. A techno-heist at World Bank in Dubai with the lead characters playing their game is extraordinary. But what happened to the cameras? This is far beyond the questioning levels of a normal audience, but can avoid it. That’s it! Rest of the portions has been done with scrutinising efforts. How could a leading police office go unaware about an ex-cop, who has been a part of several anti-terrorist missions? These are the ones that keep teasing your minds. Nevertheless, the superstar appeal of Ajith Kumar overshadows such attributes and keeps you engrossed throughout the show. It’s a rarity to have a film keep us intact for 150 minutes and this one regardless of some illogical factors impress us vividly. Thanks to writers Suba and Vishnuvardhan for creating such intense characters (around a dozen actors) that has powerful significance. The first half is light and as the story proceeds to second hour, you’ll be on edge-of-your seats. Nayantara looks stunning, but limits herself from smile and skin shows, instead sticks to seriousness and in contrast, Taapsee is a breezy refresher for her innocent role keeps us in laugh. Arya’s flashback sequence might not keep you heavily in laughter, but is a nice try. Kishore is perfect and he offers substantiality to Ajith Kumar with his role. Mahesh Manjrekar as an evil politician with fun nature is yet another brilliant flash.

    Yuvan disappoints us with the songs and background score. Except for visual treat by cinematographer Om Prakash, the songs do not carry substantiality here. Sreekar Prasad’s efficient works especially during pre-interval, flashback and penultimate scenes to climax are extraordinary.

    On the whole, Arrambam is a well tailored flick for Ajith Kumar, which is a fantastic treat for Thala fans. With a couple of flicks pending to hit screens on this festive occasion, this will be a ‘Black Horse’ indeed. If Vishnuvardhan and writers Suba had tried to maintain the consistency of logic, it would have been a perfect entertainer.

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