It is no easy task for a comedian to do a lead act and come up with a convincing performance. Karunaas, who managed to do the impossible in 'Dindigul Sarathy', has recreated the magic this time by taking the path laid by actor-director K Bhagyaraj.
At a time when big budget flicks and mindless masalas rule the roost in Kollywood, filmmaker Ramnath has opted to go otherwise. 'Ambasamuthiram Ambani' is about a youth who aspires to come up in life. The travails and the sequence of events that happen in his life in achieving the mission forms the crux.
Karunaas should be complimented for choosing a good storyline and he fits the story well. What is interesting is the gripping screenplay and the events unfolding with greater conviction. There is a touch of humour in every scene and Ramnath deserves all credits for sustaining the interest all through.
There are shades of Bhagyaraj films like 'Andha 7 Naatkal' in this movie. But the theme makes the difference. Hardwork will always be rewarded in life. This is what the director in the company of Karunaas has tried hard to drive home.
Karunaas shoulders the major responsibility of not just playing the lead role but as a music composer too. The background score adds pep to the whole film, which at places resembles a melo-drama. But a convincing performance by all including small characters sustains the momentum.
Dhandapani (Karunaas) dreams of becoming a rich industrialist one day. He works honestly to achieve is mission. He does all menial jobs and strives hard to excel in life. He with his aide goes around dreaming big. He comes to Chennai from Ambasamuthiram with big dreams to become one like Ambani.
He meets his 'God Father' Ayyanar (Kotta Srinivasa Rao) and with his savings buys a shop in a shopping complex that the latter is constructing. But Ayyanar's sudden death gives him a rude shock. Meanwhile there is romance is his life in the form of Navneet Kaur.
Dhandapani is against romance for he feels it may hamper his mission to become an industrialist. But he is forced to marry her. Eventually all his efforts bears fruit and the movies ends up stating loud that honesty and dedication in any profession will reap rich rewards.
Karunaas is good in the lead role. Especially towards the climax, he evokes tears in the eyes of audience with his engrossing show. Navneet Kaur, who started her career opposite Vijayakanth in 'Arasangam', delivers her best.
Watch out for young Shankar. He as Karunaas aide provides necessary twists and spills in the script. Kotta Srinivasa Rao, Delhi Ganesh and Cochin Haneefa does play their part well.
Produced by Karunaas himself on behalf of his Ken Media, the highlight of the movie is that it is simple and refreshing. The pace at which it progresses gives it sheen. Though it may resemble a tele-serial at many places, yet the conviction and the purpose of the film come to its rescue.
In spite of minor flaws, 'Ambasamuthiram Ambani' is a movie to cherish for the audience, who wants to see a film that is away from run-of- the-mill stuff.