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Vil Ambu  ( UA ) (2016)  (Tamil)
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Vil Ambu Review

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Vil Ambu is a half-hearted attempt from director Ramesh Subramaniam who manages to engage audiences only in bits and pieces.
2.5 out of 5 (Fairly Good)  | SMK (NOWRUNNING)
Director Ramesh Subramaniam's Vil Ambu has a promising plot which is centered on six degrees of separation theory.

Wiki defines it as "Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps."

This is the primer Ramesh has used to mount a mundane thriller with two central characters played Karthi, played by Sri and Arul, played by Harish Kalyan. Arul is an aspiring ad filmmaker who is in dire need of a debut opportunity to prove his talent. He is constantly trapped between the compulsions of his annoying father who wants him to settle down with a decent job and his ambitions which are perfectly set on ad filmmaking. Karthi is a chronic stealer and lives in the same locality as Arul.

How the diametrically opposite lives of Karthi and Arul intertwine and are made to encounter adverse situations forms the plot. Though Ramesh keeps the pace of the screenplay in check and engages viewers with occasional twists and turns, the run-of-the-mill subplots and banalities in storytelling makes the screenplay run aground at various instances. The story fizzles out post interval and becomes quite repetitive with the same so-close-yet-so-far tropes of Ramesh.

Harish Uthaman is impressive as a drug peddler and performs his role with ease. Yogi Babu, with his wacky one-liners and hilarious body-language, proves once again that he is the most underrated contemporary comedian in Tamil film industry.

Though Srushti Dange has a cliched 'female lead' role, Chandini, on the other hand, has a solid role to express her acting skills and she does good justice to the character. Sree as the hotheaded youngster who mouths expletives in unrestrained manner is impressive. And so is Harish Kalyan, who has come up with an earnest performance.

Toting up, Vil Ambu is a half-hearted attempt from director Ramesh Subramaniam who manages to engage audiences only in bits and pieces.
Critic: SMK
 2.5 out of 5 (Fairly Good) 2.5 out of 5 (Fairly Good)  

WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good

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2.5
 2.5 out of 5 (Fairly Good) 2.5 out of 5 (Fairly Good)  
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