Achchamundu Achchamundu Tamil Movie Review

Feature Film | Drama, Thriller
Do watch Achchamundu Achchamundu, it deviates from the mundane.
Jul 18, 2009 By Mythily Ramachandran

After Meipporul, here is another Tamil thriller shot in the US and revolving around an Indian family.

Senthil Kumar (Prasanna) and Malini (Sneha) live in New Jersey with their only daughter Rithika (Akshaya). Theirs is a typical south Indian family, who love their morning filter kapi, thakkali rasam and urrulai kazhangu curry. Senthil Kumar is a senior manager and Malini, a homemaker. She is on her toes, managing home and dropping her daughter to school and karate classes. Joy and fun abounds in plenty in this household until Malini thinks of getting someone to paint their basement. So on the recommendation of her friend, Robertson, a painter (American Emmy award winning actor John Shea) is entrusted with this task.

Little do they understand that behind his friendly and warm attitude, there lurks an abuser. The narration told in a simple and straight manner tackles a little heard theme in celluloid. Child sexual abuse is something that can happen in anyone's life. Slow paced, clearly not meant for those who enjoy racy entertainers (like the group of young men sitting next to me and disturbing everyone with their comments), the story drives home alarming statistics of child abuse rampant not only in India but world over.

Written and directed by Arun Vaidyanathan, the film is credited for being the first Indian film to be shot on Red One camera. It won Best Homegrown Feature Film award at the Garden State Film Festival, in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The natural acting by the cast is a plus point for the film.

Prasanna who has shown his versatility in different roles in his earlier films impresses once again. Sneha, sans make-up slips into the role of a mother with great ease. Both of them play the ideal couple to the T. Their onscreen chemistry is just great. Hard to beat is John Shea's acting as the pedophile that eyes convey differently even as he flashes you that friendly smile. He slips into the skin of his character with unbelievable conviction. Laudable is the director's effort to put across the issue of child sexual abuse without dramatizing it. Akshaya as the little daughter performs well. Music is by Karthik Raja and cinematography by Chris Freilich. Do watch Achchamundu Achchamundu, it deviates from the mundane.

Mythily Ramachandran