Adiyae Movie Review: Vignesh Karthick's 'Adiyae' reduces its 'alternate reality' premise to a bunch of pop-culture jokes

Vignesh Karthick
The tone is all over the place, and because the love angle is hardly developed, we don't care about this couple getting together.
Adiyae Movie Review

Adiyae Movie Cast & Crew

Production : Maali & Manvi Movie Makers
Director : Vignesh Karthick
Music Director : Justin Prabhakaran

Casting Venkat Prabhu in Adiyae makes a great deal of sense. The director made the superb Maanaadu, which is one of the rare Tamil films that successfully explored a sci-fi premise. (1): The film was true to the genre, with no random love story and so forth. And (2): There was no hesitation, there was no "will our local audiences understand this!" confusion. Seeing Venkat Prabhu in Vignesh Karthick's movie makes you wish the senior director had been given the opportunity to doctor the script, which is a mess. The premise is that a young man (GV Prakash Kumar) keeps finding himself in alternate realities. The premise is also about "will he get the girl he loves" (played by Gouri G Kishan).


The problem with Adiyae is that it is so desperate to tickle the audience that it doesn't take its story seriously. What we get is a bunch of pop-culture jokes. In one reality, the shelved Gautham Menon-Vijay starrer Yohan has been released and is a big hit. In another reality, AR Rahman is a dance master. Christopher Nolan is a Telugu film director. This flavour of juvenile humour gets stale very quickly – but it's the foundation the film is built on. And because the love angle is hardly developed, we don't care about this couple getting together. The tone is all over the place, and nothing in the film makes a case to be taken seriously. As for the ending, it comes after a such a confusing (rather, ill-fitting) series of events that it's just a blessed relief that it's all over, and we can return to our own reality.

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Baradwaj Rangan

National Award-winning film critic Baradwaj Rangan, former deputy editor of The Hindu and senior editor of Film Companion, has carved a niche for himself over the years as a powerful voice in cinema, especially the Tamil film industry, with his reviews of films. While he was pursuing his chemical engineering degree, he was fascinated with the writing and analysis of world cinema by American critics. Baradwaj completed his Master’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations through scholarship. His first review was for the Hindi film Dum, published on January 30, 2003, in the Madras Plus supplement of The Economic Times. He then started critiquing Tamil films in 2014 and did a review on the film Subramaniapuram, while also debuting as a writer in the unreleased rom-com Kadhal 2 Kalyanam. Furthermore, Baradwaj has authored two books - Conversations with Mani Ratnam, 2012, and A Journey Through Indian Cinema, 2014. In 2017, he joined Film Companion South and continued to show his prowess in critiquing for the next five years garnering a wide viewership and a fan following of his own before announcing to be a part of Galatta Media in March 2022.