Akasamantha Movie review
Mozhi, by producer Prakashraj and director Radha Mohan, earned appreciation for its creditable storyline and realistic characters. Now Akasamantha (Abhiyum Naanum in Tamil) too invokes the same feeling. In this age of commercial plots, the producer-director duo has taken up a sensible theme and presented it well on the big screen.
Akasamantha deals with the relationship between a daughter and a father. Abhi (Trisha) is the affectionate daughter of Raghuram (Prakashraj) and Anu (Aishwarya). From the moment she is born, Prakashraj develops a remarkable bonding with his baby girl (such a rare tendency these days when a majority lament about individual independence, emotional freedom, and consider a daughter to be a major burden!). When she is few months old, he touches those pink, soft toes, drinks in her fragrant baby-scent and keeps her perpetually warm and secure in his embrace. The magical and passionate touch communicates the father's closeness to the daughter. When the girl begins going to school, the fond father gives her ample guidelines, tips her on how to save herself from bullies and stays close to her through the initial school-going phase.
On the first day when Abhi goes to school on her brand-new cycle, Raghu follows her closely. In short, Raghu's and every thought revolves around Abhi. However, though extremely affectionate and protective, Raghu is not too possessive about Abhi. There is a consistent delicate balance in their relationship. So when Abhi chooses to do her post-graduation in Delhi, he happily accepts her decision. But when she comes back with a journalist boy-friend belonging to a different religion, problems arise. After his initial suspicions, even after Raghu is convinced of Joghi Singh's (Ganesh Venkatraman) position and power in prominent circles, he is unable to accept their love; he is distraught and against their wedding. Why? What bothers the loving father? Does Raghu have narrow-minded objections against the inter-caste marriage? Does the love hurt the sensitive father's instincts? Does Abhi finally convince her dear father to accept her love? Or does the love affair fracture the father-daughter relationship? Akasamantha explores the logic, the actions and the outcomes!
Prakashraj and Trisha are Akasamantha's strengths. While Prakashraj's performance stands out as a film connoisseur's delight, Trisha's soft yet emotionally strong countenance is so natural. Both appear to be living the roles with natural ease and comfort rather than acting, they are so natural. The scene where Prakashraj helps Trisha with her school-work is one fitting example of their dynamic relationship. Aishwarya too has executed her part with élan. Apart from the lead characters, two more people who touch our hearts are Thalaivasal Vijay, who dons the role of Prakashraj's dear buddy, and Kumaravel, who appears as the crazy orphan adopted and nicknamed Ravi Shastry by Trisha.
Preetha's camera presents the hill-station with its natural abundance in terms of colour and consistency. We can also appreciate her probing eye for detail in all the sequences. Vidyasagar's music is filled with soft and melodic currents.
Director Radha Mohan has also written the story and screenplay. His penchant for realistic characters and genuine relationships places him a notch above the majority in the field. The film has taken its natural course, progressing as a string of incidents, building the plot at a measured and comprehensible pace. C.P. Narayanan and R. Subramanian's dialogues too match the realistic plot.
Akasamantha is a ground-breaking experiment, a worthy offering from producer Prakashraj and director Radha Mohan. The film has once again proved the power and impact of a truly worthy production.