Review: Andhra Mess - Fun is the word

Andhra Mess, a movie by ad-filmmaker turned director Jai, got everyone talking with its interesting title. When its trailer launched, it got positive attention for its rich visuals. The film has a catchy storyline and needs to be appreciated for its technical brilliance.

The plot revolves around four criminals- Varadhu (AP Shreethar), Rathna (Raj Bharath), Ritchie (Madhivanan Rajendran) and Sethu (Balaji). Devaraj (Vinod), a gangster gives them a task to steal a bag from a house. Our four heroes discover that the bag contains a big sum of money and abscond out of town.

However one of them is shot and Janardhanan (Amarendran), an elderly man belonging to a family of zamindars hosts them in his house till he heals. Meanwhile, the zamindar's young wife, Bala (Tejaswini) and Rathna begin an affair. With Devaraj trying to track them down, the things that transpire between the four while they stay hidden is the main story.

The filmmaker has tried too many things at once. At one place it is a black comedy and in another, it looks an action-movie. The filmmaker wants to make it look like a quirky film and tries to push in some bold adult content between Bala and Rathna.

The filmmakers have aced on the technical front. The cinematography, by G Mukesh, in particular, is brilliant and carries the film on its shoulder. Even simple scenes have been picturised beautiful. Background score by Prashanth Pillai also deserves a praise. Coming to the characters, Tejaswini is her first film as a heroine has delivered a commendable performance. With AP Shreethar as Varadhu, Tamil cinema has got a new villain.

Though the film does not deliver as a whole-product, individually, it is good and deserves a one-time viewing. It is a good launchpad for the actors and the technical team.


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