If one says Tamil films lacks innovation, it will be a false statement, time and again; Kollywood movie makers had sprung with new ideas or at least adapted something new in their wings. Ambuli 3D is such a kind of a “feather in the hat”. Produced by KTVR productions and directed by duo Hari Shankar and Hareesh has to be applauded for their work, in spite of the situations where filmdom is laying-low, they sure will attract people to the film halls. In fact Indian film industry embraced 3D technology with “My Dear Kuttichatan”, which was released in most of the regional languages, but Ambuli 3D is only for Tamil audience.
One can easily guess the story, it’s from the bedtime stories that we all heard since we were kids. There is a corn field where Ambuli, a weird creature is taken refuge. The villagers live in fear of it; some college buddies investigate and fight against Ambuli. Adding more to the folk-tale, some of the shades are from the films like “The Husk” and “REC”. The catch comes how to fix a fantasy-horror with dance numbers and mix with a period (1980’s) effect. R. Partiban, Thambi Ramaiah, Bosskey and VJ Jagan are some known faces, rest are seems to be new. The film is with few dance numbers, songs in 3D!!, the “happy farewell song” looks to be a foot-tapping one.
The 3D technology is aptly used and good that it isn’t over used. Some of the acting looked amateurish and some scenes were without a hint of logic. The screenplay should have made crisp and at the end it dragssss . The story goes bit choppy at the end, not sure how a battalion of armed forces enter the village to kill just “one” beast. Given the centre-character as Ambuli, the film fails to get into the character, all we hear is “Ambuli”.. “Ambuli” in one out of two sentences delivered, but we seldom see it on the screen.
This can go down well with the kids and it’s a different viewing in the midst of the “action films”. Probably few of the film makers can take a cue from Ambuli, take more 3D movies, and make people to come to theatres. It’s time to change the conventional format, it even kills the piracy.