Aavesham (transl. Excitement) is a 2024 Indian Malayalam-language action comedy film directed by Jithu Madhavan and produced by Nazriya Nazim and Anwar Rasheed under Fahadh Faasil and Friends and Anwar Rasheed Entertainments. It stars Fahadh Faasil in the lead role, alongside Hipzster, Mithun Jai Shankar, Roshan Shanavas and Sajin Gopu, while Midhutty and Mansoor Ali Khan appear in supporting roles. The music was composed by Sushin Shyam, while the cinematography and editing were handled by Sameer Thahir and Vivek Harshan.

Aavesham
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJithu Madhavan
Written byJithu Madhavan
Produced by
Starring
CinematographySameer Thahir
Edited byVivek Harshan
Music bySushin Shyam
Production
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Distributed byA & A Release
Release date
  • 11 April 2024 (2024-04-11)
Running time
161 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam
Budget₹30 crore[1]
Box officeest.₹160 crores[2]

Aavesham was released on 11 April 2024 to critical acclaim from critics with praise for its direction, performances (especially Fahadh Faasil and Sajin Gopu), action sequences, cinematography, music and technical aspects. The film became a blockbuster, grossing over ₹160 crores against a budget of ₹30 crores.[1] It is currently the fourth highest grossing Malayalam film of all time, third highest-grossing Malayalam film of 2024, fifth highest-grossing South Indian film of 2024 as well as one of the highest grossing Indian films of 2024.

Plot

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Aju, Bibi and Shanthan arrive in Bangalore, Karnataka from Kerala to pursue a degree in aeronautical engineering at Vaana Veekshan College, choosing the BK Hostel (run by the college clerk BK) for its perceived freedom compared to their college accommodation. Initially, they enjoy their time there until a confrontation with Kutty, a senior student, escalates, bruising his ego. In retaliation, Kutty and his gang forcefully take the trio to his place and brutally thrash them, only to offer friendship afterward. Feeling humiliated, Aju seeks revenge and leads his friends to multiple bars in search of gangsters, eventually befriending Ranga, a prominent, eccentric and kind-hearted Malayali-Kannadiga gangster who dresses in all-white.

One day after the trio gets drunk, Ranga takes them in their jeep to drop them off at their hostel, but the hostel warden warns them not to arrive late as there are rules in the hostel. So Ranga takes them to his old house, where the trio finds a grim truth in the house.

Disillusioned by Ranga's lack of action, they realize his gang merely praises him while engaging in minor violence. When Bibi confronts Ranga about the incident with Kutty, Ranga unleashes his fury during the college Holi celebration, beating up Kutty and his gang in front of everyone. They face expulsion after being unable to pass exams, but are given a second chance with assurances of passing all future exams.

After their initial victory against Kutty, their association with Ranga begins to consume their lives, affecting their studies. They are unable to focus on their studies. The trio meets Ranga and tries to express their desire to sever ties with him, revealing that they only befriended him for revenge but hold back when they see Ranga threaten to kill two of his gang members trying to leave the gang.

The trio's troubles escalate when they are kidnapped by Reddy, Ranga's former boss. Reddy accuses Ranga of stealing his brand and seeks their help to eliminate him. Fleeing from Reddy's threats they go back to their house.

Unable to handle staying in the house, the trio decides to switch off their phones and leave for a different hostel in Tumkur. They manage to study there, meanwhile Ranga keeps frantically searching for the boys. The boys finally decide to confront Ranga and make up a plan to call Reddy when he is alone.

Distraught at their betrayal, Ranga faces Reddy's gang alone and emerges victorious, revealing that he kept the boys with him as no one had gotten close to him in his life unless they needed something from him. Realizing their mistake, they apologize to Ranga. Aju and Bibi are unable to clear their exams by failing in one subject, while Shanthan passes them. They encounter Ranga, now clad in all-black attire as new look, outside the college. Ranga humorously punishes Aju and Bibi for their inability to pass all the exams.

Cast

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  • Fahadh Faasil as Ranjith "Ranga" Gangadharan
  • Mithun Jai Shankar as Bibin "Bibi" Prakash
  • Hipzster as Arjun "Aju"
  • Roshan Shahnavaz as Shanthakumaran "Shanthan"
  • Sajin Gopu as Ambaan
  • Midhutty as Kutty "Kuttyettan"
  • Mansoor Ali Khan as Reddy
  • Neeraja Rajendran as Bibi's mother
  • Pramod Veliyanad as Ranga's cousin
  • Sreejith Nair as Bala Krishnan
  • Krishna Kumar as Nanjappa
  • Freestyle Krishna as Bruce-lee
  • Himanshu as Jacky
  • Thankam Mohan as Ranga's mother
  • Pooja Mohanraj as Beauty
  • Preeti Bhardwaj as Sweety
  • Ashish Vidyarthi as Executive Director of Engineering College (cameo appearance)

Production

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Development

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In March 2023, Jithu Madhavan announced his second film starring Fahadh Faasil, who also co-produced the film through his production company Fahadh Faasil and Friends with Anwar Rasheed Entertainments.[3][4] The film's title Aavesham was announced in May 2023. Madhavan wrote the script during early-December 2022 and completed within February 2023 during the period when his debut film Romancham (2022) was delayed from October 2022 to February 2023.[5] Though it was reported that the film is a spin-off of Romancham, Madhavan later clarified that Aavesham is a standalone film and has no connections with Romancham.[5] The technical crew consisted of Sushin Shyam, Sameer Thahir, Vivek Harshan and Ashwini Kale as music composer, cinematographer, editor and production designer respectively.[4]

Casting

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Fahadh plays the role of Ranga, a Bangalore-based gangster;[6] He was featured in a thick handlebar moustache and an all-white attire in a leaked picture from the film's production in May 2023.[7] Fahadh attributed that he had not explored such characters before, which led to him agreeing to the story, adding that "Jithu [Madhavan] gave me a very clear understanding of who Ranga would be. However, we finalised the look and attire after we started filming for the movie."[8] Compared to his previous films, Fahadh's character would be loud in the film and would speak in a mixture of Kannada and Malayalam, resembling how gangsters from the city would speak.[8] Sajin Gopu, who previously acted in Romancham was assigned an important role in the film, with Mansoor Ali Khan and Ashish Vidyarthi in supporting roles.[9] The film also featured newcomers including Pranav Raj - Hipzster, Mithun Jai Shankar, Roshan Shanavas and Midhutty.[9]

Filming

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Principal photography commenced in Bangalore on the same date as the announcement.[4] The film was shot extensively in Bangalore and its outskirts and production completed in November 2023.[10]

Costumes

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Mashar Hamsa served as the film's costume designer. Throughout the film, Fahad's character Ranga appears in an all-white attire wearing gold chains, except for the climactic portions where Fahadh would appear in an all-black attire.[11] Ranga's younger version sports a trimmed deep fade hairstyle and wears a windbreaker, which resembles Dali Benssalah's look from the music video of the French musical duo The Blaze's single "Territory" (2017) and also British boxer Naseem Hamed.[12]

Music

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The film's soundtrack was composed by Sushin Shyam with lyrics written by Vinayak Sasikumar and featured nine songs performed by independent artists.[13] The soundtrack was released by Think Music on 19 April 2024 after being preceded by four singles: "Jaada", "Galatta", "Illuminati" and "Mathapithakkale".[14]

Release

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Theatrical

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Aavesham was theatrically released on 11 April 2024, during the Eid al-Fitr and Vishu weekend.[15][16] It was earlier scheduled for theatrical release during the Onam (25 August 2023) and Christmas weekends (22 December 2023),[17] but Fahadh in July 2023 announced that the film will be released during the first quarter of 2024.[18] Its current release date was announced in December.[15] The film will be distributed by A&A Release across India, while Phars Film acquiring the overseas theatrical rights.[15]

Aavesham was listed as one of the "most anticipated Malayalam films of 2024" by several publications and industry sources.[a] In comparison with Varshangalkku Shesham and Jai Ganesh which released on the same weekend, the film garnered 78 lakh (US$93,000) from the ticket pre-sales which opened three days prior to its release.[25] More than 50,000 admissions from Kerala theatres were recorded from 567 tracked shows.[26] The film, along with several other Malayalam films, were not released at PVR INOX multiplex chains across India in response to a dispute between the Film Employees Federation of Kerala and the authorities of PVR INOX management over Virtual Print Fee, as well as the federation's plans on distributing films through their newly established content providing service over Qube Cinema Technologies,the primary content provider for PVR INOX theatres.[27][28] However, the ban was lifted on 13 April and the film was released in the multiplex chains the following day.[29]

Prior to the film's release, the film garnered U/A certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) with the duration of the final edit being 157 minutes.[30] A scene from the film's second half was removed prior to the theatrical showcasing in Kuwait, owing to the recommendation of the censor board.[31]

Home media

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The film's post-theatrical digital streaming rights were acquired by Amazon Prime Video,[32] and was premiered on 9 May 2024.[33]

Marketing

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The film's theatrical teaser trailer was unveiled on 25 January 2024.[9][34] A promotional event was held at the Union Christian College, Aluva on 26 March 2024 with the presence of Fahadh, Madhavan and Shyam, along with the principal cast.[35][36]

Reception

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Aavesham received positive reviews from critics with praise for its performances (especially Fahadh Faasil and Sajin Gopu), script, direction, action sequences, humor, music and technical aspects.[37][38]

Critical response

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Goutham S of Pinkvilla gave 4/5 stars and wrote "Aavesham is ideally one of those movies that you could enjoy in theaters if you love a comedy film with a wild ride happening. The show is definitely run by Fahadh Faasil who is all set to entertain you with a great array of actors supporting him."[39] Anandu Suresh of The Indian Express gave 3.5/5 stars and wrote "Jithu Madhavan's gangster comedy is arguably Fahadh Faasil's first all-encompassing masala film and the actor unabashedly uses it to silence all the criticisms against him that he can't handle mass characters."[40]

Anna Mathews of The Times of India gave 3.5/5 stars and wrote "Apart from scripting superb side characters, Jithu Madhavan has crafted the comic timing of his dialogues well."[41] Janani K of India Today gave 3.5/5 stars and wrote "Aavesham is truly an enjoyable affair with brilliantly choreographed action sequences and comedy sequences. If you're a fan of Fahadh Faasil, then Aavesham will prove why you became his fan in the first place."[42] Nirmal Jovial of The Week gave 3.5/5 stars and wrote "The film maintains a celebratory mood from beginning till end."[43]

Arjun Menon of Rediff rated 3/5 stars and applauded "Aavesham is smooth in its storytelling and leaves a chilling aftertaste, thanks to its one-of-a-kind anti-hero."[44] Swathi P Ajith of Onmanorama termed it as "the perfect choice if you're seeking laughter and entertainment in equal measure."[45] S. R. Praveen of The Hindu wrote "Romancham director Jithu Madhavan returns with his sophomore effort, that is held afloat by Fahadh Faasil running riot in one of his most colourful characters."[46]

Box office

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On the opening day of its release, the film grossed ₹3.9 crores worldwide, gaining the first spot between concurrent releases Varshangalku Shesham and Jai Ganesh.[47] The film's ticket sales were further boosted by its positive word of mouth,[32] which helped it to earn a total of ₹18.75 crores domestically on Vishu holiday.[48] As of 23 April 2024, the film has grossed ₹100 crore worldwide.[49]

Notes

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  1. ^ Attributed to multiple references.[19][20][21][22][23][24]

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