Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada
Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada (transl. Fear is Foolishness) is a 2016 Indian Tamil-language romantic action thriller film written and directed by Gautham Menon. The film stars Silambarasan and Manjima Mohan in lead roles. . While Baba Sehgal plays the role of a corrupt cop. The film was initially titled as Sattendru Maarathu Vaanillai but was changed. The film tells the story of a youngster who embarks on a road trip with his lady-love as he meets with an accident which causes things to get out of control.
|Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada|
|Directed by||Gautham Menon|
|Produced by||Venkat Somasundaram|
|Written by||Gautham Menon|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Distributed by||Ayngaran International|
|Box office||50 crores approx|
Principal photography commenced in November 2013, however, in June 2014, filming schedules were postponed until Menon completed his other project Yennai Arindhaal (2015) with Ajith Kumar. Filming recommenced on 21 February 2015, majority of shooting was done in Chennai, India. The film features film score and soundtrack album composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Thamarai. It was simultaneously made in Telugu as Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo with Naga Chaitanya and Manjima in lead roles.
The movie opens up with the protagonist (Silambarasan) in a small brawl with a mob.
The protagonist, whose name is not mentioned, is revealed to be a care free MBA student and bike enthusiast, accompanied by his close friends Mahesh (Sathish Krishnan), Shyam (R. Shyam), Srikanth (Vicky Vijai) and Auto Selvam (R. S. Karthik). He has two sisters. He has two love stories that revolved around him in the past, one is Sukanya and another is Mallika and now he considers his new Thunderbird bike as his first love ever. However, he meets and falls in love with, Leela (Manjima Mohan), a friend of his sister Maythrie (Anjali Rao) who stays in his house to complete her studies.
He plans a long road trip in his bike to Kanyakumari along with his friend Mahesh but he ditches his friend in the last minute and is accompanied by Leela instead.
They go to Kanyakumari via Salem, Palakkad and Trivandrum. On the trip they go to a village and stay for a night where they are taken care by a kind-hearted villager (Madurai Mohan). The next day they reach Kanyakumari and see the Sunrise. Finally, Leela falls for him. After the trip he agrees to drop her home in Kolhapur.
On their way to Maharastra, they meet with a terrible accident. Protagonist injures his shoulder and proposes to her before fainting as if he was about to die. The next day he finds himself in hospital.
He feels something wrong after phoning her. The same day, Leela's parents are attacked by some unknown assailants.
The protagonist and his friend Mahesh visit the hospital that she is in. He comes to know that Leela was the target. He then decides to save Leela and her family.
However, things take a turn for the worse as they encounter a corrupt cop Kamath (Baba Sehgal) who with a help of a gangster Hiren (Daniel Balaji) kills Raman and his wife. Mahesh is sadly killed in this mess.
Finally the hero’s name is revealed. His real name is 'Rajinikanth Muralitharan'. Kamath now knowing his name tries to trace him out even in his friend's funeral. Kamath finally reaches his house where another friend of actual Rajini poses as the owner of the bike, with fake proof. Kamath, being deceived returns home.
Two years later, Kamath is preparing to receive his new superior police officer. It is revealed that new officer is none other than Rajinikanth himself, he is now the IPS of Kohlapur, who went into an exile, studied UPSC and chose IPS despite being eligible for IAS to fulfill his vengeance. Rajini then reveals that he has unravelled what happened two years ago to Kamath thet Leela's actual father is a politician and has planned to kill Leela as she was his illegitimate heir and thus a danger to his ambitions. Kamat executed his plan. Rajini had found out Leela's actual mother Anamika to know about this incident. After his probation, Rajini has devised a plan to eliminate everyone involved. The politician is arrested and brought into the station. Kamath, being defeated, tries to kill Rajini, but accidentally shoots the politician. Finally, Rajini assassinates Kamath in terms of self defense. He gets a vacation based on trauma and returns home. He picks up Leela from her safe house and then goes on a trip to Kanyakumari again to propose to Leela for marriage.
- Silambarasan as DCP. Rajinikanth Muralitharan
- Manjima Mohan as Leela
- Baba Sehgal as Kamath, the corrupt cop
- Sathish Krishnan as Mahesh
- Daniel Balaji as Hiren the gangster
- Nagineedu as Sathyamoorthy
- R. N. R. Manohar as Mahesh's father
- Anjali Rao as Maythrei
- Krrish Menon as Atul
- Mathew Varghese as Muralitharan, Rajinikanth's father
- Sujata Panju as Rajinikanth's mother
- Vasantha as Raman's wife
- Prasad Athalye as Yashwant Tripude
- Vishwanath as Nathuram Dubey, Corrupt politician & Leela's father
- Priya Rajkumar as Anamika, Leela's mother
- R. Shyam as Shyam
- Vicky Vijai as Srikanth
- R. S. Karthik as Auto Selvam
- Amruth as Rajinikanth's friend
- Rishabh as Inspector Thambe
- Anandhi as Mallika
- Dollyann Santhosh as Suganya
- Gautham Vasudev Menon as a Police Officer (Cameo Appearance)
After the success of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, Gautham Menon narrated the script to Vijay along with Yohan Adhayam Ondru script as the actor felt it wouldn’t suit his image and for the audience. Gautham Menon announced in October 2013 that he would produce and direct a film featuring Silambarasan in the lead role after the following success of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. In an interview with the Bangalore Mirror, Menon stated that the film was originally titled Sattendru Maarathu Vaanilai and described the film as one which starts as a "love story" and then enters a "violent / action space". Menon outlined the storyline of the film, stating, "It is the story of a happy-go-lucky guy (played by Silambarasan) who is looking to do normal things in life but then, a situation is thrown at him and it changes everything", adding that the story is inspired by the scene in the film The Godfather where a bruised Michael Corleone plots revenge against the corrupt policeman McCluskey. Menon had previously portrayed cops as heroes but in this film, he revealed that the cop was the antagonist. When he was writing the second half of the film, he ensured not to watch films in the other genre. In December 2013, A. R. Rahman was officially confirmed to compose the songs, while Dan Macarthur was confirmed as the film's cinematographer. Baba Sehgal was chosen to portray a negative role as a cop.
While the team was still in the process of casting a female lead opposite Silambarasan, principal photography began in mid-November 2013 with a ten-day schedule in Adyar, Chennai, with scenes featuring Silambarasan and Sathish Krishnan were shot. Later, filming continued for ten days with Pallavi Subhash as the female lead. Further, the shooting progressed during the nights, in and around Kalakshetra and Thiruvanmiyur. A second schedule began in early December 2013 featuring scenes with the lead cast in urban Chennai. The film was shot for thirty days and was put on hold until Menon completed filming Yennai Arindhaal (2015).
In 2015, Pallavi Subhash could not allot bulk dates to the film and was replaced by Manjima Mohan. She was cast after actor Vineeth Srinivasan made Menon watch the trailer of Oru Vadakkan Selfie and then Manjima was auditioned and selected for the role. Filming began from 21 February 2015, re-shooting all previous scenes with Manjima Mohan. By September 2015, four songs were filmed and the team was left with 20 days of work. By November 2015, ninety percent of the filming was completed. The next schedule comprised 30 allotted days. On 17 February 2016, the climax portions were being filmed in Adyar, Chennai. However, a stunt made Silambarasan suffer facial injuries, postponing the filming schedules.
A. R. Rahman's inclusion in the project was confirmed by December 2013, marking his second collaboration with Silambarasan and Gautham Menon after their critically acclaimed Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa soundtrack. As per the urgency of shooting, a single track with lyrics penned by Madhan Karky was recorded within three hours by the composer at his studio in Los Angeles. Recording of the songs recommenced from February 2015. By September 2015, recording of all the five tracks by A. R. Rahman was completed. For the sixth track, Rahman was yet to see the film and score it, which was later on added as the theme music. The soundtrack album has five songs, all placed in the first half of the film.
The first single "Thalli Pogathey" was released on 23 January 2016, and became popular among listeners, as the lyric video of the song crossed 20 million views. The second single "Rasaali" was released on 2 June 2016, followed by the third single track "Showkali" on 10 August. The full album was exclusively launched in iTunes on 9 September 2016. A month later, the album was released digitally on 7 October 2016, and a physical release on 10 October 2016.
The album received highly positive reviews from critics and audiences. Sharanya CR from The Times of India rated 4 out of 5, stating that "This one's not just for Rahmaniacs, but for all the music lovers, too" Behindwoods rated the album 3.5 out of 5, stating that "Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada is an apt album from the creative combination of AR Rahman - Gautham Menon. This duo never disappoints!" Sify rated the album 4 out of 5, viewing that "‘Acham Yenbathu Madamaiyada’ has AR Rahman in scintillating form with 5 masterpiece songs. GVM’s success ratio with his music composers is intact and the album is bound to be renowned for the quality of lyrics it has produced. This album works instantly & one doesn’t need the excuse ‘Rahman songs are slow burners’ here. It is so refreshing to see a Rahman album being uncomplicated and work in the first instance!" OnlyKollywood rated the album 3.75 out of 5, and stated that "Accham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada is a fabulous soundtrack from AR Rahman, very much in line with the heavily celebrated combo of Gautham Menon and STR. Contrary to most of his other albums, AYM clicks instantly and is sure to find a space for itself your driving playlist. Stuff worth rejoicing."
The film was initially titled Sattendru Maaruthu Vaanilai in December 2013. The title refers to lyrics of the song "Nenjukkul Peidhidum", from Menon's 2008 film Vaaranam Aayiram. However, the title could not be retained as the producers K. Ethiraj and Dr. Saravanan completed a different film with the same title which was censored and tax exempted. A fifty-second teaser of Menon's film that was released on 3 February 2014. However, in February 2015, the title was revealed as Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada.
The satellite rights of the film were secured by Sun TV.
Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada received positive reviews. It earned ₹ 3.65 crore on the first day. In the next two days, the movie added a close to ₹ 7 crore to take its first-weekend tally to ₹ 10.10 crore. It has to be noted that the major chunk of the business have come from Chennai and Chengalpet regions. AYM collected ₹ 25.60 crore total after the first week of release.
– Thamarai (for "Thalli Pogathey")
- Best Music Director Award (Tamil)
- Best Music Director Award (Tamil)
- Kollywood Cinema Awards
- Best Music Director Award (Tamil)
- Best Actor (2016) (Tamil)
The song "Thalli Pogathey" was parodied by Rajendran and Kovai Sarala in Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan (2017) also starring Silambarasan .In the film Idhu Namma Aalu starring Silambarasan featured the song "Thalli Pogathey" as the Ringtone of the phone for Simbu's character. The line "Yeno Vaanilai Maaruthey" from the song "Thalli Pogathey" inspired a short film of same name. The song "Thalli Pogathey" inspired a film of the same name.
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