‘Aavesham’ movie review: Fahadh Faasil’s uninhibited act carries this thinly-plotted film

A scene from ‘Aavesham’

The peak of suspense in Aavesham unexpectedly unfolds not during a high-octane combat but amid a trivial round of charades. Taking place in the eclectic gangster Rangan’s (Fahadh Faasil) hideout, the seemingly innocuous game is steeped in lore—one anecdote about Rangan’s past violent eruption during such a game hints at the layers of his character.

This scene is brilliantly thought out—it toys with our perception of Rangan, initially affirming our judgement only to later shatter it with a twist. Director Jithu Madhavan infuses the gangster comedy Aavesham, his follow-up to the successful Romancham, with such nuance, keeping audiences on their toes.

The film itself is a stark contrast to Madhavan’s previous work, showcasing Fahadh Faasil’s wild and unrestrained performance as Rangan—a gangster with a flair for bling and dance reels. His character is observed by three Malayali students—Aju (Hipster), Bibi (J.S.Mithun), and Shanthan (Roshan Shanavas)—in Bengaluru, who desperately seek Rangan’s help to exact revenge on upperclassmen who wronged them. Along with seedy bars and grim company, this revenge plan is the catalyst for their tale of intrigue.

Aavesham

Director: Jithu Madhavan

Cast: Fahadh Faasil, Sajin Gopu, J.S.Mithun, Hipster, Roshan Shanavas

Storyline: Three students ally with a notorious gangster to get back at their bullies, but their plan spirals into unexpected chaos

Runtime: 158 minutes

Our introduction to Rangan and the gradual exposition of his notorious reputation are hilariously executed. Further comedic relief comes from Rangan’s right-hand man Ambaan (Sajin Gopu), whose tales add a rich blend of humor and menace to the film, leaving viewers to wonder if they are exaggerated fables or grounded truth.

A robust musical score by Sushin Shyam complements Rangan’s omnipresence, helping to overshadow the film’s shortcomings, particularly in plot structure and character exploration. Following a promising midpoint, the movie experiences a dip in momentum, shifting from adulation of its hero to a cautionary narrative. Tighter editing could have alleviated the film’s pacing issues, though it’s noteworthy that the scant plot remains engaging throughout its extended length.

The young actors, several of whom have social media fame, alongside Sajin Gopu, confidently share screen space with Fahadh’s dominant portrayal. Yet, the script offers little in the way of prominent female roles, save for a memorable performance by Bibi’s mother, whose constant query, “Are you happy?” offers a rare glimpse into Rangan’s more intimate side, typically veiled due to the film’s glossy focus.

Aavesham delights in its over-the-top style and eccentric charm, leaving subtle introspection and depth by the wayside—much like Rangan himself, who, beneath the bravado, yearns for authenticity.

Aavesham is now showing in theaters.

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