Amar Akbar Anthony movie cast: Ravi Teja, Ileana D’Cruz , Vikramjeet Virk, Sunil, Abhimanyu Singh, Sayaji Shinde, Tarun Arora, Laya, Adithya Menon
Amar Akbar Anthony movie director: Sreenu Vaitla
Amar Akbar Anthony movie ratings: 1 star
Amar Akbar Anthony is the title of Ravi Teja’s new film and it is also his third film to release this year. There was a slight glimmer of hope in me that this year Ravi Teja won’t make a more nonsensical film than Touch Chesi Chudu and Nela Ticket. Oh boy, I was so wrong. His latest movie is an incoherent mess that sets a new benchmark for unintelligent films that disrespect the knowledge, time, and money of the audience.
Writer-director Sreenu Vaitla believes he can throw anything at the audience and they will lap it up as long as they see Ravi Teja onscreen. Judging from the tripartite nature of the title, you may have assumed that the star is playing three different roles. But, no. Like the movie, even its hero is all over the place. Ravi Teja’s Amar character suffers from a psychological disease called dissociative identity disorder. You may probably better know this problem as ‘multiple personality disorder.’ Remember, Aparichithudu (Anniyan)? A far better film by director Shankar that brought ‘multiple personality disorder’ to the mainstream in south India.
The film’s hero suffers from this mental illness. He is Amar, Akbar and Marc Anthony. Amar is baying for the blood of those who killed his family. Akbar is a vagrant who pops up in places where people lie and preach moral lessons. Marc Anthony is a psychiatrist. He has a fancy office at a high-rise in Manhattan and evaluates patients just with his seasoned mind. Anthony diagnoses their psychological problems without actual tests. If you find this setup nuts, then wait till you hear this. The female lead also suffers from the same disorder. You didn’t see that coming, did you?
Ileana D’Cruz’s Aishwarya aka Pooja suffers from a type of split personality that only exists momentarily. It is as if she is hypnotized for life. When she hears anybody say the word ‘trust’, she gets violent and beats the person who said it. And before she puts a beatdown on unsuspecting speakers, she gets this Sherlock Holmes-like visions. She sees the entire fight in her head before it actually happens. She knows when to dodge, where to kick and which weapon to use. Like Aishwarya, Amar’s split personality is also triggered by certain sounds and things that he sees.
Abhimanyu Singh plays an FBI agent who behaves like a stereotypical Indian cop while interrogating the suspects or negotiating bribe money with criminals. Adithya Menon, Tarun Arora, Rajveer Ankur Singh, and Vikramjeet Virk all play typical bad guys, who blurt out their evil plot in public before they actually implement it. The main responsibility of villain Adithya Menon is to translate all the English punchlines of his other three associates in Telugu.
Sreenu has enlisted the services of a long list of comedy actors. While he was ambitious enough to make such expensive hires, he was not good enough to write an interesting story to capitalize on the talents of a star-studded cast.