Vishal-starrer "Aambala," which hit screens on 15 January, has received decent reviews from critics.
Directed by Sundar C, "Aambala" is a commercial drama with loads of comedy and action. The film boasts of an ensemble cast including Prabhu, Ramya Krishnan, Kiran, Aishwarya, Hansika, Vaibhav, Santhanam and Sathish among others.
Vishal has been basking in the success of his last releases "Poojai," "Naan Sigappu Manithan" and "Paandiya Naadu." Despite clashing with biggies like "Kaththi" and "Arrambam," Vishal's films fared well at the box office. This time, "Aambala" has released along with Vikram-Shankar's magnum opus "I." It needs to be seen if the film will manage to hold well despite facing competition from Vikram starrer.
Plot: Vishal runs a company that supplies man power to political meetings and campaigns. He falls in love with Hansika when he meets her by chance. Hansika is the daughter of Ramya Krishnan, who plays Vishal's aunt.
Vishal's father (Prabhu) has three sisters including Ramya, Kiran and Aishwarya who have an enmity with him. How Vishal unites his father with his sisters forms the crux of the story.
Critics have stated that "Aambala" is a typical family drama with nothing new to offer. Vishal's performance and Santhanam's comedy are the major highlights of the film. The other actors have done their parts well.
The technical aspects of the film including cinematography and the songs have received positive feedback from the critics.
Check below the review roundup of "Aambala"
"Trust Sundar C to tickle your funny bone, and he gets you in splits all through the film. For a change, Vishal is on a role lighter than ever before, keeping you spirited up in his striking presence all through. He has been characterised as Saravanan, who is sincere and smart, and he delivers in class," according to Indiaglitz.
"Hansika in her bubbliest ever charm is a bomb! The beautiful ladies cast as the elder generation - Ramya Krishnan, Aishwarya and Kiran, apart from Prabhu as the father and Santhanam, Sathish and Vaibhav, all do their little but essential part to thread the story together. Santhanam and Sathish are two men that keep the ball rolling in fun and frolic, in the movie," the website stated.
"After doing an utterly satisfying Pandianaadu and the experimental Naan Sigappu Manithan, Vishal's choice of scripts in Poojai and Aambala look unimpressive. Hope he bounces back again in his next film with Suseenthiran." stated Surendhar MK of OnlyKollywood.
"Overall, Aambala is a regular family drama that offers occasional laughs from its diverse star-cast but falls flat with contrivances and stereotypes usually associated with a Sundar C film," he said.
"Aambala as mentioned is a mindless entertainer and when you walk out of theatres, there isn't anything much to think about what you have seen, but feel a sigh of relief with entertainment," according to top10cinema.
"Aambala is another of Sundar C's old wine in a polished-to-look-like-new bottle, that will work, like always," stated Behindwoods Review Board.
"Ultimately, Aambala is a classic Sundar C premise, and he makes the 2.5 hours go by with everything that's expected of him," the website stated.
Verdict: Typical Family Drama, Entertains in Parts