Review: ‘Ada…a way of life’ gets lost in translation

Last Updated: Dec 31, 2010, 18:29 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Director of ‘Ada…A way of life’ Tanvir Ahmed describes this film as “a tale of a noble father, a religious mother and a gangster son in Mumbai City”.

The protagonist Ayaan Ahmed is young boy of twenty-two years, who sways from one extreme to another by taking recourse in the crime world even as his thoughts are guided by the teachings of his religious parents.

Ayaan (Ayaan Ahmed) is the son of a righteous and law abiding writer Anil Anand (Rahul Roy), and a spiritual mother Aamina (Ayesha Julka), whose gentle world is turned upside down when his father starts receiving death threats if he goes ahead with his testimony against some criminals.

Traversing the convoluted film on a strange premise, director Tanvir argues if a goon can write a Holy script like Ramayana, then why can’t writer become an outlaw to justify mutiny against degrading moral values in the society.

The logic defies and so does the film, which sees the hero indulging in just two things. He is either involved in heavy philosophical discussions with his parents on ethics and eventuality or else, he is on killing spree wiping the filth of the society, ostensibly teaching criminals a lesson much needed to be taught by the actual law upholders.

In between the grave discussions and the gun play, the sad-looking protagonist finds some time to romance a girl from nowhere (Nauheed Cyrusi) and sing a few soulful songs (AR Rahman) with her.

Overall, the film laments against the declining moral code of modern society. ‘Ada…A way of life’ compels us to re-examine the youth-crime phenomenon in an eccentric, yet poignant way.

Ratings: Two stars for this one