Meanwhile, Simbu comes across Shriya Saran one day and it is love at first sight. Although she doesn't pay heed to his romantic pursuits in the beginning, she too develops feelings for him in time. They both decide to elope and get married, but the son of Simbu's boss informs the police about Madura Michael. After he is arrested and sent to jail, Shriya's family fixes an alliance for her. Simbu's friends then decide to make an escape route to unite him with Shriya, but he makes it clear that if they get married, she would not be able to live a peaceful life since his past is not quite clean. He then decides to leave Madurai.
Many years pass by and Simbu turns old and now goes by the name Ashwin Thatha. After witnessing Vijayakumar, an old friend now married to a younger woman, he too decides to get married to a young person. He then puts up an advertisement in the matrimonial and many people approach him. Tamannaah too is one among them. However, she comes there to fix an alliance for her grandmother Kovai Sarala. A friendship blossoms between Simbu and Tamannaah and whether this turns into love or not along with the relation to Kasthuri's search for the don forms the rest of the plot for the first part of Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan.
The first installment sees Simbu appearing as Madura Michael and Ashwin Thatha characters. Madura Michael's introduction is as expected explosive and STR plays the mass role in a satisfactory manner. His dance atop the shoulders of the fans in the introduction song is stunning. As Ashwin Thatha, he looks chubby and performs the comedy portions in a just manner. Despite all this, a question lingers around as to whether the film will satisfy Simbu's fans. Mahat has played his part to the level he knows best. VTV Ganesh once again plays his part well - be it in sentiment or comedy scenes and the same can be said about Motta Rajendran too, who once again leaves audiences in splits each time he speaks. Shriya Saran plays a homely role and has delivered a neat performance. She looks refreshingly beautiful throughout and adds strength to the narrative. Tamannaah is at her glamorous best and earns whistles whenever she appears on screen. Her performance in the role of a girl in love with Ashwin Thatha and the caretaker of an old age home can be complimented.
Director Adhik Ravichandran has understood the pulse of Simbu fans and has delivered what they would like to watch for the most part. Being a fan of the actor himself, he has placed scenes that will earn whistles at appropriate junctures in the narrative. He has tapped the commercial element well and delivers a package that is explosive in parts. However, he should have paid more attention in crafting a better screenplay as the film falters and spirals downwards. Had he written it with more care, the film would have turned out to be a feast no doubt. Yuvan Shankar Raja is one of the biggest strengths and he has delivered songs that are enjoyable even after leaving the cinemas and a rocking background score fitting Simbu's stature. Krishnan Vasant's cinematography skills come to the fore as he has shot the 1970s portions in such a manner that we feel being transported to the era.
In short, the first installment of Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan sizzles less.