‘Aavesham’ Ending Explained: Will Ranga Ever Leave Aju, Bibin, And Shanthan?


Aavesham’s Ranga is the most colorful villain that I have come across in recent times. And definitely, it was Fahadh Faasil’s perfect comic timing and acting that pulled off the character with such grace. In Bollywood, some folks believe demeaning the character makes it funny. But as the old saying goes, every villain sees himself as the hero of the story. And one can literally see that belief in Faasil’s character. If you have watched the film, then you already know that there is nothing much to talk about in Aavesham except for Ranga himself. Yes, there are some subplots around college bullying and revenge, but I guess most of you, like me, want to know more about Ranga and his background. So without further ado, let’s get this started.

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Why Did Ranga Befriend the College Lads?

If you remember the iconic dialogue from Amitabh Bachchan’s Deewar, then you know that a don often has everything except for “maa,” true friends, and a family. The same is true in Ranga’s case. The jolly fella fills his lonely void with Instagram reels, but the sad truth is, he doesn’t really have any true friends to share his heart with. It is true that Amban is a true companion and even gets hurt when Ranga declares that he has no friends at all, but Ranga’s equation with Amban is quite different. Amban worships Ranga, which isn’t really something one looks for in a friendship. Ranga wants people who’d treat him like an equal or like a brother. 

So long story short, the three students, Aju, Bibin, and Shanthan, who had recently enrolled in engineering college, Vaana Veekshan, in Bangalore, found themselves getting bullied by their seniors. They tried to stand up against them initially but were later abducted from the boys hostel and thrashed black and blue so that they wouldn’t dare mess with Kutty and his gang again. Aju, burning with an urge for revenge, suggested that they get local support if they want to teach Kutty a lesson, and therefore began their hunt for a gangster’s support in Bangalore’s shady bars. They finally come across Ranga in Mayuri Bar, who gets quite fascinated with Bibin and lets him share the table and hear his story.

It is quite evident from the very first interaction that Ranga’s smiling face hides a certain pain, which he doesn’t want to reveal because it will make him seem vulnerable in front of the gang. And you know how “terror” works in some fields of work, right? The college lads played along just to earn Ranga’s trust before sharing their own painful story, but in the meantime, Ranga enjoyed spending time with his new friends, just like a kid who is more than happy to see the new toys in his playpen.

Did Ranga really kill his cousin?

We really don’t know anything about Ranga’s past except for the fairy tales that his sidekick Amban shared with the college lads. But trust me, Amban was an unreliable narrator, so it would be safe to assume that he took a lot of “creative liberties” while narrating Ranga’s origin story. It was quite evident from the fact that Ranga himself suggested he use the “Juice Story” when Aju, Bibin, and Shanthan inquired about how Ranga became a don. So juice seller or not, Ranga did meet Reddy in the past and got intrigued by the job. Reddy, on the other hand, saw Ranga as a volcano ready to erupt, which he used against his enemies. But little did Reddy know that the ambitious Ranga one day would leave the gang to start something of his own and become a more fierce don than Reddy could have ever been.

If this origin story holds some truth, then it might be true that Ranga’s mother left him because of his new line of work. His juice seller relative, on the other hand, tried to kill him for the property, which was when Ranga unleashed his fury upon him and buried him in the very same house that he gave to Aju, Bibin, and Shanthan. So, yes, Ranga was a killer in the past, but he then promised his mother that he’d never get his hands bloody again. His mother didn’t come back, but she left a void in Ranga’s life that he was never able to fill until Aju, Bibin, and Shanthan came into the picture.

Why Did Ranga Get Obsessed With The College Lads?

I see Ranga as an obsessed lover or a lonely child who often gets too attached to his toys. I call Aju, Bibin, and Shanthan Ranga’s toys because he never bothered asking them about their personal lives or their problems. He just treated them to good food, wine, and a luxury life, hoping those would win him their affection. It was more like dressing your Barbie in “your” chosen color of clothes and giving the toy a house that you own. In short, Ranga wasn’t bothered about the college lads’ feelings or insecurities. I understand that they had been using Ranga for their own benefit, but still, Ranga, being an overly authoritative figure in their lives, lacked compassion, which is one of the reasons why he never had any real companions.

Initially, the luxury enchanted the college lads, who had spent most of their lives in poverty, but then the same extravagance started to suffocate them when they understood that they were nothing but mere prisoners in Ranga’s wonderland. They tried to escape, but Ranga had already made a show of his karate boys, who dared to leave Ranga’s gang. The message was loud and clear: No one leaves Ranga’s side alive.

Why did Ranga not kill Aju, Bibin, and Shanthan?

Aavesham’s ending is all about Ranga undergoing a transformation, though not in the way you would expect. So, as the film began, we saw him donning white clothes, because that’s how his teacher, the former boss Reddy, used to dress. Now, I will again call Ranga the innocent child who starts to dress like his inspiration because he doesn’t find anything morally wrong with that. But Reddy blamed Ranga for stealing his style and his limelight, which was why he tried to threaten the college kids to snitch on Ranga so that Reddy could kill him. In short, Ranga’s death was the only way Aju, Bibin, and Shanthan could escape his grasp, which is why they called Reddy at Ranga’s old house when Ranga got all emotional and contemplative. 

Even at the very end, Ranga couldn’t understand why Aju, Bibin, and Shanthan wanted to leave him. He felt helpless when his mother left him. He had no other option when his relative betrayed him. Everyone that Ranga once loved left him, and he still couldn’t understand the reason why. Sometimes, it is not about the reason why people leave you. It is more about how people change, things change, and situations change, but for the immature Ranga, it was all too complicated. He thought that life was black and white, not gray. So even though Ranga didn’t plan to kill Aju, Bibin, and Shanthan after they wanted to leave, he did unsheathe his knife after they betrayed him and compelled him to break his only promise to his mother, because of which he had to kill his teacher. Hence, now Ranga had a million reasons to kill Aju, Bibin, and Shanthan, yet Bibin’s mother saved the day for the college lads. She just sweetly asked Ranga if he was happy. And it is the same thing Ranga asked himself: Will killing these selfish and ignorant lads make him happy? The answer was evident. Surprisingly, Ranga didn’t even kill those karate boys who wanted to leave his gang. One can see them standing behind Ranga, now in an all-black ensemble, in the closing scene of the film. So maybe it was just a stunt that Ranga pulled on the college kids so that they wouldn’t turn their backs on him.

Will Ranga Ever Leave Aju, Bibin, And Shanthan?

In Aavesham’s ending, Ranga, who had made up his mind not to spill any more blood, gave a final warning to Aju, Bibin, and Shanthan that he would do something bad to them if they dared to fail their exam. Mostly because it would make Bibin’s mother sad, and it was something Ranga couldn’t see. But even after Ranga’s ultimatum, Aju and Bibin failed in one subject each, and therefore they had to face Ranga’s wrath. Now, this time around, we saw Ranga in a totally new avatar. He wasn’t wearing white anymore. Ranga was seen wearing black clothes, trying not to copy his teacher anymore. Also, the new clothes and new color suggested Ranga’s new avatar, who brought new tools to thrash the kids for failing their exams instead of bringing guns and knives to school. So yes, Aju, Bibin, and Shanthan would still get beaten over trivial things, but at least they won’t be killed, and I guess that’s the only consolation they can get as of now.

Jithu Madhavan has created an extremely vibrant character for his film, and even though Aavesham doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, it will not be wrong to suggest that we might see Ranga again in Jithu Madhavan’s expanded universe. Let’s hope for the best.

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Shikhar Agrawal
Shikhar Agrawal
I am an Onstage Dramatist and a Screenwriter. I have been working in the Indian Film Industry for the past 12 years, writing dialogues for various films and television shows.

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