Friday, February 22, 2008

Movie review - Anjathe

What would you call a movie that is 25% a love story, 15% a family melodrama, 20% a psycho thriller and 40% a movie about friendship? "Anjathe"? Is the director talking about his frame of mind while making the movie? Once when I visited a hotel, there was this waiter who told suggested a dish and said "Paravailla bhayapdama sapdunga... onnum aagadhu". I avoided that suggested dish with a vengeance everytime I visited that place. Maybe the director was like that waiter... warning me.. "Paravailla Bhayapdama Paarunga". I should have avoided this movie with a vengeance too.

What is pitiful is that Anjathe, has a decent story. that is something out of the ordinary fare. (Some people liken it to Mystic river... I fail to get the connection). But what screws that story completely is inept directing, some partisan acting and a script which rambles like a lunatic on speed. There is no one controling the script... there are ever so many scenes that make you sit up and scream.. "What exactly is the director trying to do ?". (if you think the scene at the hospital where the killers come in one by one to get beaten up is nice.. i have no words for you). The script jumps in a single frame from a movie about friendhsip gone wrong to a serial kidnapper/killer story, and suddenly switches back to being a love story only to go on to being a family drama. Throw in a few psycho characters and you have got "Anjathe".

It is not only that coherance is lacking, but presentation is half assed too. The main actors go through their routines like school kids. Naren can emote to an extent, but his friend is just a stone in all the scenes ecxept one where he laments and makes us laugh. Vijayalakshmi, as the sister / love interest fails to impress. She was good in Chennai 600028 but then she never had to utter a word in the entire movie.

The director also resorts to some cheap thrills like never showing the face of one of the villains (purportedly that kind of movie making falls under the 'slick' category). Using the handicapped person the way he was too was too cheap a gimmick. Why does he have to wave his stump like a flag everytime he talks? And please someone tell me who chose that wig for Prasanna !!! His wig would have made even Asha Parekh or Sharmila Tagore flinch. Prasanna cannot be a convincing villain. He could probably go back to playing the chocolate sweet hero in Prakash Raj movies. His mannerisms and his choice of get-up alone was proof enough that he is not a versatile actor. A sham. Naren is better, but his frog eyes might not make him the most handsome guy around. But at least he is not pretentious. I wonder how his hair never messes even during fight sequences.

The movie has also been shot on a nylon shoe lace budget. Perhaps the only movie to shoot the dream love sequence, in the same kind of set the villains have their hide-out. Most of the actors are either new faces or struggling ones, and there are no big budget fight sequences. Just scuffles on the road, and in a sugarcane field. The climax even though has been shot differently was long drawn out and slightly pretentious. On the whole, this is a very confused movie, which cannot be classified into any particular bucket... excepting maybe the "do not watch" bucket.

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Migrating Thoughts - Ramblings of a Mind said...

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ram said...

Chitti, Wats the matter... No reviews from your side on Dasavatharam n kuruvi.... Looking forward to that.....

sampath said...

I could not agree more with you regarding this movie.