Review : Anna – Wasted Opportunity
anna-review Release date : 09 August 2013 Rating : 2.5/5
Director : A.L.Vijay
Producer : Kasi Viswanadham
Music Director : G V Prakash Kumar
Starring : Vijay, Amala Paul..

Tamil Star Vijay has teamed up with director A.L.Vijay for the film ‘Anna’ .The story of the film is expected to be along the lines of Kamal Haasan’s ‘Nayakudu’. But can the film live up to the promise? Amala Paul is the heroine and Kasi Viswanadham is the producer. Let us see how the movie is.

Story :

Vishwa (Vijay) is an aspiring dancer based in Australia. He runs a mineral water plant and earns well. But his real passion is dance and he works hard to succeed in that area. One day, he comes across Meera (Amala Paul) and falls for her charms. He also manages to impress Meera’s father (Suresh).

Suresh insists upon meeting Vishwa’s father and so they travel to the city of Mumbai. Vijay thinks his father is a simple businessman. But he realises that his dad is a local strongman revered by thousands of poor people. He realises that he is the son of Anna (Sathyaraj).

Vijay’s world is shattered. Fate conspires against him and he loses everything that is dear to him. In these circumstances,  will he stand up for the people who are dependent on his family? Will he take up the mantle of Anna? That is what ‘Anna’ is all about.

Plus Points :

Vijay has given a decent performance as Vishwa. Amala Paul has a key role in the film and she looks pretty. Sathyaraj has very good screen presence and he has done justice to the role of Anna. In fact, Sathyaraj’s scenes are easily the best sequences in the film. Veteran actor Suresh has performed well.

The interval twist is good and the film gains momentum here. Santhanam brings much needed comic relief and his one liners work most of the time. He has some nice lines, like “Orey, vere vaadi auto ki nuvvu ayudha pooja cheyali anukovatam thappu ra”.

Minus Points :

The basic story line is similar to Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam’s ‘Nayakudu’. Except for the interval twist, the story proceeds along expected lines.

The treatment of the hero’s character could have been a lot better. Vijay never really rises from Vishwa to Anna in the film. The aspect of ‘hero elevation’ is sorely missing and the director wasted many chances where this could have easily been achieved. For stories of this kind to work, viewers have to be drawn in emotionally. A.L.Vijay’s narration does not achieve this objective.

Except for Santhanam’s one liners, the entertainment quotient in the film is zero. The film’s run time, which is in excess of 3 hours, is a major minus point. The patience of viewers will get tested at times, especially in the second half.

There are a lot of loopholes in the plot. It is not possible to elaborate on this point anymore, as this would reveal the twists in the story. Songs are a major minus point for the movie. None of them manage to create an impact.

Technical Aspects :

Nirav Shah’s cinematography is decent. Editing is bad. A lot of scenes in the second half could have been trimmed. Background score by G.V.Prakash is not up to the mark. Dialogues are just about ok.

A.L.Vijay is a mismatch for this subject. A director with a good ‘mass pulse’ would have done justice for this movie.

Verdict :

‘Anna’ is a disappointment. In fact, it is a wasted opportunity. With that kind of a story line, the film should have ended up as a solid commercial drama. But all it manages to do is drag on and on. The Box Office prospects for this film look quite bleak in Andhra Pradesh. Rating – 2.5/5

Reviewed by Mahesh S Koneru


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