Anjaan: Film Review – High on style, low on substance

 It is no doubt that Suriya is an actor who defines versatility. But after watching him in his last two films – Maattrraan and 7aum Arivu, one would expect the actor to choose a better film. But later, the biggie Anjaan was announced, and fans rejoiced. This, primarily because, the actor teams up with filmmaker Lingusamy. The director is known for treating the audience to simple, yet racy films that have engaged the viewers. But sadly, Anjaan doesn’t quite do the trick for Suriya, and it is highly doubtful if it will curb the hunger of his fans.

Unimaginative and disappointing: This is exactly what director Lingusamy, has provided. The film opens up in an intriguing way; it traces the life of the Mumbai Gangster, Raju Bhai (Suriya). The film gets highly-predictable later on. This, because of its wafer-thin story. A revenge drama, that has already been – heated, tossed and served, several times to the audience. But what makes this film less interesting is the lack of originality in the story, and its uninteresting narrative.
 
You tend to lose faith in the film when you see Hindi actors whose lip-sync is terrible. It confused me if they were mouthing Hindi or Telugu dialogues. It was perhaps better to assume that they just popped a chewing gum and mouthed random lines. Continuing the thought, the film is also brimmed with too many songs, which seem unnecessary. Over all, it was as if Yuvan Shankar Raja lazily composed these tunes. With its juvenile lyrics and rhyme-like tune, even the signature BGM track for the protagonist, doesn’t seem convincing.
 
 
 
 
The film also boasts of a few illogical sequences: each gangster has a contact image of their fellow gang member, stored on their smartphones, including the contact image of the rival. The villains are all brawn and no brain – it’s beyond belief to see how easily they get convinced and turn traitors. The film is loaded with flashbacks. Every time the protagonist even remotely reminisces over his life, the insert shots are placed in the form of flashbacks. This in-turn reveals that the story is shallow, and these scenes are placed in to stretch the plot. But Anjaan, does achieve to grasp your attention for a few moments. A particular mention to the bromance that Vidyut and Suriya share, as well as the film’s pre-climax scene. You might even love the film’s captivating, climax sequence.
 
Given that the film stars biggies like Manoj Bajpayee and Vidyut Jamwal, the story doesn’t bring out the best in them. This, because of the poorly written script, that disengages the viewer. Samantha reprises the role of Jeeva. A pretty girl, who just sways, wears fashionable but ill-fitted clothes. She is somebody who needs to work on her body language, especially on her dance moves.  Suriya is terrific as the rugged Raju Bhai, he shines brilliantly in the role of Krishna, the naïve brother. But this story, just doesn’t do justice to this genius actor.
 
Overall, this film is an old wine in a new bottle, offering very little to the audience. The emotional scenes don’t get you emotional, the songs don’t get you dancing and inspite of a few worthy punch-lines, the dialogues don’t get you hooting or whistling. This commercial entertainer is a mighty letdown. Revenge dramas have always worked for the Tamil audience. The film, intended to be an action-entertainer, does offer a lot of action, but sans the entertainment.
 
Why should you watch the film?
 
Watch this film for its well-choreographed action-sequences, and Suriya’s dynamic performance.
 

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2 Comments

  1. zyla

    August 15, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    raisa u give amazing reviews.. i always see ur review before i watch any tamil film.

  2. Saravanan Ramamoorthy

    August 16, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    They wanted to do a Basha for Surya and miserably failed,thanks to an ineffective screen play.

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