No film in recent times has struck a chord while delivering gripping and engaging content, as much as director K. V. Anand’s ‘Anegan‘. The film alters between two different eras while predominantly focusing on the ’80s. Anegan features Dhanush, as Ashwin, who is made to believe that Madhu (Amyra Dastur) is his one true love. Anegan takes one of Indian cinema’s most popular themes of that period – the reincarnation drama – and sets it around this very idea, but in an entirely new plot, filled with several twists.
Sounds confusing? Well, it certainly might seem that way after you’ve watched the film. Let me be a little clear. The film also borrows its theme from the cult classic Tamil film Nenjam Marappathillai, the Hollywood film The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, which was remade in Hindi as Karz and later in Tamil as Ennakul Oruvan. Switching the role of a disturbed male protagonist with a female lead is the twist K. V. Anand brings to this film. This is highly appreciative! Had it remained the same way, the audience would’ve certainly had the feeling of déjà vu, just like the heroine in this movie. And it would’ve also turned into a terrible film about stalking.
The first half of the film gives you a glimpse of the early period in Burma, introducing us to Murugappa and Samudhra, and focusing on their love story. It quickly shifts to the current era where we see an employee of a video game company falling off from the high-rise building due to her delusions. All this mystery will leave you wondering – what’s in store in the second half? The second half gives us an entirely new plot, a new back-story. The intriguing plot takes a twist when the story reveals the real villain of the film and his intentions. A few scenes like the employee’s suicide, the illusions and the story set in Burma were contrived only to peak the curiosity level of the audience and may not entirely add substance to the intended story. The art and the props used in every era are excellent, especially the scene in which Amyra goes to the old age home and you see the camera pan across a man reading the ‘The Hindu’ that bears the old layout or also the clever use of a few characters who mouth comical lines.
Emoting at the right time and lip-syncing almost perfectly, Amyra Dastur makes an impressive debut! She also bags a suitably meaty role in this film.Ashish Vidyarthi and Mukesh Tiwari steal the show with their limited screen time. Portraying two varied characters in the film, Karthik delivers a neat and engaging performance. Portraying four different roles in the film, Dhanush balances his act perfectly, especially as the character Kaali, while mouthing the colloquial slang of Madras. The scene in which he goes to ask Kalyani’s hand in marriage while delivering a speech on the caste system is noteworthy. It was also fun to watch Dhanush mimic Karthik, and also address the doubts of the audience. Infusing a certain level of spunk and zeal to his characters with an utmost subtle performance, Dhanush delivers big!
There is not much to remember about Harris Jayaraj’s music, except the dance number ‘Daanga Maari‘, that certainly got the audience in the theatre dancing. The absence of a drink sequence, a catcalling woman in their songs and a ‘mass’ factor in it, is what gives this film a refreshing tone. Despite the long-drawn out climax and a few logical loopholes, Anegan really doesn’t lose its momentum, throwing in enough action that’ll keep you hooked till the end.
Why you should watch the film?
If you’re looking for a perfectly enjoyable time at the movies, then Anegan might just be your safe bet. It’s riveting, interesting and completely enjoyable!
K. V. Anand is surely back with his witty script and a fast-paced film.