Anegan Review

by Sai Shyam G


After getting mixed reviews for his last film Maattrraan, director KV Anand has put his brave foot forward and he has come up with an unconventional, yet entertaining film, Anegan. The movie has a slightly complex screenplay, but KV Anand has made sure that the execution almost matches up with the script on the paper. With one of the most talented actors Dhanush onboard, what’s special in the movie apart from the chartbuster ‘Danga Maari’ track? Read on.

Plot


The movie revolves around various love stories between Dhanush and Amyra Dastur across different births and time periods. There is also an interesting connection for all the love stories with a gaming company, which is headed by veteran actor Karthik.

Performances


Dhanush proves yet again that he is a director’s delight. He stamps his mark across all 4 characters, especially as Kaali. Dhanush rules the entire second half as Kaali, and his energy level is unbelievably high. ‘Danga Maari’ track is sure to send the fans to frenzy mode. He also makes a solid impact in the initial sequences set at Burma in 1962, and he gives a relatable performance in the present-day character, Ashwin.

Newcomer Amyra Dastur is not left far behind Dhanush, in terms of performance. The entire screenplay unfolds from her point of view, and her role is one of the kingpins in the film. She does emote brilliantly and the director has once again got the best out of his heroine. Karthik makes a comeback of sorts, and his unique dialogue delivery strikes a chord with the audience.

Technicalities


Looking beyond the sensational hit ‘Danga Maari’, Harris Jayaraj’s other songs are also hummable. The background score aids the movie’s flow and adds up to the momentum, whenever needed. Cinematographer Om Prakash must be lauded for keeping the visuals slick, while editor Anthony plays a major role in the final output of the film.

Direction – KV Anand


In spite of the slightly confusing screenplay, director KV Anand and writers Subha have kept the connecting dots simple. The movie does require careful attention, but does not test the intelligence of the audience. The entire first half keeps the audience guessing and completely engrossed. The director does not delve into the details of the gaming industry much, and it could have been a cautious attempt after minute detailing backfired in Maattrraan. 

The director has done his basic research well, as the scenes at Burma and Vyasarpadi look authentic. The dialogues across different time periods and territories are also convincing. On the flip side, the sequences before climax look cliched. The director could have been more creative and unpredictable towards the end, given the vast premise he has. However, the movie has come as a whiff of fresh air, as it does not follow the standard template.

Written by Sai Shyam G |