by Sai Shyam G
Suriya’s Anjaan, one of the most anticipated films of this year, has hit the screens today amidst much fanfare. ‘Is it a must for every popular hero to play a Mumbai don at least once in their lifetime?’ This is the question that is lingering on my mind as I am writing this review. The reason I say this is we have already seen Kamal Haasan’s Nayagan, Rajinikanth’s Baadshah and Vijay’s Thalaivaa, and still, we are being shown one more Mumbai based don story. And, it gets worse when the screenplay goes for a toss. Suriya, who usually chooses his script wisely, has gone wrong this time around.
Krishna (Suriya) comes in search of his brother Raju Bhai (Suriya, again), who is an underworld don in Mumbai. As Krishna meets different characters to enquire about his brother, the past of Raju Bhai is revealed to us. We are shown how Raju Bhai, Chandru (Vidyut Jamwal) and their gang have a powerful say in the underworld. A twist in the intermission reveals the most obvious suspense anyone would have guessed. There is also a love track between Jeeva (Samantha) and Raju Bhai. We will get to know the truth behind Krishan’s search for his brother in the second half.
The movie relies solely on Suriya and he has given a riveting performance. Suriya has managed to differentiate between the two characters convincingly, with respect to body language and dialogue delivery. He looks dapper with vibrant costumes as a don and his sharp stare is enough to send shock waves to his enemies. As Krisha, he comes with an understated performance and the looks remind us of his Vaaranam Aayiram days.
Samantha looks gorgeous throughout the film and the songs has enough oomph factor to please her ardent fans. However, her characterization is nothing to rave about. Another victim of poorly-sketched characterization is Vidyut Jamwal. Except in the flashback sequence, where he has some important scenes and vital screen presence, he has been merely wasted. All he gets to do is walk beside Suriya in some sequences and rave about his magnanimity. Soori has more of an extended cameo role, and he evokes some laughter here and there. All the villains in the film including Manoj Bajpai are pathetic, to say the least. Be it the lip-sync or expressions, they are left clueless.
Yuvan’s usual magic is definitely missing in the songs, but he makes up for it with his terrific BGM. In all the long and predictable fight sequences, if at all you remain interested, it should be because of some stirring music from Yuvan. Santosh Sivan’s camera work is brilliant, with the visuals turning out to be catchy. Anthony should have cut away at least couple of songs and fight sequences, as they don’t create any impact (Expect the movie to be trimmed based on audience feedback).
Direction – Lingusamy
Director Lingusamy got the best resources he could have asked for in this film — Suriya, Samantha, Vidyut Jamwal, Yuvan, Santosh Sivan and Anthony, and it is saddening to see the end product. It is majorly because of the uninspiring and monotonous screenplay. The song placements remind you of movies made in the 1990s. The fight sequences are bland, the outcome and the subject remain the same, just that the enemies are swapped. And, yes, the protagonist knows about the hiding place of all his targets. He would ask others, and when they say they don’t have an idea, he will reach the places himself. More intelligence should have been applied to the screenplay. I fail to understand how this movie got a ‘U’ certificate, with so much of sleaze and crass dressing.
There are few plus points in the film too. For instance, Brindha Sarathy’s dialogues at times, are impactful. More than the punchlines that Suriya mouthed, I liked Vidyut’s dialogue ‘Kooda irukara dhrogingala dhana pathurka, ennoda viswasatha paathadhiu ila la’. Although predictable, the interval block gives a slight hope for the film to revive, but the director fails to capitalize on it.
And dear makers, we are not expecting such so called ‘mass’ entertainers from our heroes. We would be happy to see them in realistic and relatable movies unless you are sure of coming up with a thoroughly engaging screenplay. If your motive is to please the audience, please be open to take feedback and don’t shy away from negative ones. After all, it’s we who are watching the movies and celebrating our heroes.
Written by Sai Shyam G | Follow @saishyamg