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Anniyan - Preview

By Ramaa

Location : Chennai

Read on about an exclusive preview of the movie.

At last, the movie which we have been waiting for shall be released tomorrow. It has been clothed in secrecy which has made it the talk of tinsel town lending it an aura of majesty. The stills which had been placed at vantage points prove the magnificent production values for the film. Both the lead actor and the director are stalwarts in the field and have worked their heart out for the success of the project. Although it has taken the greater part of two years to complete the film, we hope that the waiting will prove worthwhile and keep the box office ringing.

The story revolves around Vikram who has played multiple roles for the first time in his career. He plays a lawyer called Ambi and has brought freshness to the portrayal of the community with which we commonly associate the name. He is an idealistic lawyer who wants to end the anti-social elements in the society. However, he is not alone in his quest. Unknown to him, another character (Vikram again) accomplishes the mission with ease. Prakashraj plays the police officer hot on the heels of the terminator. Vivek is his assistant. Although the story is somewhat Spiderman-like, what distinguishes the film is the immense dedication with which the team has worked. This is reflected in the screenplay and Shankar is a great story-teller. After the failure of Boyz, he must be a chastened man and has stuck to what he does best – neat entertainment without preaching.

Shankar’s movies are full of interesting characters. Anniyan is no different. There is an entire team of heavyweights in the cast. Nedumudi Venu plays Vikram’s father and Nasser is a psychiatrist. Kalabavan Mani is the perfect foil for Vivek’s comedy track. About the ladies there is not much. Sadha who played a simple belle in Jeyam is the sophisticated heroine while supermodel Yana Gupta makes an item number appearance.

The best technicians have been roped in. Ravi Varman and Manikandan are the cinematographers while V.T. Vijayan is the editor. Raju Sundaram, Kalyan and Ahmed Khan are the dance masters while Peter Hayne is the action choreographer. Harris Jayaraj has scored the music and there is no doubt that it is another chart-topping offering from him going by the audio sales. Vairamuthu, Na. Muthukumar and Kabilan have penned the lyrics while story, screenplay, dialogue and direction are by Shankar. The film has been produced by Ravichandran and Ramesh Babu for Oscar Films.

Trade reports talk in awe of the lavish cost of the project which was the first in the industry to get institutional finance from IDBI. It has followed corporate operational model resulting in optimum utilization of funds.

There is much at stake for Ravichandran, Vikram and Shankar. As the curtains go up tomorrow, one of the important chapters of contemporary Tamil cinema history will be chalked out.