Anithaa - Movie Review
by : Behindwoods review board
Shankar V Rajan
has to be expressed, else it
remains unrequited. Love that
goes unexpressed and untold
has formed the crux of many
movies. Declaring love has to
be done at the right time, delaying
the process can cause heartbreak.
We have got many such messages
from movies over the years and
decades and yet this subject
continues to fascinate film
makers and audience worldwide.
But, only an universally understood
theme does not make a good movie,
the other elements have to come
together too. This is where
Kaartic Anithaa falters.
movie handles a theme that has been used
countless times in cinema. It is only a
fresh screenplay, deft treatment and the
chemistry of the lead pair that has to carry
the movie into the audiences’ hearts
and strike a chord. But, even before you
are half way through the movie you might
realize that you have seen something strikingly
similar before, the Prashanth-Shalini starrer
Piriyatha Varam Vendum which in turn was
a remake of the Malayalam hit Niram. A boy
and a girl of the same age; they are neighbors
and have grown up together, they cherish
each other’s company and are the best
of buddies. It is only a matter of time,
we think, before love is declared. But that
never happens. Similarities to the above
mentioned movie are undeniable. So further
details about the plot are not revealed
here. If you are interested, you can check
out if Kaartic Anithaa gives a novel climax
to an oft repeated theme.
As said earlier, it is a fresh screenplay
and the lead pair’s chemistry that
has to carry this movie forward. When the
story is one that has been beaten to death,
the screenplay will obviously be hard pressed
for ideas to make proceedings interesting.
It tries, but fails in the attempt. In what
is supposed to be a love story, there is
very little romance, mainly because love
is never proposed till the very end. It
is more of companionship and even that fails
to impress. In short, the relationship fails
to evoke any feelings in the audience; for
a love story, this is a big setback.
Performances: Debutantes Rathan and Manju
have done fairly well, though one feels
that the heroine could have emoted better
at places. Kota Sreenivasa Rao and Rajan
P Dev are surprise packets in very mellow
roles as the lead pairs’ fathers.
Their potential however remains underutilized.
Popular TV anchor Manohar makes a big impact
in a small role. Appearing as a person with
a mental disorder, his performance, especially
in a scene where he is presented as Kaartic’s
father to his college principal, is a laugh
riot. It is one of the few portions of the
movie which liven up proceedings.
Technically, there is not much that deserves
special mention. Two cinematographers, Sai
Suresh and K.G. Shankar, have been used
and they have done a neat job. Editing by
Velmurugan could have been tighter. Music
by debutante Jack Anand is passable, though
a love story demands a score with lot more
Overall, Kaartic Anithaa is a rerun of an
often repeated theme of love that is unexpressed.
A loose and predictable screenplay by the
director Sri Hari is the major pitfall of
Evokes no emotions