Release Date : Aug 15,2014
Anjaan (aka) Anjan review

Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
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Production: Siddharth Roy Kapur, Subash Chandra Bose
Cast: Brahmanantham, Manoj Bajpai, Samantha, Soori, Suriya, Vidyut Jammwal
Direction: Lingusamy
Screenplay: Lingusamy
Story: Lingusamy
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Background score: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Santhosh Sivan
Dialogues: Brindha Sarathy
Editing: Anthony
Art direction: Rajeevan
Stunt choreography: Silva
Dance choreography: Brindha, Raju Sundaram
Lyrics: Kabilan, Madhan Karky, Na Muthukumar, Viveka
PRO: Jhonson
Distribution: Tiruapthi Brothers
On the lines of Baasha Bhai and Vishwa Bhai, here comes a powerful Raju Bhai who enjoys killing and also finds time for some love. A simple story revolving around a revenge spree is what Anjaan is all about. The dazzling Suriya looks dashing and smart. The Neymar like hair do, toned down costumes and exquisitely built body are all thoroughly convincing.
Santhosh Sivan's yellow DI throughout the film gives the much needed look to the Mumbai based underworld film. There was no darkness in the compositions, to bring out the brevity of the script. All the gloss and shine goes with the art direction and shot divisions. Anthony sets a pace and rhythm to this almost 3 hour long commercial film. Lingusamy has written the film based on the 'present to memories' filled non-linear narration to detail a suspense attempted story. Dialogues to a great extent are acceptable except for one that keeps coming along.
The Tamil mass audiences want popcorn films. Essentially, the film has to get over before the eatable gets over. Anjaan takes its own sweet time to start and wrap. Though not much time is spent on how Raju and Chandru became a name to be feared, the Raju Bhai phenomenon is given the typical cliched hype almost till the second half.
Samantha is cute and apt. The love portions almost work. Yuvan's background score gives varied colors. The siren used in the BGM during the build-ups is an experimentation. Special attention could have been given to the lip-syncs.
Starting from the perspective of the challenged Krishna who goes on the picaresque search of his lost brother, the story dwells too much on the already experienced cinematic liberties like the act of love, friendship and revenge.
The pre-interval stunt sequence needs a special mention. Stunt Silva has made it look live and realistic. Thanks to Suriya, Vidyut gets his slice of stunts in the flashback. Dissolved characters, unfurnished villains, stereotypical narration and song placement duds the flow of the film. The comedy portion of Brahmanandham forcefully put post-interval catering to the Telugu audience, is a speed breaker to the already lurching movie.
The predictable climax makes the whole product less impactful. One palpable connect towards the denouement is a life saver. Anjaan goes to the list of, 'Could have been better' movies.
Verdict: Suriya and Anjaan, let down by the screenplay!
( 2.0 / 5.0 )


Anjaan (aka) Anjan

Anjaan (aka) Anjan is a Tamil movie with production by Siddharth Roy Kapur, Subash Chandra Bose, direction by Lingusamy, cinematography by Santhosh Sivan, editing by Anthony. The cast of Anjaan (aka) Anjan includes Brahmanantham, Manoj Bajpai, Samantha, Soori, Suriya, Vidyut Jammwal.