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Cast: Dhanush, Amyra Dastur, Aishwarya Devan, Karthik, Ashish Vidyarthi, Atul Kulkarni, Mukesh Tiwari and Thalaivasal Vijay
Director : K.V. Anand
Producer : Kalpathi S Aghoram, Kalpathi S Suresh, Kalpathi S Ganesh
Music Director : Harris Jayaraj
What happens when the characters producing video games are imbibed to fantasies? KV Anand’s knack to blend his commercial entertainers with socially disturbing themes has won him good appreciations. Sometimes, themes sound good, but what if the content fails to impress you. Traversing through the fantasies and realities, Anegan brings a story of romantic couple (Dhanush & Amyra Dastur) whose lives have tragically ended in different eras. Will their present lives have the game of fate disappointed with a happy ending?
If you’re assuming this film to be a hackneyed story of reincarnation where the alienated couple in previous avatar has their chance to reunite, then you’re somewhere right, but not exactly. KV Anand along with his writers Subha seems to have picked up a theme that is so intriguing, where the high professionals of white collar status are treated as ‘Frog trapped in cold water and then heated up’ mode. That’s a perfect sense of intelligence, we must really appreciate. The characterization he has sketched the right casting deserves the perfect doze of appreciations. Dhanush as Murugappa, Kaali and Ashwin (the role of king is really vague in its characterization as such happens in a dream song sequence) expresses the best emotions of his love. His role as Murugappa, a Tamil guy in Burmese colony (1962) utters innocence and as Kaali, he leaves the theatres studded with applause. His performance is so much spontaneous in this segment indeed. Well, his portions involving Ashwin aren’t completely stunning as KV Anand could have enhanced it in a better way. Amyra Dastur is best on her part and her screen presence is so natural. She adapts herself easily to all the three roles (again, the fourth one doesn’t need delineation as it’s all about a dream song sequence). Navarasa Nayagan Karthik is cool and he overshadows even the lead actors in many places, however KV could have looked out for some other actor for the younger version of Karthik in flashback sequences. Aashish Vidyarthi is perfect. Mukesh Tiwari in a role of suspense till the end is appreciable.
‘Danga Maari’, this single track was more than enough to draw more crowds to the theatres and of course, there is an irresistible celebration in theatres with this song. Unfortunately, not all the songs have those moments neither melodiously captivating. Cinematography by Om Prakash offers some enriching visuals.
To balance the plus and minus of this film accordingly, ‘Anegan’ has the brilliant flashes as such of different and unique concept, well-played actors and cinematography. On the flip side, a screenplay laced with boring moments, a flimsy story-telling loaded with amateurish logic’s (Don’t miss the final act of climax and you’ll surely accept our verdict) make ‘Anegan’, a too ordinary film.
Verdict: Good performance and brilliant theme spoiled by fallible writing.