Tea stalls have almost become the iconic emblems of Indian country, especially towards the down south territories of Tamil Nadu. Every tea stall records the lives of unique individuals and stories and that’s how Anjala is themed upon. The film is directed by Thangam Saravanan and is produced by action choreographer Dhilip Subbarayan with Auraa Cinemas releasing it.
The film traverses through the episodes of Anjala Tea stall, which is owned b Pasupathy. During the narration, we get to see that his very own grandfather (again played by Pasupathy), who was the main reason behind the origin of town during the pre-independence period with his little hub of refreshing the passerby people down there. Now with the contemporary times, we get to see that Vimal and his friends are having a great time out there. He falls in love with Nandita, who gets at the Anjala bus stop and there are lots of characters having a close connection with the tea stall. The film travels through the ups and down that the tea shop faces.
Vimal, Nandita and Pasupathy – All these three actors have something in commonality and that’s their exertion of naturalistic performance towards any roles they essay. They’re pretty rare ones, who could easily deliver a promising show with more elegance irrespective of their characterisations. Especially, when it comes to rural based movies, Pasupathy, Vimal and Nandita make their best spell and this one isn’t an exception. Thangam Saravanan has tried to register some lively moments in the film during the first half and on the flip side, the second hour has some sluggish incidents, which lowers down the momentum. But somehow, it will not be felt amongst the village side audiences.
On the technical front, cinematography deserves special mention for the tone and colours used. Musical score by Gopi Sundar doesn’t fit into the nativity of this movie. Not to blame the reigning music director of Malayalam industry, but his background score and song composing for Tamil rural nativity doesn’t befittingly get well. The flashback sequences are very well shot and the entire technical team deserves special mention along with Pasupathy.
On the whole, Anjala will be surely a decent show across the down south territories as there could be emotional connect with the movie. The audiences who don’t rely on reviews and critical analysis would definitely love it and when it comes to Multiplex theatres, there wouldn’t top opening, but might get well with the viral publicity.
Verdict: Emotional in few places, but screenplay could have been better