Sunday, June 27, 2010


Medium : Tamil
Starring : Mahesh, Anjali, Paandi, A.Venkitesh

Director : Vasantha Balan

Music : Vijay Antony, G.V.Prakashkumar

Director Vasantha Balan, who has given the romantic family story in his debut hit movie 'Veyil' (done by Pasupathi, Bharath and Bhavana, produced by director
Shankar) has come up with new project named 'Angaaditheru' meaning Market Street. This time Ayngaran International has produced the movie, new comer Mahesh and Anjali (she did some films in telugu, kannada and tamil, but didn't get a break so far) comes in the lead roles. The story is happening in the background of a big shop in T.Nagar, the biggest commercial street in Tamilnadu. The distributors has not yet taken steps to release 'Angaaditheru' in Kerala, even if it has been released months before and caught many positive responses there, I waited patiently for weeks, then found my own ways to watch it.

Linkam (Mahesh) is a bright student living in a poor family in a village near Thirunelveli. After the death of his fa
ther, he moved on to Chennai with his friend (Paandi) to work as a sales men in a big shop. The free accommodation and food were given to all laborers by the shop owner. They all adjusted with in the very limited environment provided to them. Mahesh meets Kani (Anjali), a sales girl who is a native of Thiruchendur. Though they quarreled each other for simple things in the beginning, circumstances make the way to become close to each other. The manager (A.Venkitesh) was very strict at the shop proceedings and behaved rudely and even slapped the workers there. At one stage Mahesh had to fight with him for the sake of Anjali. How the lovers survives in such a situation is shown in the later portions of 'Angaaditheru'.

We usually blame for the lack of a good stories in our movies. You look around, the is life in each and every individual that can be converted to a good story, this is what director Vasantha Balan has done here. We all do shopping and met many sales persons in our day today life, but nobody had tried to think about the sort of life these workers are spending. The incidents happening in the stre
et are realistically done by the director. The behavior of the manager, the incident happened when the love letter was caught, the intimacy in relationship between Anjali and her sister, the shooting of the shop advertisement, the pathetic condition of an ex salesman, the happiness of the street lady when she gave birth to a son who looks like his handicapped husband, how the poor shabby person finds his own job as the in charge of the public toilet, the motivation done by the blind sales man etc. The director might have given an exaggerated picture of the mess environment, but since we are not aware of the real situation, no negative comments on it.

The melody numbers done by music directors Vijay Antony and G.V.Prakashkumar are good. Back ground score by Vijay Antony is excellent. Debutant cinemat
ographer Richard Maria Nathan and Sreekar Prasad (editor) have done commentable jobs. Mahesh, Anjali and Paandi have done their job well. The surprise peformance came from director A.Venkitesh ('Bhagavathy', 'Kuthu', 'Aye', 'Chanakya', 'Vaathiyar' fame) who comes in the negative role of the shop manager. The created sets and the real outdoor locations of the street have been so neatly blended in such a away that it is difficult to differentiate between the two.

'Angaaditheru' is a simple subject done in the best way it can. It is also a part of the big experimentation in finding unique themes, happening in the tamil movie industry in this decade.

Rating : 8 / 10

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