Friday, October 15, 2010


Medium : Malayalam
Starring : Prithviraj, Prakash Raj, Lal, Salim Kumar, Mamta Mohandas
Director : Amal Neerad
Music : Gopi Sundar

First it was Mammootty who gave him the chance to direct a movie, thus 'Big B' happened; Later, Mohanlal decided to use his potential for a movie having the continuation his notable character Saagar (from 'Irupathaam Noottaandu'), through an action subject named 'Saagar Alias Jacky' and that too leaving K.Madhu, who directed the previous version. He is none other than Amal Neerad, a film institute product who began his career with Ram Gopal Varma (in 'James' and 'Siva') as a cinematographer. Though the movies he took were not super hits, the ace director was successful in proving his technical brilliance through the different presentation style. Now it is his turn to direct the young star Prithviraj in 'Anwar'. National award winner Prakash Raj is doing a role here, after 'Paandippada'. Mamta Mohandas, who is pairing with Prithvi for the first time, is the heroine. She has worked with the same director in 'Big B' before.

The movie opens with a bomb blast happening in Coimbatore. The investigation officer (Prakash Raj) has arrested many suspects, Kasim Bhai (Lal) and his gang were also among them. They were remanded and sent to jail. At the same time, Anwar (Prithviraj) who is caught by police in some other case, reached the same jail. It later lead to a good relationship between Anwar and Bhai, thus goes the story of 'Anwar'.

Different from the previous movies by Amal Neerad, here you have got a story to point out. But it is not a new one, it is same as every such stories based on terrorist attacks goes. The visuals are rich, but they are not colorful due to the yellowish tone used for the frames to give a hard feel. The over doze of color correction effects are evident in the climax. The director had added the dialogues and the incidents needed for such a theme in a realistic way, but they won't be an attractive sight for the audience. We have seen similar themes successfully done before in movies like 'Bombay', 'Fanaa', 'Kurbaan', 'Khadgam' (tel), 'Vedam' (tel) and in a different lovable manner in an excellent movie hindi like 'A Wenesday'. 'Anwar' can't be included in that group.

Prithviraj has done well; the dilaogue writers (Unni.R and Sajeevan) had even added some dialogues that points out the hero's original character. Prakash Raj is as usual rocking. Lal is also suited well in a notable character. Mamta doesn't have a big role to do.

Cinematographer Satheesh Kurup had done an excellent job, likewise editor Vivek Harshan. Music director Gopi Sundar had given some hit numbers, the bg score in his style also goes with the movie. The couple of hit songs in the movie happens in the second half, but within an interval of around 3-4 minutes, which should have been avoided. The visuals in the post climax song, sung by Prithvi and Mamta could have been made more attractive (but as the audience are not satisfied so far, the effort would be neglected). Anal Arasu had given some thrilling action scenes. But he should keep extra care while using floor mats for the extra artists to fell down, this is because in the slow motion shots, such carpets are clearly evident in many areas. The continuity of the hero's appearance is lost in some areas, which should have been noticed by the director's assistants.

'Anwar', that discusses the controversial subject of terror attacks and its after effects, is technically ok and the story is also acceptable; but as a whole, the atmosphere won't guarantee you an entertainment or give you a good satisfaction as expected.

Rating : 5.5 / 10

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