Tamil hero Vijay’s latest movie Thalaivaa has been dubbed in to Telugu as Anna. This movie is out in theaters now.
Viswa (Vijay), who is a dancer as well as a businessman in Australia, is the son of Rammurthy (Satya Raj), well known as Anna in Mumbai. Viswa doesn’t know anything about his father as the latter wanted him to stay away from India. But one fine day Viswa comes to know about his dad because of Meera (Amala Paul). Viswa’s life goes upside down after that and within no time he lands in the shoes of his dad.
Vijay is neat as the lead. He gave a controlled performance as Anna. He is flexible as Viswa. This role will be liked by his fans. Amala Paul is fine as the female lead. She got an author backed role and she fits the bill. This is her big ticket film in Tamil and she does justice to it. Santhanam is as hilarious as ever. Satya Raj is confident and Suresh is competent. All others did well.
Star cast has done well in this movie, but surprisingly technical crew falls short of expectations. There are few big names in the technical team, but Anna is not a product of their standards. Nirav Shah’s cinematography is average. Editing is not up to the mark. Music by GV Prakash is a total let down. His background score is alright though. Direction by Vijay goes haywire after the interval scene. He conceived few good scenes which are impressive. But he failed to execute and establish the plot in a proper manner. Second half drags on and on without no good reason.
Anna has a familiar premise, which can be made into a powerful mass film. However, the director failed to execute it well. First half is completely dedicated to the love track between Vijay and Amala. There are few funny episodes that puts a smile on your face. Sam Anderson’s episode will click well with Tamil audience. Santhanam’s one liners will work with Telugu audience too.
Few scenes are brilliantly done. Bringing Vijay to Satya Raj from airport is a fine example for good direction. Director gives a nice twist during pre interval and it works well. Interval point rises hopes on the film. Second half is a let down due to bad screenplay and pointless scenes. There is not one scene where the hero confronts villain and the much needed hero elevation goes missing.
The film’s length is about three hours. There is so much lag between the scenes (which should have edited out) that would test the patience of audience. This movie should be better with a remote in hand and finger on the Fast Forward button. Vijay’s diehard fans may like it, but for others Anna is a disappointment. The dubbing rights holders may enter safe zone due to low costs and good season without competition from Telugu films.
Verdict : Slow paced and too long!