(Kamalinee Mukherjee) loses her parents and other family
members in a gruesome car accident. She starts living
on her own as an independent woman without taking any
help from her relatives. She has a boy friend named
Rahul (Anuj) and is about to get married to that Marvadi
guy, but backs out due to the behavior of her future
mother-in-law and due to lack of confidence shown by
(Raja) joins her neighborhood. And he starts making
Roopa feel comfortable and secure. The rest of the story
is about why Anand - MD of the richest corporate house
of AP - has chosen to reside as neighbor of Roopa and
what follows next.
Mukherjee: Kamalinee Mukharjee is a lucky girl to
get such a beautiful role of Roopa. It's been years
since Telugu film industry saw a film that portrays
heroine as an independent girl who does not follow hero's
footsteps to get a glimpse of him and sing songs with
him. Kamalinee is extremely talented in histrionics
department and oozes sensuality in her looks department.
She has a beautiful smile and very expressive eyes.
A special mention should be made for Sunitha who dubbed
the voice of Kamalinee in this film. Sunitha's voice
blended exactly with the expressions of Kamalinee (especially
emotional scenes) and the mood of the scene. This is
probably the best work by Sunitha so far.
Raja is the man made for this role. He has done his
performance effortlessly with tremendous ease and timing.
He never tried to dominate the character and played
within the boundaries and limitations this character
offered him. More importantly he got a role that begs
to be different from the run of the mill heroic characters.
Satya (Dollar Dreams fame)
- who played the role of Anita - walks away with honors
in the entertainment segment. Her one-liners and nonchalant
attitude towards male characters were received well.
Anish Kuruvilla (Dollar
Dreams fame and also the executive producer of this
film) did well as cousin of hero. Anuj
as the boy friend is adequate. Baby
Bakita and Master Abhijit
did well in their roles.
The story of this film is about how a man goes to the
girl whose family is destroyed because of the unexpected
folly done by his father. This movie is all about giving
back. Bala Krishna's Samara Simha Reddy film
also had similar point. Sravanthi Ravi Kishore's Ela
Cheppanu film's basic storyline also has striking
- direction: Screenplay by National award winning
Telugu director Sekhar Kammula is good. Direction of
this film is excellent. This film oozes freshness and
still retains local flavor. What makes Sekhar Kammula
a different director is that he stuck to what he believed
in and transformed it onto the silver screen the way
he wanted it and made it in a way that all sensible
movie lovers accept and appreciate it! Telugu Film Industry
needs confident directors like Sekhar Kammula who dares
to be different and strives to deliver the product with
authenticity. However the following points should have
been taken care of
Why Anand leaves Roopa when she is ready to accept
him when his main aim is to get close to Roopa by
putting all egos aside.
2. The film should have been sped up in the last 30
minutes towards climax.
Dialogues by Sekhar Kammula are good. He wrote pretty
good dialogues for some emotional situations because
as a director he knows what he wants.
Music by KM Radha Krishnan is a big asset to the film.
All the songs but for one assume classical and Carnatic
music in it. The background score is also efficiently
scored. All the songs are very well picturized with
lot of situational backup. 'Nuvvena' song is the best
among the songs.
Cinematography by Vijay C Kumar (of Ankusam and Ammoru
fame) is excellent. The color grading and lighting schemes
are carefully crafted.
Departments: Artwork by Kishore Chowksi is good.
Costumes designed for heroine are good. Editing by Marthand
K Venkatesh is excellent. Lyrics by Veturi are sensible.
The production values by Amigo and NFDC are efficient.
This film has the lots of freshness and is a class apart.
Sometimes, you feel like watching old classics done
by the legends like K Balachandar, K Viswanath and Bapu.
The first half is excellent. The second half is good.
The director Sekhar Kammula should have concentrated
more on the last 30 minutes, as it appeared little dragged.
It is a director's film and Sekhar Kammula should be
commended for making film without imitating/formulizing
and for leaving his own signature on 'Anand'. This film
definitely lives up to its caption of 'manchi coffee
lanti cinema'. Films like Anand should be watched and
appreciated by all. I would recommend 'Anand' to everybody.
Facts: This film released with 4 prints in 3 cities
(Hyderabad, Vizag and Warangal). All the shows in Usha
Mayuri and Prasads are housefuls so far. This film is
made on a shoestring budget of 1.5 crores. This film
would be released with more prints in other areas and
should get decent profits. The show that I had been
to in Usha Mayuri (I did not manage to get a ticket
at Prasads even in advance booking) has half of the
theater filled with ladies. The commercial range of
this film would depend on A center crowds and ladies.
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