However solid a script may be, the final product will not be upto the mark in the absence of stellar execution. After a leggy offering in the name of Maattrraan, KV Anand hits back with Anegan, a well engineered psychological thriller. By taking immense care in the scripting department and maintaining complete clarity with his ideas, the director has achieved what he set out to, quite convincingly.
Anegan traverses through four different avatars of the lead pair which are interconnected to each other. Though one has to watch the film with utmost concentration, the end result is a compelling one with all questions answered. The ability of the director to keep his vision clear while dealing with a complicated screenplay is the king’s move here, as KV Anand delicately mixes the core story with the everyday commercial elements. The film gets better and better with the passing minute, only to suffer from a slight drag in the pre-climax sequences. However, the intriguing tug of war between Dhanush and the villain in the climax emits laughter, thrills, spills and what not.
The three musketeers in Anegan’s cast card are Dhanush, Karthik and Amyra who come up with knockout performances. Dhanush is extremely comfortable enacting the avatars, thereby doing full justice to his roles. His portions as Kaali along with the Dangamaari number in the second half will surely excite audiences, revoking whistles and claps. Amyra equally stands up to her counterpart with cute expressions and emotions, wherever required. More fun on the table when Karthik joins the party, as the veteran provides a fresh angle to the film and is a scream towards the end. And we just cannot leave out the other important characters who chip in with defining performances at the right places.
Kudos to Om Prakash for wonderfully aiding KV Anand with the visuals. The film has a rich and vibrant Bollywood feel overall with a special mention to the songs. The cuts are decently done in a film which could have easily been spoiled by bad editing. Harris Jayaraj’s music is apt and is thankfully not overdone at any point.
Amidst a flurry of biggies, Anegan comes in as a whiff of fresh air. Writers Subha and KV Anand have to be applauded for their paperwork which is devoid of a loose end. Albeit being a little confusing, Anegan ends up on the safe side and is a comeback of sorts for the director. While watching Dangamaari, I realized that it is much more than a kuthu song. Anegan too, is much more than just Dangamaari. This film, might make merry.
Verdict: An engaging, cerebral ride!
3.25 / 5