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Anjala  ( U ) (2016)  (Tamil)
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Anjala Review

The dearth of realism in storytelling and genuineness in characters make Anjala a dullsville outing.
2.2 out of 5 (Average)  | SMK (NOWRUNNING)
The film opens with Pasupathi narrating a story about his much-treasured shop named Anjala in the backdrop of the serene flow of a river stream. The initial few moments make us prepare for a film on the lines of a low-budget, quality, and well-written Malayalam movie. That's actually what the initial sequences make us root for. But, the feeling doesn't last long. The scenes that unfold later on screen dashes the expectations of viewers so effortlessly with day-to-day characters, manipulative and insincerely staged emotions that we often see in films made by amateurish debutants.

Director Thangam Saravanan has earnest intentions to make a heartfelt film. But, the route he has taken to make the audience invest in his screenplay involves needless and unfunny comedy tracks, comfortably contrived subplots and not-so-effective twists. They don't add up to the narration at all. We see the characters booze happily and enjoy life to the fullest. The very next moment, we see them transform and in low spirits. There is an air of melancholy suddenly. This inconsistency in the edit pattern dishes out only a half-baked film made with a half-hearted effort.

The film majorly revolves around protecting an ancestral tea shop against all odds from government officials who are waiting to do their duty of tearing it down.

The film tries to portray how a tea shop invariably houses different kinds of people from different walks of life. There is a medical representative who regularly leaves his bag there when he is off duty to recollect later. There is our hero Kaavas (Vemal) who awaits for a long time a business loan from the bank to start a bike servicing venture. There are these good-for-nothing youngsters who gather around to gossip and watch cricket in the TV installed in the shop. However, nothing is seamless and they all come across as nothing but labored.

There is no proper narrative flow that propels the script forward. Pasupathi is the only saving grace in the film which is mostly a dreary affair from the word go. Occasionally, there are few light-hearted moments of slapstick gags thanks to the modestly enjoyable Imman Annachi.

The dearth of realism in storytelling and genuineness in characters make Anjala a dullsville outing.
Critic: SMK
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