Abhiyum Anuvum Tamil Movie
While booking the tickets, little did I know that B.R.Vijayalakshmi is the director of this movie. If the name doesn't ring a bell, then perhaps it wouldn't do much harm to walk down the memory lane. She is the daughter of B.R.Panthulu, a legendary director who was behind timeless classics like "Veerapandiya Kattabomman". She's not just a star by inheritance but has also earned a slew of credits by herself. For instance, she is the first woman cinematographer in Asia when she started her career in the mid-80s. Also, she has wielded the camera for a handful of movies in the early-80s and 90s.
"Abhi and Anu" is an emotional tale between a couple who realize that they shouldn't be together due to an inappropriate circumstance they find themselves. The movie heavily borders on humane emotions and time and again made the audience quiz themselves on the morality of the lead characters on screen.
The first half of the movie opened up like a pack of flash cards wherein we were introduced to Abhimanyu (Tovino Thomas) and Anu (Pia). The scenes happened to play out with flamboyant and colourful frames, an overdose of social media, yuppy lifestyle and Anu's over-the-top empathy towards humans and animals.
Anu was even shown with a tonsured head for a brief screen time. Those were rapid strides that helped in establishing the main characters. But the male lead's yearning for love was not established that well. Also, there was not enough reason for the main leads to getting hooked without informing their parents at that particular point in the movie.
Those were the minor irritants that caused a blip on an otherwise finely made film. Actors like Suhasini and Prabhu were used optimally in order to elevate the scenes to convey the right emotions. Rohini's character was brief but was fully utilized.
Tovino Thomas makes an impressive debut in Tamil and has dubbed in his own voice. Full marks for his expression. His Malayalam accented Tamil was a dampener. It alienated him from the movie. The changeover of his character in the latter half was so effortlessly brought forth on the screen. Pia's character in the first half was run-of-the-mill, but second half held some substance.
Music was pleasant, but a couple of songs in the second half could have been chopped in the interest of time. Though the movie was just over 120 minutes, it felt longer because of some slow-paced scenes in the latter half. Visuals were refreshing and the production design looked neat.
The movie is an embodiment of human emotions wherein the right versus wrong swap places given the sort of situation one is subject to. But no matter what, it's a matured film from a matured filmmaker!!