Ilayathalapathy Vijay has already rocked the Telugu audience with his dubbed versions of his previous movies Thuppaki and Nanban. The actor is back with his latest outing Anna - Born To Lead, which is the Telugu version of his Tamil film Thalaivaa. Its trailer and posters have rocketed the viewers' expectations to the sky high. But the film may not live upto their expectations as it seems to be a continuation of Nayagan and adaptation of NTR's Andhrawala.
Anna - Born To Lead is an action thriller with all masala elements to woo the Telugu audience. Vijay's performance is the main attraction of the film. GV Prakash's music, Nirav Shah's picturisation, Santhanam's comedy, stylishly choreographed action and dance sequences, beautiful locales, costumes and art work are its other highlights. The tried and tested story, dragging narration in the second half and unmatchable background score in a few scenes are its main drawbacks.
The story penned by AL Vijay has already been brought to the screen a couple of times through Kamal Hassan's Nayagan and Junior NTR's Andhrawala. So the film has nothing fresh to offer in terms of the story. The director has made an interesting screenplay with a few commercial elements. Although he has put many twists and turns, he fails to make it a typical 'Vijay' masala film!
AL Vijay, who has done some of the best classical movies like Nanna in the past, has tried his luck to become commercial director with Shiva Thandavam, but has failed to prove his mettle. With Anna, he does it again and fails. What could have been a big mass entertainer turns out to be a damp squib due to the poor handling of the director. Continue to read Anna movie review in the slideshow.
Viswa (Vijay) is a dancer, who is leading a dance group as well as taking care of water bottle business in Australia. While balancing both his passion and business, he falls in love with Meera (Amala Paul). When Meera takes her marriage proposal to her father (Suresh), he asks about Vishwa's father (Sathyaraj). The rest of the film is about Vijay's father (Sathyaraj), what happened to him and how Vishwa becomes a mass leader.
Narration Of Story In Anna
Barring a few dragging scenes, a few romantic songs and Santhanam's comedy keep you engaged in the first half. The twist at the interval bang picks up a moment for the story. But the movie falls flat in the second half due to lack of freshness in the story. The narration in the second half is extremely slow and kills the interest of the viewers.
Vijay's Performance In Anna
As usual, Vijay has delivered excellent performance. The director seems to have utilised his talent in a right way. In fact, he has forgotten the actor's mass image and tried to depict him in a different way. This might disappoint Vijay's fans who is more used to seeing him glorified.
Amala Paul In Anna
Amala Paul has played a crucial role in Anna and has good scope for performance. She has done justice to her role. She looks beautiful and fills the glamour slot. Her chemistry with Vijay is also good to watch on screen.
Santhanam's Comedy In Anna
Santhanam's comedy is one of the main attraction in the film. He tickles your funny bones with his comic one-liners. As a villain, Abhimanyu Singh impresses you with his good acting. Sathyaraj, Ragini Nandwani, Abhimanyu Singh, Nassar, Rajiv Pillai, Udhaya and Ponvannan have also delivered excellent performances.
GV Prakash's Music In Anna
The movie has rich technical elements GV Prakash's music is main attraction in the technical front. A couple of his soundtracks are very melodious. His background score is also good in parts.
Nirav Shah's Cinematography
Nirav Shah's cinematography is another highlight of the movie. He has done an excellent work. Other technical departments like dialogues, art direction, costumes and makeup have done commendable job.
Length Of Anna
The biggest disappointment in the film Anna is its length since it is about 2.50 hr long. Editor Antony could have trimmed several scenes to reduce its length. Meanwhile, the director should have taken care of the its slow-paced narration in the second half.
Overall, Anna is not a typical Vijay's masala entertainer, and that will disappoint his fans.
Anna Cast And Crew
Producer: Kasi Vishwanath
Director: AL Vijay
Cast: Vijay, Amala Paul, Santhanam, Sathyaraj, Ragini Nandwani, Abhimanyu Singh,
Music: GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Run time: 2.50 hours
Release date: August 9, 2013