Vijay Antony is back in action with the film Annadurai, which is one of the big releases of the day. Directed by G Sreenivasan, Annadurai is expected to be yet another different attempt from Vijay Antony.
Annadurai narrates the story of siblings named Annadurai and Thambidurai. Annadurai, the main protagonist of the film is the elder one, and he works with a textile firm whereas Thambidurai works as a physical trainer. Both Annadurai and Thambidurai are poles apart, as far as character is concerned. But, certain events bring about a change in both Annadurai and Thambidurai.
Vijay Antony As Annadurai & Thambidurai
Vijay Antony plays a dual role as Annadurai and his younger twin brother Thambidurai. Both have two different characteristics and Vijay Antony has been partially successful in portraying two different characters.
He is at ease while portraying Annadurai and the same time while he does the initial portions of Thambi in a good manner, the later portions definitely required a bit more intensity, which lets down the character in between. At the same time, Vijay as Annadurai is one of the biggest strengths of the film.
Disappointingly, the leading ladies of the film don't have much scope to perform. Jewel Mary makes a decent debut in the role of Chitra. Similar is the case of Diana Champak who plays Thambidurai's love interest in the film. Interestingly, Mahima, who essays a crucial role in the film, has got a much more well-written character to play.
Rest Of The Cast
Raadha Ravi plays the role of the main antagonist in the film and as usual, he comes up with a good performance. Kaali Venkat also appears in an important role and he does his part to perfection.
Script & Direction – G Srinivasan
Well, the script of Annadurai lacks that freshness or innovation. It has all the ingredients of a template family-action-drama that narrates the story of twins.
There are a lot of logical loopholes in the initial portions of the film but the writer in G Srinivasan tries to keep everything neatly assembled in the second half.
G Srinivasan's task was to package a family entertainer. While he has come out successful in striking the right chords with the family emotions, he has failed to place the required entertainment elements in the right proportions.
The slow pace narration that he has opted for in the first half also affects the film's flow. Nevertheless, he has shown some skill in showcasing the mass elements, which has worked out pretty well in the movie.
The songs of the film set to tune by Vijay Antony are good enough. Thangama Vairama, sung by Karthik is sure to work out well amidst an energetic crowd. Odathey is the next best song among the lot.
Other Technical Aspects
Dillraj has handled the cinematography department of the film and he has set the right frames according to the mood of the movie. Vijay Antony makes a decent debut as an editor but still, a crisp edit would have helped the pace of the movie, especially in the first half.
Vijay Antony movies of the past have had some freshness associated with them, but Annadurai lacks that innovation or freshness in the concept. The film tries to tell a lot of things but not in a convincing manner. Certain sequences do seriously defy logic. Annadurai is also filled with a large number of unwanted characters, which lack the required depth.
Nevertheless, Annadurai has its own share of pluses. The interval block and the mass moments that follow will offer some good time for the audiences to cheer. At the same time, the story of the siblings and their affection have also worked out pretty well as the emotional sequences strike the right chords.
This is a family-action-drama packaged in an ordinary format. Annadurai won't bore you if you are a fan of such family dramas of the 90s.