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Aanai

By Moviebuzz

Thursday 8 December 2005

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Movie Title

Aanai

Director

Selva

Star Cast

Arjun, Namitha, Keerthi Chawla, Vadivelu

Arjun?s Aanai directed by Selva is a Tamil rip-off of the Hollywood film Man on Fire directed by Tony Scott and featuring the stylish Denzel Washington who is hired as a bodyguard for an 8-year old rich girl in Mexico city where kidnapping is big business.

Selva has set the story in Chennai city as some terrorist leader in London wants to kidnap children of the rich and powerful!! What could have been an edge-of-the-seat thriller ends up as a badly made mass-masala movie.

Vijay (Arjun) is an ex-cop who was framed up after he cleaned the city of the scum of the earth including nine encounter killings of dreaded gangsters. Now out of work, he is persuaded by his former boss to be the bodyguard of 8-year-old Priya whose parents (Manoj.K.Jayan and Sanghavi) are millionaires.

He is hired to protect the little girl from kidnappers who are on the prowl. The kidnappers are led by some loony militant Ahmed Khan who manages to kidnap Priya and humiliate Vijay. The rest of the film is how Vijay assisted by two glam girls (Namitha and Keerthi Chawla) mete out vigilante justice in a cat-and-mouse game with the kidnappers.

The kidnapping business and masala mix gives a feeling of ?d?j? vu? rather than one of dread. There is no physical match between the lead pair as Namitha look bigger and taller than Arjun. The romantic banter lacks heat or passion. Keerthi Chawla and others are just ok. Vadivelu?s comedy track makes you squirm. D.Imman?s music is jarring.

Verdict: Disappointing