Anjaan tries its best to be a mass masala entertainer but falls short, due to inherent weakness in the script and execution. To a large extent the film is salvaged by Suriya’s charisma and star power.
The film stands on a thin storyline. Krishna (Suriya) comes from Kanyakumari to Mumbai in search of his brother. He finds out that his brother Raju Bhai (Suriya) was a dreaded don of Mumbai underworld, and he trusted only one man Chandru (Vidyut Jamwal) his mentor and best friend.
Raju Bhai was fighting a legion of enemies (all Bollywood baddies- Manoj Bajpai, Dilip Tahil etc) and one day gets knocked off. The film is about love, friendship and cold blooded revenge. The interval block is the best part of the film with a riveting fight sequence choreographed by action director Silva. The scene has been done in a striking manner which leaves the audience surprised, thanks to Suriya terrific performance. In the first half, the romance between Suriya and Samantha lightens up the mood and the song ‘Ek Do Theen’ is shot in a very glamorous manner by cinematographer Santosh Sivan.
Lingusamy has made it like a formula movie. A super hero, who never loses, speaks punch lines, romances and in a cunning twist annihilates the main villain. The friendship angle between Suriya and Vidyut has been handled in a light hearted manner. Samantha in itsy-bitsy clothes including a two-piece adds glamour, while there is Chitrangada Singh’s item number provides the oomph.
Soori as a Mumbai taxi driver looks like has been roped in for a comedy track at the last minute. Was there any need of that lengthy scene involving Brahmanandam? ( Probably to satisfy the Telugu audiences!) The villains all suffer due to bad lip sync.
The BGM of Yuvan Shankar Raja is one of the highlights of the film and Suriya’s introduction song ‘Bang, Bang Bang…’ is peppy and well picturised. Santosh Sivan’s camera gives it the rich look. . Suriya is the saving grace in otherwise a slow moving film. Vidyut has a meaty role and he is ok. One of the major drawbacks of the film is its length, nearly 3 hours. It needs urgent trimming to make it racier.On the whole, Anjaan is for those who seek unabashed entertainment and relish masala films.
Verdict – Run of the mill