Nayanathara’s ‘Anaamika’ is releasing today across the world in Telugu and Tamil. The movie has been directed by Shekhar Kammula, who is known for making strong story based movies. Viacom 18 and Logline Productions produced the movie, with music from Keeravani. Let us check out the movie now. Story :
anaamika (nayanathara) arrives in india from gettysburg, usa, in search of her missing husband ajay (harshavardhan rane). she arrives at the old city area in hyderabad and starts looking for her husband in the galaxy hotel area where he was last seen.
also file a complaint at the local police station. As an NRI and a single woman, she is quite fed up with the attitude of the cops who refuse to take her seriously. however, a man comes to rescue her and that is inspector sarathy (vaibhav reddy).
They begin to search for her missing husband, but very soon great forces come into play. the interior minister (naresh) becomes involved and tasks the khan official (pasupathy) with the recovery of a hard drive that is central to the mystery.
Sarathy and Anaamika’s lives are in danger as ruthless people try to protect a dark secret. How Anaamika gets to the bottom of the mystery and solves her problems is what this story is about.
nayanathara is simple and effective as anaamika. she has portrayed various emotions convincingly. she has handled two extremely contrasting emotions of fear and revenge quite well. vaibhav is good as the cute police inspector. huravardhan rane has a short role and he has done well.
pasupathy and naresh do their bit in small but important roles. the manager of the galaxy hotel is funny sometimes.
The second half of this movie is very good. the speed of the narration is really good and the writers have connected all the dots in the mystery well. Compared to ‘kahaani’, there are some changes to the story to make it more appealing to Telugu viewers, like the addition of a sex-hungry ci who wishes for nayanathara.
There is a good emotional angle to the film and this becomes more apparent as the film reaches its climax. you can identify with the pain nayanathara is going through and you want her to win.
keeravani’s background music is brilliant and is a great asset to the film.
There are some unexplained gaps in the story, but these are answered to some extent during the ‘addam lo ammai’ song in the continuing titles. many people walk out of theaters during those scenes and may miss these clues.
Some mystery scenes and links should have been explained in a more elaborate way by the director, as viewers in c-centers etc may not understand the subtle plot points. the scenes where vaibhav finally realizes the truth etc. they are an example. therefore, the film’s appeal will be limited to malls and multiplexes only.
A slow and slightly boring first half can affect the movie. if the first half had been as racy as the second, we would have had a brilliant suspense thriller on our hands.
The cinematography is very good and in keeping with the mood of the film. shekhar kammula has revealed in an interview that we intentionally went for strong lighting etc. for this film. editing is very good in the second half, but could have been better in the first half. we have already talked about the brilliance of mr. keeravani
shekhar kammula is a talented director and he redeems himself with a very good sequel. his strength lies in showing various human emotions in a very sensitive way and even in a suspenseful thriller, he has managed to do that. however, he should have cared more about the first half.
‘anaamika’ is a very gripping thriller that is surely worth a watch because of the good performances by nayanathara and vaibhav. Keeravani’s excellent background score and clever writing help the film significantly. A slow first half lessens the impact a bit, but overall this is a good Shekhar Kammula movie.
123telugu.com rating: 3.25/5 reviewed by 123telugu team
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