The promos of Anwar read “a revolution begins” and yes, it is a revolution certainly in every sense of the word. The movie showcases the dizzying potential that the cinematic medium can offer, if demoralized with agility and audacity. Unbound by lousy clichés and common places of the cinematic glossary, the film flaunts a visual range rarely seen in Malayalam film industry.
The Story Revolves around Anwar (Prithviraj) is an orphan serving a jail term for money laundering. In jail he meets Babu Sait (Lal), a religious leader cum businessman accused of masterminding a bomb blast in Coimbatore. He slowly takes Anwar under his wings and even arranges for his bail. Then, as expected, Anwar becomes Sait's right hand man playing an important part in carrying out Sait's illicit businesses and even planting explosives in a couple of places.Among those arrested with him is a young lady Ayesha (Mamta Mohandas) who was working in a chemical factory and is suspected to have provided the raw material for the explosives used in the Coimbatore blast.The anti-terrorist squad chief of Tamil Nadu police, Stalin Manimaran (Prakash Raj), who had initially arrested Sait and his gang, is still trailing them. Any further unravelling of the story would be a spoiler.
Prithviraj has done a sparkling job as Anwar. He has long been acknowledged as the next best thing of Malayalam cinema and he shows why such assumptions are relevant.Mamta Mohandas as Ayesha has a riveting presence for whatever time she gets on the screen. Prakash Raj is effortless as a beedi-smoking investigating officer while Lal is subdued as Babu Sait. They both leave an impact, though.
Sateesh Kurup, who cranks the camera has been a revelation and has made a statement with his exhilarating cinematography and amazing use of natural light.Another name that deserves a worthy mention is the music director Gopi Sundar, it is his haunting background score that made Anwar the movie it is. Amal Neerad, who had depended only on technical wizardry for his earlier films like Big B and Sagar Alias Jackie- Reloaded, has come up with a decent storyline here. Of course, the inspiration from Jeffrey Nachmanoff’s Traitor is evident at times.
The suspense and the tension is watered down in the climax.Its far from perfect with too many ‘cinematic liberties’ to boost the hero and things could have been better with a tighter script.
Reviewed By KN
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