Anjaan is a 2014 Tamil action thriller film directed by Lingusamy, and produced under his banner Thirupathi Brothers.
The film stars Surya in a dual role, with Samantha as the female lead, while Bollywood actors Manoj Bajpai, Vidyut Jamwal, Rajpal Yadav, and Dalip Tahil play supporting roles.
Cinematography and editing were handled by Santosh Sivan and Anthony, respectively, while Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the music.
The premiere of the film was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 August 2014, and released worldwide on 15 August 2014.
The Telugu dubbed version was titled Sikander.
Direction : Lingusamy
Produced by : Siddharth Roy Kapur, N. Subash Chandrabose, Lingusamy
Starring : Surya, Samantha, Vidyut Jamwal
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography : Santosh Sivan
Editing : Anthony
After the long wait, Surya and Lingusamy have their outing with Anjaan released and let us see how far it has impressed the audience living up to their expectations.
Set in backdrops of Mumbai, Krishna (Surya) comes in search of his elder brother Raju Bhai (again played by Surya). As he meets few characters to know his whereabouts, he is so much surprised to his brother’s domination and power in Mumbai. Raju Bhai is the right hand to Mumbai’s most famous mafia don Chandru (Vidyut Jamwal). Both of them are close acquaintance. Meanwhile, a kidnap drama of Raju on city commissioner’s daughter Jeeva (Samantha) results in their love.
The land is dominated by a big kingpin of underworld, Imran Bhai (Manoj Bajpai) and he humiliates Chandru-Raju duo in a terrible manner. Unable to look at the friend’s broken heart, Raju Bhai in turn kidnaps and threatens Imran to maintain his limit. Unexpectedly, Chandru is murdered and Raju goes in search of the one who really killed him and disappears eventually. What happened to Raju Bhai? Will Krishna be able to find him? The answers are obtained during the second half of this film.
As the film opens, the first few minutes are laced with slow pace and as the story takes back to the life of Raju Bhai, there are interesting elements that excites the audiences like Raju Bhai’s action sequences. The romance between Surya and Samantha has been poignantly crafted and so is little humour by Soori. The twist that comes during intermission that turns us addicted to the film, but the second hour doesn’t have a good impact as audience easily predict what’s going to happen next that too with a lengthy duration. Moreover, the logic goes missing in many places. But overshadows such flip side of this film is Surya‘s outstanding performance. He has strived so much to enhance the role of Raju Bhai and Krishna, but the delineation of his character is so simple and underplayed. The powerful significance of Raju Bhai is just said in words by characters, but nothing much with the visual impact. Cinematographer Santosh Sivan and Yuvan Shankar Raja are the other pillars in this film.
As mentioned earlier, Surya is the greatest attraction in Anjaan for his performance in dance, action and romance is absolutely tremendous.
Vidyut Jamwal effortlessly grabs our attention and his role is so much great in spite of miniscule appearance. Cute Samantha transforms into glamorous girl here.
Soori isn’t so much of humour. Manoj Bajpai’s villainous acts sparkles smile. There are so many characters in the film, but they don’t retain in our senses.
What works – Surya, Vidyut Jamwal, Cinematographer Santosh Sivan, Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score
What doesn’t work – Screenplay treatment, weak characterisations, A lengthy duration of 2hrs.50mins, Predictable twists.
The impact that is created by Raju Bhai’s dialogues ‘I am not a pigeon to fly away hearing the sound of crackers. I am eagle patiently waiting to grab the prey’ fails to be conveyed in characterisation and narration.
Verdict: Anjaan doesn’t surprise you