The big question, folks.
Will the mucho anticipated Kanthasamy turn out to be another charming Anniyan or a tedious Sunniyan a la Bheema?
The answer to the $$ question is nigh on hand.
Anything less than Anniyan would be unacceptable.
After a gap of some two odd years, we rewatched Anniyan yesterday.
And what a charmer it turned out to be even though we were seeing it for the second time (something we seldom do).
Thanks to director Shankar and actor Vikram, Anniyan is a continuous series of fine moments. Here are a few, some of them really comical:
* When Ambi gives the love letter to Nandhini’s parents instead of handing it to the girl he desperately loves
* When the police officer Prabhakar explains to his mother why he’s not crying over the horrible death of his elder brother (the railway caterer)
* Fight scenes are mostly executed with panache compared to other Tamil movies (not the total nonsense we see in Vijay, Surya, Ajith, Vishal films)
* Decent dialogs (Sujatha)
* Ambi explaining to Nandhini why he didn’t commit suicide
* The big confrontation/fight between Ambi/Anniyan and police officer Prabhakar
* Final scene in the train
Anniyan is also one of those rare Tamil movies where the comedy track (Vivek) is decently integrated into the main story, not hanging loose and flapping around like Hanuman’s tail as in Villu or Kuruvi.
Of course, there are some holes in the film. As if the girl Nandhini can’t recognize Ambi in Remo, horrid dancing by Vikram et al. But none of them detract from the solid entertainment in the movie.
Can Susi Ganesan and Vikram deliver the goods in Kanthasamy or will it be Bheema redux?