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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Annayum Rasoolum - Movie Review

Starring    Fahadh Fazil, Andrea, Aashique Abu, Ranjith

Directed By    Rajiv Ravi

Produced By    Seven Arts Mohan, Vinod Vijayan


Expectations were humungous due to the Star cast, Music & more over the debut of DOP Rajeev Ravi as a director.


As the name (trailer, posters etc) suggests, its the love storry of Anna (Andrea), a Christian girl, working as a salesgirl in a textile show room and Rasool (Fahad Fazil), a Muslim boy, who is a taxi driver.

The first thing we expect when a cinematographer becomes a director is beautiful visuals and Rajee Ravi didn't disappoint. The Visuals are stunning, rich and deep especially the boat jetty, hill range, Mattanchery, Fort Kochi and the journey in Jhankar, boats etc. But like all the recent debut DOP turned directors too much focus has been given on visuals rather than script. Looks like Rajeev was too obsessed with his visuals that he forget to say cut (or didn't allow to edit them out either). There are many closeup shots of the actors face, people walking, standing, gazing, staring etc. Hence the film is painfully 2 hours and 48 mnutes long. If the film was a complete entertainer like 'Thattathin Marayathu' or the lead pair had energetic chemistry like in 'Neethane en Ponvasantham' it would have been better, but since the story is more realistic it fails to grab viewers attention especially in the second half.

The first half is also long, but the terrific performances by Fahad & Andrea, well supported by the supporting cast makes it entertaining. In the second half the story takes serious turn and moves with out a direction at snail pace.

The film as a whole gives the feel of many recent romantic-village milleau films released in Tamil like Subramaniapuram, Kaathal, Angadi Theru etc.

Songs were good (some oldie-goldies has been reused). The Background and Camera was great. Editing I should say was bad, the film should have been less than 2:20hrs in length.

Fahad Fazil gave his career best performance as Rasool, even the minute expressions were treat to watch, which also got great response from the crowd.. Andrea played the character beautifully, even though dialogues were few. The supporting cast headed by Sunny Wayne also did their part well even though I don't understand the need of many of them like Ranjith's & Aashiq's as their characters doesn't have a proper graph in the movie.

The sync sound/ live recording was bad and was irritating in the initial half an hour, (the same was done brilliantly well in Shyamaprasad's 'Arike' ) but fell on the track later, still missed many of the lines, especially in long shots.

Overall the film promised too much and failed to deliver, the main culprit being the length.

I had the patience to sit through the film and i liked it, would have loved it only if the film was 30 mins shorter. But the public response is not encouraging at all, hope the makers will do preventive measures before it is too late .

My rating: A Generous 3/5

Verdict: Good (only if u have patience)

Box Office: After a terrific start, has started limping already

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