Annaatthe Review: A Mess That Even Rajinikanth At Full Tilt Can’t Mitigate

Annaatthe Review: Rajinikanth in a nonetheless from the movie. (Image courtesy: YouTube )

Cast: Rajinikanth, Keerthy Suresh, Nayanthara, Prakash Raj, Khushbu Sundar and Meena

Director: Siva

Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

It goes with out saying that subtlety and restraint, as phrases and as notions, haven’t any foreign money within the Rajinikanth universe. Their absence normally works to the famous person’s benefit. In Annaatthe, the septuagenarian actor’s first collaboration with Tamil hitmaker Siva, who, too, has no endurance for temperance, it doesn’t. It yields a movie that goes the entire hog with its melodramatic, blathery strategies. Excess has a restrict. Annaatthe runs out of methods fairly rapidly.

The tawdry and loud 163-minute Rajinikanth car, now taking part in on the massive display, is centered on a brother and sister relationship, which is used as a pretext to provide the lead actor a free rein. The relentless vitality that the veteran of many such concoctions exudes as he delivers homilies, dances and fights is nothing if not eye-popping. Sadly, within the absence of a coherent screenplay, Annaatthe can be brain-numbing. Add to {that a} relentlessly ear-splitting background rating and assault on the senses is full.

The movie’s introductory track, which follows Rajinikanth’s grand entry scene, lays it on so thick that all the things that follows pales compared. When he talks it’s a model, when he dances it’s a celebration and when he fights it’s fireworks, the lyrics of the sturdy D Imman-composed quantity emphasizes. Need we add that when Rajini walks, the earth – and anybody who crosses his path – quakes?

Talking of fireworks, Annaatthe has sufficient of it to final Rajini followers a number of Diwalis. As for precise fireplace, the movie banks totally on borrowed concepts and cannibalized gadgets. What is most disappointing, if not wholly sudden, is that it peters out fairly tamely by the point the protagonist is able to confront a pair of villains – two estranged half-brothers – in Kolkata, the place his sister is in huge hassle with the underworld.

Little thought is dedicated to both weaving the town into the guts of the story (a lot of the movie has been shot in Lucknow) or giving the 2 caricaturized baddies one thing genuinely meaty to hurl on the hero who can do no unsuitable. The again tales of those two evil blokes, Manoj Parekar (Abhimanyu Singh) and Uddhav Parekar (Jagapathi Babu), are given brief shrift. A wronged spouse, a concubine, an illegitimate youngster and and patricide are thrown in to clarify the dangerous blood between them.

No character in Annaatthe barring Kalaiayan (Rajinikanth), a righteous and difficult village headman, emerges from the bloated wreck together with his or her broad outlines seen and understandable. Somewhere within the muddle is Nayanthara within the position of an upright lawyer who strings a shopper alongside in response to Kalaiayan’s assertion that “justice” is bigger than “truth”.

She is the do-gooder’s romantic curiosity however needs to be content material with solely an prolonged cameo through which she turns into a keen affiliate of Kalaiayan’s as he retains a watch on his harried sister to protect her from the dangerous guys. That is an entire lot higher than what’s reserved for Prakash Raj, Khushbu Sundar and Meena, who do their bit within the first half and vanish with out a lot as a by-your-leave within the second.

Keerthy Suresh, solid as Thangameenatchi, the younger girl to whom Kalaiayan has been each elder brother and mom because the day she was born, drowns in mush. She sheds tears with out let. While the lachrymose woman is all the time in critical hazard of being dehydrated, the destiny that befalls her after she marries an prosperous boy in Kolkata aggravates issues. But to not fear, huge brother lands within the metropolis, finds her with out breaking a sweat after which proceeds to observe over her.

The method through which the script treats Meenatchi isn’t solely baffling, but in addition infuriatingly anachronous. She is an informed woman who’s dwelling after finishing her research. It by no means crosses her doting brother’s thoughts that he would possibly do her a favour by granting her some company. He decides who she ought to marry.

Faced with the inevitable, Meenatchi says with out batting an eyelid: “Your decision is my decision”. Kalaiayan makes her repeat that line a number of occasions over. A physician is duly discovered for the woman and a grand marriage ceremony is deliberate.

But the plans go awry and Kalaiayan is left within the lurch. And as soon as the woman strikes away from the protection of her brother’s turf, she is on the mercy of the wolves. Time for Kalaiayan to swing into motion. If the primary half of Annaatthe is baloney, the second is worse, if that’s theoretically doable.

To heighten the melodrama and to provide the persona of the guardian angel the grandiose high quality it requires, Kalaiayan doesn’t seem in individual earlier than Meenatchi. The poor woman retains asking everybody inside earshot who her saviour is. Her query stays unanswered till the very finish.

Annaatthe kicks off in Kolkata, the place the media is agog on the exploits of a thriller man who has appeared from nowhere and despatched the town’s underworld kingpins scurrying for canopy. The stage is about for the Rajinikanth entry: the digital camera closes in on the hero as he corners a bunch of hoodlums – he has an arm resting insouciantly on the deal with of a scythe, his weapon of selection. His aura sufficiently accentuated, he says he was a really completely different sort of man six months in the past.

The motion shifts to his village. What we see there does little to persuade us that Kalaiayan was actually any completely different because the panchayat chief of Soorakottai. As he goes round allotting justice and delivering sermons in a village the place he’s an undisputed demigod, his techniques are not any much less of the strongarm selection.

Nattadurai (performed by Prakash Raj), an evil landgrabber, runs into Kalaiayan, who pushes him round a bit, topics him to preachy lectures, and at last reforms him. Once Nattadurai loses his potential to wreak any havoc, he disappears from the movie and isn’t heard of once more.

Ditto with Khusboo Sundar and Meena (two erstwhile Rajinikanth heroines) who pop up with the aim of injecting humour into the proceedings. The duo’s makes an attempt to show the clock again fall flat as a result of the characters they’re saddled with are as half-baked as the remainder of the movie.

For some extra comedian reduction, Kalaiayan has a chirpy sidekick Pachaikili (Soori) whose single-word response to the hero’s diktats rhyme together with his title: precisely, completely, fortunately and so forth. That typically is the extent of the comedy in Annaatthe. Late within the movie, Pachaikili helpfully reminds the viewers that his title means “green parrot”.

The moniker is completely apt and never for him alone. What does the famous person do on this lumbering film to assist its stale cocktail of sentimentality, swag and silliness collect momentum? He parrots strains that we’ve heard earlier than. That, briefly, is Annaatthe: a moth-eaten mess whose mustiness even Rajinikanth at full tilt can’t mitigate.

2021-11-05 09:16:47

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