-to begin with, i'd like to give you the happy news that its not just another gangsta movie that glorifies yet another mafioso or "rowdy".
-to those fed up with the recent glut of movies that dwell on oft-beaten,milked to dry-genre of gangsta tamil films, "ANJAATHEY"-comes as a whiff of fresh air-accentuated with a cocktail aroma of fresh blood and IMFL of green board adorning dimly lit TASMAC bars.
MISHKIN has endeavoured to etch with realism-a flick,which showcases the role of destiny in entwining the lives of men into a quagmire of paradoxical possibilities-he throws at your face, the inconvenient truth of the inherent quantum instability of "being honest and good"-which turn out to be qualities with very short half-lives,but he subtly brings out with a series of heart-churning events in the life of the film's apparent protagonist,which inadvertently nudge and trip the hero into an idealistic pursuit of duty and responsibilty towards the society.
KATHAIKALAM-novel but realistic background of a delapidated housing complex of police constables and their families'aspirations,neighbourhood camraderie and petty jealousy.
the movie follows the interwining paths of two friends-one with aspirations,idealism and sense of purpose and the other with a carefree,reckless but pragmatic attitude towards life-and the culmination of their relationship towards a precipitious abyss of darkness-where they confront their antipathy and love for each other.
the real pivot around which the flick swivels is not the hero "NAREN" -but the friend with screen name" KIRUBA "who ends up a dark,brooding presence-enshrining the metamorphosis of failed dreams into impotent anger.
but if there is something flashy and vibrant in the movie,although a little too contrived and typically cinematic-it is the stylished villainy and the most popular performance of the movie coming from none other than the much cliched boy next door looker-PRASANNA-is it really,Prasanna? man,he's got talent,no doubt.
Then,for those who could have often felt actors like PANDIARAJAN are over-extending their sell by date expiry,MISHKIN has recycled pandiarajan into a pimpy,payanthakolly,cruel criminal-a multi-layered performance that'll be spoken of with reverence.
the real strength of mishkin is his emphasis and choice for the unforgettable screen presence of SUPPORTING CAST- borderline IQed,loud mouthing- KURUVI, the blood chilling,no nonsense criminal sidekick-SAPPAI, mukam theriadha antha mottai thalai assasin, that ever energetic police officer ponvannan,peyar theriatha pookaara kilavi-endru adukkikondaey poakalaam.
the plot twisting scenes of the movies are cut with innovative angles-mostly focussing on feet and hands of men-avoiding faces during dialogue-with the lighting of a dull 40 watts tungsten filament bulb-sets up an eerie and surrealistic tone for the events unfolding on the screen-requires standing ovation.
the music -especially for the never ending climax-oops,i managed to finally find fault with a rather perfect movie-sets up a crsecendo of orchestration,worth emulating.but the songs-although "kathaalai kannaley kuthathey" has been a big hit with the masses-would have invited the wrath of our honble union minister of health,dr.anbumani ramadoss-because ,as usual-they provide breaks for smoking cigarettes.
naalumaninaeram odinaalum,poatta kaasukku paisa vasool,maamey.
although, i'd have preferred QUENTIN TARANTINOsque quick,slick, stylized flicks-i take this opportunity to honour MISHKIN with the title of FUTURE MARTIN SCORSESE of TAMIL CINEMA.
For everything said and done, LET US SALUTE-MISHKIN
this movie is not for the faint hearted, so " ANJAATHEY "