Director: Amal Neerad
Writers: Amal Neerad
Stars: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Prakash Raj, Mamta Mohandas
Release Date: 15 October 2010 (India)
Budget: INR 40,000,000 (estimated)
Anwar was interesting to watch when i first saw the trailers.Though here once again it has been proved that when it comes to the action sequences and style you require amal neerad.The story in Anwar is good and the way amal neerad has proceeded with the story is also good but at some instances the movie loses its pace.The Story Revolves around Anwar (Prithviraj) is an orphan serving a jail term for money laundering. In jail he meets Babu Sait (Lal), a religious leader cum businessman accused of masterminding a bomb blast in Coimbatore. He slowly takes Anwar under his wings and even arranges for his bail. Then, as expected, Anwar becomes Sait's right hand man playing an important part in carrying out Sait's illicit businesses and even planting explosives in a couple of places.Among those arrested with him is a young lady Ayesha (Mamta Mohandas) who was working in a chemical factory and is suspected to have provided the raw material for the explosives used in the Coimbatore blast.The anti-terrorist squad chief of Tamil Nadu police, Stalin Manimaran (Prakash Raj), who had initially arrested Sait and his gang, is still trailing them. Any further unravelling of the story would be a spoiler.Prithviraj has done a sparkling job as Anwar. He has long been acknowledged as the next best thing of Malayalam cinema and he shows why such assumptions are relevant.Mamta Mohandas as Ayesha has a riveting presence for whatever time she gets on the screen. Prakash Raj is effortless as a beedi-smoking investigating officer while Lal is subdued as Babu Sait. They both leave an impact, though.Sateesh Kurup, who cranks the camera has been a revelation and has made a statement with his exhilarating cinematography and amazing use of natural light.Another name that deserves a worthy mention is the music director Gopi Sundar, it is his haunting background score that made Anwar the movie it is. Amal Neerad, who had depended only on technical wizardry for his earlier films like Big B and Sagar Alias Jackie- Reloaded, has come up with a decent storyline here. Of course, the inspiration from Jeffrey Nachmanoff's Traitor is evident at times. The suspense and the tension is watered down in the climax.Its far from perfect with too many 'cinematic liberties' to boost the hero and things could have been better with a tighter script.Overall the movie is watchable.
Amal Neerad proved again that he is not a good scriptwriter, just a cinematographer, wanted to show all the techniques and stylized shots on the screen with SLOW MOTION effects every where. This film has nothing better from Amal's previous one Sagar Alias Jacky.
First half was very lagging and the over use of slow motion just increased the boredom. i almost fell asleep in theater. Nothing at all happened to the story line until the second half. I am not going through the story as there is not much to mention. The script got many loop holes and some unwanted twists, which not even helped the script and it doesn't makes any sense at all. Screenplay is the skeleton of a film. Amal should give more consideration to the screenplay than the SHOTS. And i hope he would reduce the use of SLOW MOTION in his next film.