Cast: Nayantara, Harshavardhan Rane, Pasupathy, Vaibhav Reddy
Basic Plot: Sujoy Ghosh
Music: MM Keeravani
Dialogue-Screenplay: Yandamuri Veerendranath & Sekhar Kammula
Producers: Endemol India, Logline Productions
Direction: Sekhar Kammula
Anaamika is a suspense thriller, directed by Sekhar Kammula. Though it is an official remake of Bollywood blockbuster Kahaani, Anaamika is totally different except for basic plot. Nayantara has played the title role while Vaibhav Reddy and Pasupathy have played important support.
The film opens with a bomb blast at People’s Plaza in Hyderabad. After few months Anaamika (Nayantara), a software engineer, arrives in Hyderabad from Maryland, USA during the Durga Puja festivities in search of her missing husband, Ajay Shastri (Harshavardhan Rane). Parthasaradhi (Vaibhav Reddy), a police officer, investigates the case to find Ajay Shastri. Rest of the film deals with how Anaamika finds her missing husband with a stunning twist in the climax.
Anaamika is a tailor made role for Nayantara. She is good, especially in the post interval and climax scenes. But don’t dare to compare her to Vidya Balan. Sunitha’s dubbing didn’t suit her and hence her performance appeared ineffective in few important scenes. Pasupathy is excellent as a sincere police officer. Vaibhav Reddy is okay as a cop who has sympathy towards Anaamika. Harshavardhan Rane is okay.
Naresh is good in a short role of bad politician. The guy who did the role of hotel manager provided some comic relief. Thagubothu Ramesh has got no scope to make you laugh. He shall be seen as a character artiste but not as a comedian in Anaamika.
MM Keeravani’s BGM is one of the major strengths of Anaamika. Vijay Kumar’s cinematography is natural. He has captured the old city of Hyderabad in a beautiful way. Marthand K. Venkatesh’s editing could have been better in the first half. However, he has done a fantastic job for the second half. Art director Chinna has done a splendid job in erecting a set of a part of old city.
Sekhar Kammula has teamed up with yesteryear’s legend writer Yandamuri to make huge changes in the script of Kahaani. The duo ended up successful in adapting Kahaani as per Telugu nativity. Their screenplay is gripping but I’m disappointed with their dialogues. Sekhar Kammula’s direction is great as usual.
Sekhar Kammula must be appreciated for his guts in remaking Kahaani. Vidya Balan’s pregnancy element played a major role in success of Kahaani. Sekhar Kammula has taken a daring step by not showing the patragonist as a pregnant lady. But still, Anaamika is on par with Kahaani and makes you sit at the edge of your seat, thanks to the near-to-perfect adapted screenplay. Usually, when a hit thriller is remade, audience may not be so curious towards it as they already knew the suspense element. But one who saw Kahaani shall be curious to know what kind of climax is offered as Anaamika is not a pregnant woman. Trust me, the climax of Anaamika is no less to that of Kahaani.
A woman comes to India from foreign land during Durga Puja festivities. A police officer offers help in finding her missing husband. She boards in an untidy hotel while searching for her husband – similarity between Kahaani and Anaamika ends there.
As every other Indian, Sekhar Kammula is also deeply moved by Nirbhaya incident. He tried to show average man’s perception towards a woman wherever it is possible in Anaamika. He wanted to convey that Anaamika is nameless, faceless and fearless. However, I’m slightly disappointed with the characterization of Nayantara. Sekhar Kammula showed heroine as a mentally and emotionally strong woman in his previous films. But Nayantara’s role is nothing compared to the heroines in his previous flicks. Perhaps the strong story might have dominated the characterization.
Anaamika has negligible comedy in spite of casting actors like Thagubothu Ramesh. It shows Sekhar Kammula wanted to stick to the main theme. Most of the scenes in the first half are dragging. Pasupathy enters the scene post interval. The film raises during a conversation between Nayantara and Pasupathy in police station. From there, the graph never falls down till the end. Entire second half is the highlight of Anaamika. It increases curiosity by every scene and your curiosity will be satisfied by a different yet apt and stunning climax.
Anaamika is a different ‘Kahaani’. It remains faithful to its original but still makes you feel that it is very different from its original. Don’t miss this suspense thriller which is on par with its original.