Cast: Vimal, Nandita Swetha, Pasupathy, Imman Annachi, ‘Aadukalam’ Murugadoss, Subbu Panchu, Riythvika, R.V. Udhayakumar and others
Music: Gopi Sunder
Cinematography: Ravi Kannan
Editing: K.L. Praveen
Direction: Thangam Saravanan
Producers: Dhilip Subbarayan
Here comes a Vimal-starrer after a long time as he pairs up opposite ‘lucky’ Nandita Swetha in Thangam Saravanan’s Anjala, a moderate-budget film which appears to have ‘success’ written all over it.
Whenever one comes across a name-board with “Since ___” on it, it is obvious that the shop/organization has a history and heritage associated with its inception. Anjala is about a tea shop which is the identity of a 100-year old town.
Backdrop of the film is no doubt unique as it attracts audiences with some emotion-filled sequences. Watch the film to find out whether the initial promise lasts till the climatic sequence.
Few places in the film reminds the viewers of their ‘horrible’ tele-serials which could have been easily avoided by the editor. This may act against the film’s showing at the box-office as audiences have started appreciating only realistic films of late. Special mention should be made, however, to the flashback sequence which has been well-conceived and shot.
Vemal, Nandita, Subbu Panchu, Aadukalam Murugadoss, Imman Annachi and many others are very natural in their portrayal of their respective roles. It’s a cakewalk for Vimal who is a expert in such kind of roles. Thankfully, each of them has done exactly what the director expected from them.
Pasupathi who has already proved his mettle in many films in the past; here, he single handedly carries Anjala as a saleable product to its viewers and audiences. Director Thangam Saravanan deserves praise of the highest order for neat characterization and for conceiving Pasupathi’s character.
Gopi Sunder’s music and BGM is average. Cinematography is very good.
• Flash-back portions
• Packaging in second-half
Verdict: Anjala is time-pass stuff if one chooses to overlook some flaws.