Anandam (Telugu) Review & Rating
While childhood is the happiness of our parents enjoying the growth of the cute little things, college life is our happiness. College and campus life is always unforgettable and make for a lasting memory. People in old age remember their childhood and youth with fondness. Such is the power of that age in everyone's life. And this precisely is the reason for the success of films that invoke the nostalgic factor of college life. things one had done in the youth keep the sweetness until the very end.
Aanandam is the Telugu dubbed version of 2016 Malayalam movie of the same name. The movie is directed by Ganesh Raj in his directorial debut. He chose the story of college students. Arun Kurian, Thomas Mathew, Siddhi Mahajankatti, Roshan Mathew, Annu Antony, Vishak Nair and Anarkali Marikar played the lead roles of seven college students with some of them are in love others BFFs.
The story of the movie Aanandam revolves around a group of seven friends who embark on their first Industrial Visit tour of their college career. Rockstar Gautham, Kuppi, Devika, Diya, Darshana, Varun, and Akshay, along with a group of 33 classmates and two faculty members Chacko sir and Lovely miss travel to Hampi via Mysuru and then to Goa for the New Year’s Eve to enjoy the Sun Down Party. Varun organizes the trip as he's recommended by the whole class, and plans everything beforehand.
Gautham and Devika are the lovebirds of the group. Gautam has different interests compared to Devika, but he hides them from her. Akshay has feelings for Diya since he first saw her during a ragging session where Diya is forced by the seniors to say I Love You to Akshay. But he keeps his feelings within him for the fear of being rejected. his friends encourage him that the upcoming Industrial Visit (IC tour) will be his best chance to get acquainted with Diya.
Akshay has many fears including fear of water, fear of heights, among, but the worst one being his fear of future, as he is often being compared with his successful elder brother, Akash, who set the standards too high. The rest of the story of the movie Aanandam is about how the most awaited IV trip affects small to large changes in them and made them mellow down in their lives.
Most of the actors in this movie are new. All the guys who played the seven lead roles steal the show. They are natural in their expression and behaviour. Dr. Rony David who played the role of Chacko sir and Vinitha Koshy who played the character of Lovely Miss make their presence felt. Rest of the cast did their jobs in an admirable way. The cast is the biggest plus point of the movie.
Roshan Matthew and Vishak Nair are especially fun to watch. Siddhi Mahajankatti who played the character Diya is cute and lively.If you want to be picky, Thomas Matthew who played the character Akshay is a bit of a weak link compared to others.
Ganesh Raj did a stupendous job as the director. The Screenplay which apparently has no story to bank on is written quite well. If the screenplay is not done as well as in this movie, This type of films become documentaries. Though the movie feels like drag in few places, and that may make the audience feel bore.
The music scored by Sachin Warrier complemented the narration. Songs cannot be remembered because of their blending with the narration, and the background score is superior compared to other movies of this genre. The cinematography by Anend C. Chandran is first-rate. The cameos by Nivin Pauly and Renji Panicker gave the narrative a push towards the climax. The editing by Abhinav Sunder Nayak is beautiful without any jerks. Locations are a joy to watch.
Production values by the producers of the original film are superb. The producers of the Telugu dubbed version did a fantastic job. Dialogues written by M. Rajasekhar Reddy are so good and authentic. They lent Telugu flavour without missing the essence. Dubbing for actors is very natural.
Overall, Aanandam is a beautiful college movie narrating the lives of students in their four-day IV trip. Though the first half look flat in script terms, the second half has enough twists and surprises. The scenes between Akshay and Diya and their interaction among their friends make for a mesmerising watch. The fun scenes between friends remind us of our college day. There are no forced or cinematic scenes in the movie. There is no manipulating the emotions of youngsters by portraying the college life in a romantic way. The audience can identify themselves with at least one of the characters in the movie. Watch and experience Aanandam.
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