Annadurai: This twin brother story has nothing new to offer in terms of story or performance
Movie Review by Dhanalakshmi R (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
With a predictable plot that has identical twins (one of them good and one of them bad) and a politician who is an archtypical villain, making life difficult for the protagonist’s family; there is nothing new in terms of plotline in Annadurai. Annadurai is like any other Tamil action-drama flick and is a pure one-time watch meant to kill time.
Annadurai (Vijay Antony) is an alcoholic who lost his fiancée in an accident. On the other hand, his twin Thambidurai (Vijay Antony) is a responsible PT teacher who takes care of the family. The family lands in trouble when Annadurai lands up in jail as he accidently murders someone in inebriated condition. When he comes out of jail after spending seven years, he is shocked to find that his responsible twin brother has turned into a rowdy. Thereafter, Annadurai reforms and decides to help his brother mend his ways. As quite evident, the film has a sketchy storyline and hardly pays any attention to details. It is mostly dragging and abounds with unwanted scenes.
Director Srinivasan wanted to tell the same old story with new characters. But he has forgotten to focus on creating a solid character sketch for his protagonists. One can hardly differentiate Annadurai and Thambidurai. Vijay Anthony fails miserably in convincing the audience that he is playing two different characters in the film. Other characters like Eswari (Mahima), Revathi (Diana Champika), Chitra (Jewel Mary) hardly have much to do except lend some support to Vijay Anthony. Radharavi, who plays the main antagonist, has hardly any scenes to perform. Among the supporting cast, it is only Kaali Venkat, who plays Annadurai’s friend who adds some color and liveliness to the plot.
Inititally, Annnadurai’s character is shown as an epitome of goodness and intends to get the audience all teary-eyed. But as the director tends to overdo the emotional scenes, you start cringing in certain scenes. The director also tries to give ‘social messages’ through the film and at times, he showcases his ridiculous notion of righteousness. For instance, in the beginning there is a scene where Annadurai advices a girl after he saves her from being raped. He advices the girl not to reveal what had happened to her as he believes everyone will blame her for it! This is absolutely unacceptable.
The songs in the movie are nothing to write about. However, the background score is decent as it fits the plot and mood of the film. The movie is set in Thirukovilur town and the cinematographer has done a great job in capturing the mofussil town’s spirit.
After a slew of hit movies, there was much expectation from Vijay Antony’s Annadurai. However, it serves as a huge disappointment for fans and critics alike.