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Anand
Deepa Menon / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suggestions
Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
It’s not often that a movie actually delivers on its promise of giving you ‘something different’. Usually it means the same hackneyed plot is infused with one new element: a new hero, a new foreign locale, a new team of stunt-doubles all the way from Reykjavik. Everything else remains hauntingly similar. Well, take heart, jaded movie-goers, for this might very well be the sign of a brave new era. An era that was installed gloriously by Hyderabad Blues and then botched up cruelly by Hyderabad Blues 2. Anand is no Dollar Dreams 2 (Kammula’s first film); it’s smarter, prettier and has a different story to tell.

Of course, the story itself is not horribly original. It follows the fairly simple premise of love story-obstacles-happy ending. It has a lovely girl, a tolerably cute boy, some gorgeous music, and scenes of beguiling sweetness. All it wants to do is take little, lost moments of the day, sprinkle moon dust over them and then freeze the frame. To stop and smell the flowers, as it were. Given the kind of trash you’re bombarded with everyday, it’s a bit of a relief to watch a film that lets you catch your breath while it tells you its story.

Roopa (Kamalinee Mukherjee) is orphaned as a child when a freak accident kills her entire family. The freak that caused the accident is so thoroughly returned to his senses, that he goes quite unhinged. But he’s a nice sort, and keeps a loving eye on Roopa as she grows up into a proper young lady with a bad taste in bridegrooms.

The boy she’s about to marry (Anuj Gurwara) is what you might call a mama’s boy. You might also add that mama can keep him. Roopa is initially unaware of the mess she’s landed when she decides to marry into the Marwari family from Hell. She takes her time finding out what slimeballs they are, but in the nick of time Roopa summons the sense to kick him out of the pandal.

It is during this highly charged time that Anand (Raja) first meets Roopa. He falls in love and follows her home. Apart from the love angle, he also shares another connection with Roopa, as it was his father that drunkenly sent her family careening to their death. Not a very promising beginning to any relationship.

The rest of the film is, as you can probably guess, all about how they each get over their issues and reach out to each other. Roopa has an adorable gal-pal in Satya and playing Anand’s increasingly exasperated chuddy-buddy is Anish Kuruvilla. Both these characters are endearing and balance out the mush factor of the love story. The music, as mentioned earlier, is most lovely and sets a definite mood to the whole film. The shots, especially the interiors and the early morning sequences, are created and shot with creative use of color and lights.

And it rains almost throughout. Scenes like an old vendor roasting bhutta on the front porch or the girl and her friend frying gulab jamuns over a kerosene stove in the bedroom as it pours continuously outside, make you want to curl up to the warmth too.

Anand is a beautifully made film, with simple, if slightly strait-laced, ideas about relationships. There’s an honesty in its timbre, despite the obvious effort it makes to sustain the rose-tinted, soft-focus view. It does get self-indulgent toward the end, and could have used a more liberal application of the editor’s scissors. Otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable tale of happy endings, with nothing borrowed and nothing blue.
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Anand (telugu) reviews
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  • Cast
    Raja, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Anuj Gurwara, Chandana Chakravarthy, Satya, Anish Kuruvilla
  • Director
    Sekar Kammula
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Can watch again - NA
Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
Vidya on 13th Sep 2013, 3:09pm | Permalink
It is one of the best romantic movie I have ever seen..I like hero and heroine's natural acting very much.Hats off to Shekar kamula

Pros: Wonderful movie
Cons:
Vidya on 13th Sep 2013, 3:00pm | Permalink
It is one of the best Indian romantic movie.The crew have done a great job.
Psa on 13th Dec 2006, 4:04am | Permalink
SUUUUUPPERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
RATING
10
Raj Kumar on 9th Jan 2006, 8:40am | Permalink
It is a very good movie. The movie runs very smoothly for 3 hrs. songs are good. One of the Good movie in 2004.
RATING
10
Levi Ratna Kumar on 16th Jul 2005, 4:05pm | Permalink
it is a very excellent moview, i cant express in words
RATING
10
Kiran Naidu on 15th Jan 2005, 6:58am | Permalink
I have again started watching telugu movies after a long time. The hiatus was probably triggered by a very busy academic life and routine torporic films. Anand was released when I almost stopped watching movies. The music is singular. Raja and Kamalinee Mukherjee were awesome. I wish Shekar Kammula all the very best with the hindi version.

Hurray to good films.
RATING
10
Rahul Raman on 15th Jan 2005, 12:50am | Permalink
Movie is good, like one of those feel good type hollywood movies, makes u feel warm in the heart, uplifting type movie, maybe cheesy, but then a fine surprise.
RATING
10
Har Redd on 29th Dec 2004, 4:19am | Permalink
good movie
RATING
8
Vibha on 8th Dec 2004, 7:45am | Permalink
Probably the first movie in telugu where they didnt show the hero and the heroine's frens as dumb or atleast falling in luv themselves.
RATING
8
Avantika on 5th Dec 2004, 11:57am | Permalink
True to its punchline "oka manchi coffee lanti cinema".Worth a try.
RATING
8
Satish on 26th Oct 2004, 10:17am | Permalink
Though it is a director's movie, you will never feel like getting bored. It is a must watch for everone.
RATING
10
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