Why call it a biopic when it is meant to sing praises like a hagiography. After the all good feel good MS DHONI, another on screen devotional on a popular figure this time the social activist Anna Hazare hits the marquee and we wonder why was this 'one man show baazi' by Shashank Udapurkar wanted to be a feature film instead of a documentary in praise.ANNA MOVIE POSTERS
Designed as a Bollywood potboiler, the movie gets things wrong very soon on the man behind the famous India Against Corruption movement in 2011 that became a range and then lost its steam in political storm.
Writer director and actor Shashank Udapurkar in his fondness to the respected activist from Maharashtra who made way for the Jan Lokpal Bill, ignores vital facts and moves on a single point agenda on showcasing the goodness and holiness of Anna.
Udapurkar's fan boy account traces the journey of Anna from an Army man into a crusader of common man's plight. The dilemma of Anna who believes that enemy is within the borders not outside is half baked and lacks the inspirational quotient - the most important ingredient for a good biopic.
Udapurkar's presentation is so easy, simple and overwhelmingly filmy that the maker misses a good opportunity to make an inspirational cinema.
Anna's grit and honesty doesn't get explained and the way he simply gets transformed within two frames by reading books by Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi is not that convincing.
Udapurkar's focus is on Anna and himself dwarfing other characters played by Kishore Kadam and Govind Namdeo.
Further the movie simply ignores the other side of the debate on corruption and stays away in making any statement and having an independent opinion.
How political parties used and hijacked Anna's fight and how he got sidelined in the end is surprisingly missing.
A pious leader like Anna doesn't need a promotion but we saw the 79-year-old Anna appearing on popular TV and radio shows promoting his own biopic. Do we need to say more on this amateurishly handled devotional piece in the name of biopic where Shashank Udapurkar looks from certain angle and his fine acting skills are the only plus point in this wasted opportunity.