Anamika Movie Review

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Anamika Movie Poster
Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:36:21.4470000 IST


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After series of forgettable musical debacles, veteran Anu Malik is expected to be hoping for an optimistic resurrection this year with strings of promising musical releases. ANAMIKA ?THE UNTOLD STORY, a low profile psycho-thriller romantic drama stems out to be his first project that has its lean share of delights and successes. Unfortunately the exhibit is too meager and sloppy in its offerings that the endeavor fails completely in rewriting Anu Malik back into the much desired slot of today?s hot-shot music composers.

Shaan?s fabulous voice that has enthralled us all in solo soft rock ballads makes the brightest sparkle in the album with Anu?s most refined set of upbeat arrangements in his remarkably conceived ?Aashiqui?. It hails its inspiration from Pritam?s South-Asian style of soft rock ballad where subtle rock elements along with enthuse chorals strike chords with pleasing wordings. The track has intriguing romantic impulse in its daunting background appeal that gets emoted well with compelling percussive overtures and Sameer?s expressive lyrical works. ?Aashiqui? marks the first noteworthy arrival of Anu Malik in the marquee but still its far way from anything that can be termed as ?chartbusting?.

After upbeat and flourishing musical moves, Anu relives back to his old-fashioned 80?s flair in ?Shagufta Dil?, a ?teasing-pleasing? romantic number about alluring beloved in a vociferously flashy ways. It initiates with ?Hitchkokian? musical binge (???) and then gets itself shaped into stereotypical loud disco musical maneuvers where unwanted echoing, resonating, drumming and shrilling of instruments create an overtly jarring impression. Shaan?s voice is wasted in earsplitting screechy and boisterously baritones and trendy ?Salsa? musical moves hardly any substance to its harmonic quotient. It?s too high on machines and noises than on music or vocals and like many of Anu?s previous rejected numbers, it adds to the list of his malfunctions.

The intriguing and intimidating melodic overtures of Aadesh Srivastava?s ?Gustakhiyan? (AANKHEN (2002)) forms expressive inspiration of inundating daunting appeal as they gets unconvincingly and sluggishly transformed into folksy pop rendition in average sounding ?Laagee Laagee?. Sunidhi Chauhan propels out in pub crooner binge in her coarsely vocals while Krishna completes the formality of being ardent background vocalist. It?s lackluster and overtly outmoded presentation in monotonously sounding composition will be adding more worries to the prospects of the album.



Watching Dino perform you would not be able to make out the difference between BRAHM, released recently and ANAMIKA. Same expressions, same mood, same walk. Wake up Dino! Minissha, I guess, is quite confused as to how she landed this role, oops into the palace! As for Koena, they say she is the caretaker and Dino?s childhood friend. But what about her ancestors? How did she come about being the caretaker? What about her parents? Mahadevan decides that it is not required. But he has enough time to build up her character. Instead, he ends up using her as a chandelier. Only Gulshan Grover acts.

TO GO OR NOT: Buy a DVD of the Sanjeev Kumar-Jaya Bhaduri starrer and top it with the Hitchcock classic.

Ratings : 0/5






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If there is anything that assures you that this will be a decent movie, it?s the title - ANAMIKA. In 1973, this Jaya Bhaduri-Sanjeev Kumar starrer was a hit. This is where director Ananth Mahadevan whets the appetite of the viewer. But 10 minutes into this film and you know you are in for a snooze-fest.

What Mahadevan could have finished telling off in one reel, he prolongs for 14 painful reels. And he has no semblance of a clue of how to hold the suspense. Even when it unfolds, you want to ask him, ?Mr, if this was all there was to it, why was not Dino opening his mouth and telling his second wife Minissha at the first instance. Or, why was not Minissha asking him how his first wife died, instead of jumping into marriage with a man she has just met?

If Alfred Hitchcock could hold the viewers spellbound with his 1940 classic REBECCA, it was because he wove the scenes together skillfully and kept the viewers on the edge of his seat, guessing until the last moment. Mahadevan, who has borrowed heavily from Hitchcock, fails to understand how to glue the viewer. A bad take-off on the classic, which won two Oscars.

Here is the story: Dino Morea (Vikram Singh Sisodiya) a rich industrialist from Rajasthan comes to Mumbai for a business meeting and requests the services of an escort who actually will be his secretary for the day. Minisha Lamba (Jia) who is employed by the escorts service makes a hash of her job, which prompts Dino to train her to be a good escort. Before the day ends, he has proposed marriage, and she has accepted. Next she moves on to his palatial bungalow where she is introduced to the caretaker Koena Mitra and other support staff who do nothing but always refer to the dead Mrs Sisidoya (Anamika). ?She would have preferred it this way?, and ?she would have done it this way?? Everything in the mansion has her stamp ?A? and Jia is trapped, until she musters enough courage to say that she is Mrs Sisodiya. Both try to save their marriage by burying the ghost of the past and by a twist of fate, are led to the body of Anamika.



Watching Dino perform you would not be able to make out the difference between BRAHM, released recently and ANAMIKA. Same expressions, same mood, same walk. Wake up Dino! Minissha, I guess, is quite confused as to how she landed this role, oops into the palace! As for Koena, they say she is the caretaker and Dino?s childhood friend. But what about her ancestors? How did she come about being the caretaker? What about her parents? Mahadevan decides that it is not required. But he has enough time to build up her character. Instead, he ends up using her as a chandelier. Only Gulshan Grover acts.

TO GO OR NOT: Buy a DVD of the Sanjeev Kumar-Jaya Bhaduri starrer and top it with the Hitchcock classic.

Ratings : 0/5





Rating /5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Dino Morea, Minissha Lamba, Koena Mitra, Aarti Chhabria.
  • Lyrics: Sameer
  • Director: Anant Mahadevan
  • Music Director: Anu Malik
  • Release Date : 02 May 2008

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