Marathi films are trying out of the box subjects for quite some time now and Anaan takes that uniqueness to the next level. The film Anaan, directed by Rajesh Kushte and produced by Raunaq Bhatia & Hemant Bhatia, takes the path very few film-makers have travelled before. There are many mysteries and mystical things hidden within the physical and mental form of a human being, which the film explores. The central character, Neel's dilemma about her uniqueness and her ultimate revelation & acceptance is the crux of the film. . Anaan explores this mystery of the unimaginable, unbelievable and unthinkable life which is mystifying, rare and could be shocking.
The film starts with Ghazal singer Vasudha (Shilpa Tulaskar) finding an abandoned child in a desolated temple. Some tribles including Daaji (Rajendra Shisatkar) try to kill the infant calling it as demonic and a sin child. Vasudha is shocked by the physical form of the child, but still saves the child and raise her as her own daughter, Neel (Prarthana Behere). Neel grows up to become a beautiful dancer, but she still posesses the dilemma about her physical and emotional queerness.
Kris (Sukhada Khandkekar) is a German girl, who visits India to do research on Indian art form and she also wants to do a show as her presentation. She meets the group of Classical dancer Yuvraj (Omkar Shinde) and his friends Jay (Suyog Gorhe) an Vicky (Uday Nene). They decide to research on Shiva's different forms as he is the ultimate originator of all art forms including Tandav. They come in contact with Prarthana and decide to make her their show's heroine but loose contact due to Daaji attacking her performance stage. But life allows them to meet again. Yuvraj falls in love with Neel and slowly through the dance and art form Neel's true identity and her uniqueness is revealed by Kris and Yuvraj.
The film has very thin story-line and to develop it in a feature film must have been a challenge for the director, even they developed a good screenplay. The film tries to make things as simple as possible. It has moderate pace in both halves and it takes time to develop the characters.
The film highly depend on classical dance and both Prarthana and Omkar has given fabulous perfromances. Prarthana has looked the most beautiful in this film of her entire career. Sukhada though takes credit for her fabulous acting and narrating the story as Kris. Rest of the cast has done their job pretty well. The music by Saurabh-Durgesh is the crux of the film and all the songs are good.
Their are issues with film, as it's cinematography is below par and does not take cinematic liberty in many scenes. Even the pace should have been little fast to keep the audience engaged all the time. The film need patience to understand and if you have that patience, it is a good one time watch for sure.
Rating: 3 Stars /5
Review By: Ajay Kulye
Movie: Anaan | अनान
Director: Rajesh Kushte
Producers: Raunaq Bhatia & Hemant Bhatia
Co-Producers: Kailash Chumbhale, Shivkumar Sharma, Radheya Malpani
Studio: Rohan Theatres
Cast: Prarthana Behere, Debutant Omkar Shinde, Sukhada Khandkekar, Suyog Gorhe, Yatin Karyekar, Uday Nene, Shilpa Tulaskar, Uday Sabnis, Veena Jagtap, Rajendra Shisatkar, Sneha Raikar, Akshata Tikhe, Bhumi Dali and Prajakta Mali
Story: Hemant Bhatia
Screenplay & Dialogues: Raju - Mukesh
Music: Saurabh - Durgesh
Release Date: 22nd September 2017
Duration: 129 mins