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Anjali (1990)

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Chitra, her husband, Shekar, and two children, Arjun and Anu live in a rural area in India. When Chitra is expecting her third child, she is taken on a stormy night to a hospital where she ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Revathy ...
Chitra (as Revathi)
Raghuvaran ...
Shekar
Prabhu ...
Ex-Convict
Saranya Ponvannan ...
Child Psychiatrist (as Charaniya)
Shanti Priya ...
(as Nishanthi)
Arun
Shruthi
Shamili ...
Anjali (as Shamli)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tarun ...
(as Master Tarun)
Ramaswamy V.K
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Chitra, her husband, Shekar, and two children, Arjun and Anu live in a rural area in India. When Chitra is expecting her third child, she is taken on a stormy night to a hospital where she is informed that her child, a girl, has been stillborn. Shortly thereafter the family re-locates to a flat in the city where Shekar works as an Architect at a construction site. Two years later, Chitra starts suspecting Shekar of having an extra-marital affair. When confronted, Shekar is at first elusive, then finally admits that Chitra did give birth to a brain-damaged child, who he left at the care of the hospital. Chitra brings the child home, much to the chagrin of Arjun and Anu, and other neighborhood kids. To make matters more complicated, Shekar witnesses the murder of a Police Inspector, and comes forward to testify, knowing fully well that the killer as well as the Police Department would like to close this file as a suicide. Watch what happens when things snow-ball out of control as Shekar... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Anjali Anjali
Written by: Vaali
Produced by: Ilayaraja
Performed by: Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Bhavatharani R., Premgi Amaren, Venkat Prabhu, Hari Bhaskar and Parthi Bhaskar
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Watch it for Ratnam's unique way of storytelling
4 March 2008 | by (India) – See all my reviews

There are 2 major aspects of this movie which makes it very interesting

  • 1. ManiRatnam's unique and brilliant style of movie-making, 2.


Children.

The movie actually reminds me of the novel 'To Kill a Mocking Bird'. And I should say that Mani has done a great job indianising the novel and making a commercial movie out of it.The characters of Jem, Scout and Boo Radley from the novel have been very well depicted in the movie.

The brother-sister relationship (played by Tarun and Shruthi), different kinds of people in the colony, the scarily unseen neighbor(played by Prabhu) who is spied by the kids, how the society discriminates certain people (a mentally retarded sister in this case), how the 2 children take the brunt of their neighborhood kids ridicule and then learn to handle it - have all been very well depicted.

Though the screenplay is not perfect and definitely not as good as ManiRatnam's other movies, you would still find it interesting and unforgettable. All the characters have been very well played (Credit goes to the director for getting it out of the kids). And not to forget the great music and great cinematography.

Overall its a 'must watch' movie.


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