Who says a big budget, big star cast, and high production values are a must in a film? Who says a story cannot be engaging if there are no visual distractions in the form of songs filmed overseas?
Breaking the conventional wisdom and delivering a narrative seems natural for Shankar’s S Pictures. The filmmaker's new film Ananthapurathu Veedu tells the story of a couple who meets a sudden end because of a car accident.
The couple's son lives in Chennai with his wife and child. He moves into his ancestral home in the beginning of the film. What seems like a vacation turns out to be a hiding from his debtors. The family lives in its ancestral home almost on house arrest (thanks to the money lenders).
The most commendable performance in the film is that of the money lender. His voice is captivating and menacing at times.
The film does not let you wander even a minute (except for the introduction song which was not required).
Filmed exclusively in a house in a village (which you will fall in love with and immediately plan to add to your list of possessions to own before you retire), this film looks like one which did not drain the producer's pocket.
The casting is average because most of the adult performances are just about there, but nothing spectacular. The kid looks natural. He is well cast and in simple words, is the 'soul' of the film.
The events are unbelievable, but we let director Naga have his cinematic liberties
In short, a good effort. But it's a one-time watch and not a collectors' item. This film dangerously flirts between being average and OK.