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Deccan Herald » Movie Reviews » Detailed Story
Ananthabhadram
Sreenath I
Malayalam (U): Sangeeth, Manoranjan

Cast: Prithviraj, Kavya

Madhavan, Manoj K Jayan

Director: Santhosh Sivan



Dreams are a reality of another density. Anand (Prithviraj) comes to Sivapuram, his nondescript maternal village where realms of reality and fantasy are inseparably interwoven and melts logic out of you. Black magic, rituals, offerings, snake gods, indicators, omens and superstitions are part of the village psyche. Anand’s US bred logic tries to crack a few implicit village codes but the labyrinth is unfathomable and has the luring pull that draws him further. The director allots ample time for Anand to be with his sweetheart cousin and soon-to-be sworn in village goddess Bhadra (Kavya Madhavan). The heroine’s vermillion crimson vesture is beauty in itself and adds to the ambience of quasi-real activity. Costume designer S B Satheesan has worked on theme and colour pattern and Santhosh Sivan’s camera captures it to the fullest.

Adaptation of Ravi Varma paintings and motifs need more than cosmetic attention and it redraws aesthetic sensibilities. In spite of all the work of art, the climax seems to be the point of deliverance to the audience. Reasons may vary from the presence of the part time apparition (Riya Sen) to too much transmigration and telepathy.

Manoj K Jayan, as necromancer Digambaran, merits mention. Kannan’s background scores and M G Radhakrishnan’s music carries you through the depressions of the movie scape.
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