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Anand (2004)

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Plot
The film is essentially the story of a modern-day girl Roopa (Kamalinee Mukherjee). She begins her day with classical music lessons for kids in her neighborhood followed by her day job in an ad-agency. She along with her close friend Anita (Satya Krishnan) work on weekends at a nursery. Roopa is shown as a woman who stands for her self-respect, determined at her decisions and yet lovable and sensitive. Unlike her friend Anita, Roopa though modern, sticks to her traditional roots when it comes to dressing.

Roopa loses her parents in a tragic accident and from then on has had to fend for things herself. She falls in love with a colleague, Rahul, a rich marwadi and almost gets married until she realizes how this marriage is going to separate her from her freedom and individuality. Anita has sensed this much earlier after meeting Rahul’s mother who is an orthodox north Indian. Her worries come true on the day of marriage when Rahul’s mother confronts her about her wedding sari. Roopa says she has always wanted to wear her mother’s sari for her wedding. In spite of wearing the sari in North-Indian style as per her instructions, she is not happy. And this grows into an argument and during all this Rahul tries to convince Roopa, but never supports her. Roopa soon realizes how things are going to be if she marries him and takes the painful decision to call off the marriage.

Anand is the son of a rich industrialist who killed Roopa’s parents (in an accident), due to which he lost his mental balance. Anand brings his father to Roopa’s wedding hoping that his blessings for the wedded couple would bring solace to his soul. When he sees Roopa, he decides that she is the woman for him. At the marriage hall he witnesses the turn of events and wants to try his luck in wooing Roopa. In this attempt, he drops his studies in the US and decides to move into a room next to her house. They frown, fight, argue with each other all through his stay there. Anita who is aware of his love for Roopa, helps him by giving him some tips.

A few months later, Rahul’s mother dies and Roopa is the first one he approaches to ask for some help . She gives all the support as a friend to him during his difficult days. On the other hand, the affection between Anand and Roopa is on and off, with arguments on trivial issues. Anand continues to put in his efforts till one day drunken Rahul appears at Roopa’s house only to forcibly convince her to marry him. Anand gets frustrated and kicks him out of the house and blames her for choosing Rahul over him. Trying to win back the love of Anand, she cooks for him. He simply rejects and leaves the house. After a few days, they both meet again at Dandiya Night, where Roopa confesses her love him. Later, Anand reveals that his father is responsible for her parents’ death. She gets shocked by this but decides to forgive that event and move on with her life and agrees to marry Anand.

The attempt of the film was to juxtapose the very simple things in life one learns about , like a beautiful early morning, a cool evening breeze, a chilly moon lit night or a beautiful rainy day, while sitting on your bed or sofa and relishing a hot cup of good coffee.

Cast
Raja as Anand
Kamalinee Mukherjee as Roopa
Satya Krishnan as Anita
Anish Kuruvilla as Raju, Anand’s cousin
Anuj Gurwara as Rahul
Bakhita Francis as Samatha
Chandana Chakrabarti as Rahul’s mother
Gopichand Lagadapati as Ram
Gururaj Manepalli as Anand’s father
Shankar Melkote

Awards
The film was awarded with 6 Nandi Awards by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh in 2004.[18] The awards that were won are Best Film (Silver Nandi), Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Satya Krishnan), Best Child Artiste (Bakhita) and Best Female Dubbing Artist (Sunitha). It was also given the Best Film, Best Male Singer and Best Editing awards by a popular Telugu magazine, Santosham, in 2005.[26] The film was thoroughly applauded for its story and it went on to win the Best Family Story Film and Best New Music Director as an appreciation for the lovely soundtracks from the film.[27] At another prestigious award ceremony by MAA TV, a popular Telugu entertainment television channel, the film won the Best Director, Best Actress Debutant and Best Actress in a Supporting Role awards.[28] Stepping out of the stereotype, according to Kammula, seemed to be the formula for success of the film.

Soundtrack: Click here to listen.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. “Vachhe Vachhe” Shreya Ghoshal 4:37
2. “Yamunatheeram” Hariharan, K.S.Chithra 4:10
3. “Nuvvena Naa Nuvvena” Shreya Ghoshal, K.M. Radha Krishnan 4:54
4. “Charumati I Love You” Lucky Ali 4:09
5. “Telisi Telisi” Shreya Ghoshal 4:28
6. “Yedalo Ganam” Hariharan, K.S.Chithra 4:55

Info
Directed by: Sekhar Kammula
Written by: Sekhar Kammula
Starring: Raja, Kamalinee Mukherjee
Music by: K. M. Radha Krishnan
Cinematography: Vijay C Kumar
Edited by: Marthand K. Venkatesh
Production company: Amigos Creations & NFDC
Distributed by: Amigos Creations
Release date: 15 October 2004
Running time: 180 minutes
Country: India
Language: Telugu
Budget: ₹15 million (US$230,000)

Source: WikiPedia

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