Director: Shashank Udapurkar
Star Cast: Shashank Udapurkar, Tanishaa Mukerji, Govind Namdeo, Rajit Kapur, Sharat Saxena, Kishor Kadam
Anna is a biopic based on Kisan Baburao Hazare popularly known as Anna (Or the big brother) in Maharashtra. He is a soldier turned into activist who fought against corruption. Anna is known for his Gandhian principles which he followed in life from a young age. He woke up to a mass movement of the Jan Lokpal Bill which stood for revolution against corruption in 2011. This movement evoked a strong response from millions of people who stood up in support of Anna against corruption and mal practices in the government. The film is directed by Shashank Udapurkar who also plays the title role in the film.
Story: The film revolves around Anna (Shashank Udapurkar) who was a soldier and fought for the country. His rise as the activist who once again stood up for the corruption and mal practices that is going on in the country. The film starts with his childhood and his life in poverty, how he grows up to join the army and finally how he took up social work. Tanisha Mukerjee plays the role of a TV reporter in the film. How he retires from the army only to take up social work. He took it upon himself to clean the village. The film has some punches like "Ye Anna Nahi Aandhi Hai, Desh Ka Doosra Gandhi Hai” and “Kisan naam hai mera”, that stays with you even after the film is over. It traverses throughh the journey of how he was influenced by leaders like Mahtma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and Vinobha Bhave.
Performances: Actor turned director Shashank Udapurkar is too dramatic and over the top. His close resemblance to Anna Hazare is good but he could have performed subltlely. Tanisha Mukerji in a bit role is good. Govind Namdeo, Rajit Kapur, Sharat Saxena, Kishor Kadam who are in the supportive cast are brilliant in their roles.
Direction: The film begins on an interesting note but drags down in the second half. The director could have wrapped the film in two hours but it goes on to an extra twenty minutes in the second half. The film's music is loud and harsh and the songs do not help the film in any which ways. It is all about Anna's life however the director has tactfully avoided Kejriwal's involvement in Anna's life. The director has not done enough justice to a man of Anna's stature. His camera work is too tardy in many places.
Verdict: If you are an Anna fan this film is definitely going to disappoint you.