Annaathe was released as a Deepavali treat for Rajnikanth’s fans, and Muthu, a silver jubilee hit in 1995, was also released on Deepavali 26 years ago. Muthu was considered a masala film at the time, which means it was a mash-up of several genres.
Annaathe, on the other hand, was primarily about Kaalaiyan’s (Rajnikanth’s) love for his sister, Thanga Meenatchi (Keerthy Suresh). Both siblings’ love was depicted in the most melodramatic way.
In fact, Thanga Meenatchi, a student in Kolkata, would travel by train every weekend to see her brother. In the film, their bonding is exemplified by their telepathic nonverbal cues and, of course, the background score.
This film reminded me of Rajnikanth’s earlier family-oriented films such as Muthu, Arunachalam, and Annamalai. The plots were not the same, but Thalaivar’s Annaathe had a similar feel to these films. The narrative was nothing peculiar, but it had a vast number of punch dialogues with intensely powerful messages.
At one point, even a semi-villain in the film, Prakash Raj, was shaken by Rajnikanth’s inspiring act of gesture not to jeopardise Prakash Raj’s respect. It demonstrated how much of Rajnikanth’s powerful dialogue and acts can inspire even the most evil character in the film.
Many people believe that this film has a storyline that is similar to Thirupachi. If you’ve watched Illayathalapathy Vijay’s Thirupachi, you’ll understand what all the fuss is about.
But nowadays, we see a lot of movies that have almost the same storyline with a few twists and turns in between. Thought-provoking films with good storylines, such as Soorarai Potru and Andhaghaaram, are few and far between, but that is what sets them apart from other commercial films.
Annaathe’s comedy scenes were definitely pretty funny. I’m not sure if anyone noticed Rajnikanth’s witty romance scene with Nayanthara, the Lady Superstar. Not only that, but Soori’s character in the film, “Pachaikili,” was a highlight because of the way Rajnikanth enunciates his name.
Watching Kushboo and Meena on the big screen would have empowered Thalaivar fans to relive some of Muthu and Annamalai’s most memorable scenes. They were both more on the comedy side of the film, but bringing them in was not like they were given an important role in the film.
The scenes after Kalaaiyan finally finds Thanga Meenachi were very Godly, and certain edits, such as the additions of the ‘Kalaaiyan’s shadow’ when Thanga Meenachi feels the presence of her brother, added value. It affirms that Thangga Meenachi will always be protected by her brother’s shadow-like shield.
Certain fans consider this film to be an overly emotional action film with too much “thangachi sentiment,” but Thalaivar’s appearance in the film as a hero is the film’s only redeeming factor. Meme creators have made numerous comparisons between certain scenes in movies and some melodramatic Indian serials.
To be honest, I don’t think this movie is all that bad, and it all depends on what kind of movie buff you are. If you are expecting a very distinctive storyline with narrative, this is not the film for you. However, if you’re looking for a normal movie that entertains you with a mix of sentiments, drama, comedy, and action, you should give it a shot.
I’d say it depends on individual preferences, and if you haven’t watched it yet, I recommend you do so because you might have a completely different opinion. But, overall, I also saw some scenes that lacked some logic, as every other Tamil film does at times, but it was a decent film after all.