Aanandam (2016)

Aanandam is a coming-of-age movie looking at the various issues faced by the protagonists on a four day industrial visit.

After watching Pulimurugan we dropped off our aunt, uncle and grandmother at their home and left to Kurla to watch Aanandam. The movie with a new star cast was watched with several flashbacks in my own mind to my own industrial visit to Goa.

The movie looks at friendships, college romances and relationships, has some interesting history trivia and mostly has some decent advice on how to spend your college days. These are given from the various experiences that the protagonists have when they go on a four day industrial visit via Mysore, Hampi and Goa.

I enjoyed watching the movie because of being easily able to identify with various of the characters in the movie with the people I encountered whilst in college. The advice that some of the characters in the film give are some that I wish was given to me when I was in college.The English sub-titles the movie had on the screening was also good with helping in understanding some of the references in the jokes made in the movie, which was nice.

The advice includes not worrying too much but accepting that everyone is as confused when they were in college.It is the smaller joys like time one spends with friends, the learning experience and interacting with others that leaves us with memories in the long run. These are lessons we learn and the memories we cherish much longer than class lessons. One has to learn to enjoy life whilst taking on responsibilities. Else we will never know when our hairs turn grey and we’d have become too old to enjoy life.

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Pulimurugan (2016)

Pulimurugan is an action film starring Mohanlal and Kamalinee Mukherjee.

It’s been a long while since we went for a movie. We only had a wedding reception chalked in to attend in the evening and so had booked to watch Aanandam in the evening. When my aunt called to ask if we could catch Pulimurugan for the morning show, we decided to go after getting the wife’s assent.

Pulimurugan has two or three strand story. There is the story of the protagonist’s life, the story of the constant struggle between man and animal for land and the exploitation of the forest by miscreants big and small. The story interlaces all of these and their meeting points make the movie interesting for me.

The protagonist of the movie is a tiger hunter but he only hunts for man-eaters. This leads him to constant skirmishes with the law, which does not allow for the killing of tigers. The protagonist turns hunter because a man-eater kills his father when he is only a child. As an adult, the same protagonist admits that it is the humans who are the real trespassers and not the animal.

The protagonist’s innocence having lived in the forest his whole life leads him to break the law transporting forest produce (sandalwood and ganja) illegally from the forest. The miscreants treat him as an asset in their trade. The protagonist at one time admits that humans are worse enemies than animals in the forest.

The last thing that everyone I asked seems to have been going on about was the wonderful action scenes. The action scenes are beautifully choreographed and shot. There are some wonderful close calls that almost take your breathe away and have you at the edge of your seats.

All in all, I loved watching the film and would recommend that you watch it too.