Ananda Thandavam, a filmy version of a novel written by late Sujatha, has come out as a spectacular show with fine camera work (by Jeeva Shankar) that has captured the beauty of south Tamilnadu and the USA. Unfortunately, there is no much to rave about apart from the visual beauty.
A boy falls in love with a girl but she ditches him and gets married and goes to US. Fate brings the boy to US, where he meets another girl. However, the old love resurfaces and the rest of the movie deals with what happen to them.
Raghupathy (siddarth), a qualified engineer, is looking for a job and he visits his father Govindaraju (Kitti) who works with a project. Raghu comes across a mischievous and innocent girl Madhumita (Tamannah), daughter of the Chief Engineer and falls for her.
Madhu too loves him and her parents readily accept her choice. Raghu gets a job in Bangalore with the help of the CE. However, Raghu is in for a shock when he discovers that Madhu has been engaged to one RK from the US.
Shattered Raghu attempts suicide but he is saved by his father. He motivates him to come up in life and sends him to New York for higher studies. He meets the beautiful Rathna (Rukmini) in the USA. She falls for his simple and good nature but Raghu comes across Madhu and finds out that RK has been cheating her.
Meanwhile, Raghu gets close to Rathna and they decide to get engaged. But Madhu intervenes in the last minute with a horrible story which moves Raghu, who still loves Madhu deep down his heart. What happens to the love and the engagement?
Ananda Thandavam has a strong storyline but it doesn’t have a strong script to make it appealing on screen. Director Gandhikrishan, who has penned the screenplay, has failed to come up with a credible and engaging script to tell you an emotional and sensitive story. He has miserably failed in etching the characters, especially that of Madhu’s. the girl looks like premature girl. There is no justification for her love and betrayal. Everything seems to be bizarre and hence fails to appeal.
The first half moves on with some glamorous duets and irritating sequences. The second half, which is relatively better, too is quite predictable. The affair between rathna and Raghu, the problems of Madhu, and the villainy nature of RK are quite predictable and clichéd. The only saving grace is the supporting cast consisting Raghu’s father and Rathna’s grand parents. These characters make the proceedings watchable. Sujatha’s sharp dialogues are quite impressive.
Tamannah looks ravishingly beautiful and oozes sex appeal in songs. She has given a moderate performance. Newcomer Siddarth doesn’t look convincing in a role that demands depth and seriousness. Beautiful Rukmini carries her part with grace. Kitti as raghu’s father is impressive and Charlie in a serious character is convincing.
The cinematography is good while G.V. Prakash’s background score is found wanting in many areas though he has managed to give a couple of hummable tunes.
Poorly etched characters and disappointing script mar the impact of the story penned by late writer Sujatha. The film could have been a touching and emotional love story if only the director made the script and the characterization better.