Aanandi Review: Nikita Ghag came on the screen as ‘Anandi’, the shining coin of acting in the debut film itself | Entertainment Moviesda
Producer: Nikita Ghag
Director: Parthasarathy Manna
Writer: Anwar Ullah Khan and Parthasarathy Manna
Artists: Nikita Ghag, Brajesh Singh Yadav, Satyahari Mandal and Chitrali Das
Release: 24 March 2023
OTT: Disney plus hotstar
Aanandi Movie: Trailer
In the end of the film ‘Anandi,’ there is some interesting information. And Basti Mayong, around 40 kilometres from Guwahati, is regarded as the country of dark magic. It is heard that everyone who visits this place vanishes. Folklore tells of violent monsters being brought under control by the enchantment of this site. It is also stated that certain people here are familiar with dark magic that transforms humans into animals. This is also the gist of the short film ‘Anandi,’ which was just released on Disney Plus Hotstar. Nikita Ghag, a social media sensation and worldwide model, had her OTT debut with this film, and if her performance in this film is indication of her skill, she has all the makings to become a good actor and star of the big screen.
Amazing duet of artist and director
Nikita Ghag is also the producer of this film, so it is obvious that she must have liked this film based on folklore in its idea form. The film’s director Parthasarathy Manna, along with writer Anwar Ullah Khan, brought it to life first on paper and then on screen. Parthasarathy’s name has been a well-known name in the world of short films and ad films. A few years back, his name was in limelight even at the MAMI Film Festival. The film ‘Anandi’ is a beautiful example of how a capable actress and an enchanting director together can make an interesting film even on a small story. Nikita Ghag has also been saying that instead of making Hindi adaptations of foreign films or series, filmmakers in Mumbai should focus on Indian legends and folklore. Nikita has proved what she has said on his own.
Interesting story of dark nights
The story of the film ‘Anandi’ is so similar that in dark nights, a beautiful girl comes out on deserted roads. Neither her legs are bent nor does she look scary. On the contrary, she looks so beautiful that any ordinary person walking on the road gets fascinated by her. This is what she wants. She takes the man who is infatuated with her to an old mansion. After this she disappears by opening the door. And, she leaves the flowers, clothes and ornaments etc. decorated on the body one by one on the way. The lust of the young man who came with her was awakened by seeing her alone in the dark night, its consummation takes place where this young woman has done some tantra worship like Voodoo. As soon as the animal work kept in the basket is removed, this young man sees his sins committed in the past and…!
Black magic of Mayong
In the climax of the film, Anandi is seen surrounded by dozens of animals. Before that, the poster of the missing youth who came with him to the haveli is seen. Then the number of posters of missing youths on the wall keep increasing. And, at the same time the number of animals present in Anandi’s enclosure increases. Anandi then waits for the next mistake of every animal instinct to attack an innocent person, and she will bring him to her mansion by binding her in her form and make her another ‘guest’ of her yard. Complete information about Mayong, who is involved in this story, is also given at the end of the film.
Nikita Ghag’s brilliant OTT debut
Nikita Ghag, who was an international model in the role of Anandi, has done a wonderful performance. Nikita, who has shown her cool style on social media, has donned a very beautiful look of a Bengal beauty throughout the film. Dressed in a saree, sometimes with a conch shell, sometimes with a lamp and sometimes with incense, Anandi attracts attention whenever she appears on the screen. Her dialogue delivery is also very simple and easy. The kind of confidence that Nikita showed in the film itself, is definitely a sign of her bright future. If she gets good stories and good directors, then she can fill the vacant place of beautiful actresses like Smita Patil, Bipasha Basu and Priyanka Chopra in Hindi cinema, for whom beauty does not mean being fair or zero figure but being gentle, simple and comfortable.
Number one in art direction
Technically also the film ‘Anandi’ impresses. Especially its art direction and design. Tapan and his team have created the whole atmosphere of the film in such a way that the audience starts walking with them from the very first frame itself. The real witchcraft of the characters of any story is tied to the environment around them and in this case the film deserves praise. As a producer, Nikita has not made any kind of compromise with the budget etc. here too. Pramit Das has maintained a wonderful combination of light and shadow throughout the film’s cinematography from beginning to end. The duration of the film is also not much, so it can be called a ‘must watch’ film worth watching in any short break. There are also some weak links of the film such as its background music and some screws in its screenplay, although even after this the effect of the film does not decrease.
Rating : 3.5/5
Author: Sangeeta Verma
Occupation: Indian film critic and reviewer
Education: Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Masters in Mass Communication
Career: Sangeeta Verma started her career as a freelance writer and film critic and continuing it.