Monday, March 1, 2010

Anwar, on terrorism

Amal Neerad, Prithviraj and Prakashraj are coming together with Anwar, a film on terrorism

Amal Neerad, a product of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, had groomed himself as a cinematographer under none other than Ram Gopal Varma. He had worked as a cinematographer for James and Darna Zaroori Hai, before coming over to Malayalam as the cinematographer of Ranjith’s Black, with Mammootty in the lead. And then, Amal made his directorial debut, with Big B, in which Mammootty did the lead role and which was acclaimed as a film that was technically different. The next was Sagar Alias Jackie, with Mohanlal in the lead. And now, Amal is on to his third film as director, Anwar.

Anwar, which would be discussing terrorism and its impact on the common man, has Prithviraj doing the title role. Mamta Mohandas will be the heroine while national award winner Prakashraj and Lal will play key roles. Anwar is all about a war, waged by an individual against forces that want to brand him an outcast, forces that prove to be a threat to his life’s love. Anwar has much significance in today’s situation when terrorism, sectarian thoughts and such things have started making inroads into the social life in South Indian states.

The central character in the film is Anwar, a Muslim guy who lives in today’s Kerala. This character is played by Prithviraj. The other key characters in the film are Ayesha (played by Mamta Mohandas), who is a friend to Anwar, well-educated and sensitive to things happening around her, Babookka (played by Lal), who is a mentor, a father-figure to Anwar and last but not the least a tough, anti-terrorist cop (played by Prakashraj), who considers it his sole aim to wage an uncompromising battle against the menace of terrorism. How these characters find new dimensions and how lives are intertwined and destinies get out of control at certain stages in life form the film.
Anwar is produced by Raj Zacharias and features script by Amal Neerad, cinematography by Satheesh Kurup, music and background score by Gopi Sundar and editing by Vivek Harshan. It is learnt that the makers plan to release it in July.

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