Annakodi (2013)
Movie: Annakodi (U/A) [Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum]
Cast: Lakshman Narayanan, Karthika , Meenal, Manoj Bharathiraja, Roja, Renuka
Director: Bharathiraja
Producer: Manoj Creations
Banner: Manoj Creations
Music: G.V. Prakash
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 146 Mins
Release Date : 28 Jun 2013

Annakodi (2013)

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Bharathiraja has chosen his protégé Radha’s daughter, Karthika Nair of Ko fame to play the titular role of Annakodi in the film. Debutant Lakshman Narayan plays the male lead as Kodiveeran, incidentally the film was initially titled Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum and later shortened to just Annakodi. The film also features director Bharatiraja’s son Manoj Bharathiraja, in the role of Sadayan , the lead antagonist. The film is produced by Bharathiraja himself and is distributed by their home banner, Manoj Creations.

Bharathiraja is known for his ‘manvaasanai’ movies and he loves to tell stories fresh out of the villages of Tamil Nadu, known for their innocence and earthy fragrance. And now almost 5 years later, this National Award winning director is back with what he does best, a village centric love story, Annakodi. Annakodi is another such typical Bharathiraja movie set in a bygone era and primarily around 3 villages – Kaariyaapatti, Uralpatti and Kidaripatti, and the movie has all the elements that you would associate with a rural potboiler.

Story
Poignant, beautiful love stories set in villages are Bharathiraja’s forte and Annakodi too is one such tale. Kodiveeran, a goatherd, meets and falls in love with the neighboring village belle, Annakodi. Sadayan is the son of the village moneylender, who confiscates people’s houses and land and also carries away their women, claiming them to be the interest for the money borrowed.

Sadayan too is attracted to the beautiful Annakodi, who thwarts his advances and insults him at every opportunity. Meanwhile love blossoms between Kodiveeran and Annakodi and encouraged by her love, Kodiveeran, who is a son of a shoemaker belonging to a lower caste compels his father, to ask for her hand in marriage.

Annakodi’s mother is enraged by their insolence, as they belong to a much higher caste, and disgraces them. The villagers beat up the father and son and hand them over to the local police, who are in cohorts with Sadayan. Kodiveeran is now booked for a theft he did not commit and sent to jail.

Unfortunately while he is jail, Annakodi’s mother meets with her death in an accident and leaves her daughter at the mercy of Sadayan, from whom she has borrowed a lot of money. With Kodiveeran in jail, and her mother dead, and no support from the villagers, Annakodi is forced to marry Sadayan.

So what happens to these poor helpless lovers separated by not only by caste and creed barriers, but also by cold and heartless humans. Are they destined to live without each other or does fate intervene and they have a happy ending, is what forms the rest of the story.

Annakodi (2013), 4.3 out of 10 based on 376 ratings

2 Comments

  1. Behindwoods
    June 28, 2013, 11:14 pm

    Melodramatic rural flick

    The setting and characters have more than a mere resemblance to the director’s debut classic ’16 Vayathinile’ and the characters played by Karthika Nair and Manoj Bharathi are pretty similar to the ones played by Sridevi and Rajini in the earlier movie. Even the heroine’s mother reminds you of Sridevi’s mother (played by Kanthimathi).

    Karthika plays the bold and beautiful Annakodi well and wins our sympathy in the second half when she is subjected to a lot of pain. Her urban body language hasn’t hampered her performance and that is a credit to her. Manoj Bharathi exhibits guts to play such a role, which an established actor would hesitate to take up. His shrill voice and expressions are apt for this role and the little song that he keeps singing to eulogize himself is catchy.

    Hero Lakshman brings out the innocence and youthful nature of his character but he needs to do a lot of work to expand his repertoire of expressions.

    The village milieu has been brought out authentically as always by Bharathiraja and most of the characters seem to have been hand-picked straight from the villages of the state. G V Prakash’s songs are the single biggest highlight of the flick but the positioning of some of the songs makes you raise your brows. Sabesh – Murali take credit for the background score of the movie.

    Bharathiraja has always been known as one director who breaks norms and doesn’t hesitate to show something bold on screen and a few thoughts and scenes in the second half are in line with the director’s gutsy reputation. On a lighter note, we see a lot of scenes where fingers are chewed, either Karthika’s or Lakshman’s.

    To sum up, this melodramatic movie doesn’t have a new story to tell and the closing message about love being beyond all such issues like caste, creed and religion is again a really dated thought. Annakodi might probably impact a few of the village-folk what with the high drama in the second half.

  2. Rediff
    June 28, 2013, 11:46 pm

    Annakodi is a disappointment, lacks depth and fails to ignite the passion for emotionally compelling love story

    Bharathiraja’s films are known for their soulful music and beautiful lyrics. With GV Prakash composing for the film and legendary Vairamuthu and Gangai Amaran as lyric writers, Annakodi does have some beautiful melodies that capture the essence of the rural setting, creating the perfect atmosphere.

    It is well known that Bharathiraja prefers to work with unknown faces, molding and transforming them into wonderful actors. Karthika Nair looks very pretty sans makeup, she reminds us of the young Radha. Karthika has been given a meaty role and does full justice to her role. The rest of the cast also have performed adequately, Manoj Bharatiraja clocks in more minutes than Lakshman Narayan and though not very impressive, he definitely has done his bit.

    The second half of Bharatiraja’s Annakodi has a lot of twists and turns. There is a surprise element, lots of violence, sentiments, and of course death and somehow amidst all this, all the love and romance in the film is lost. Most of the tender moments between Annakodi and Kodiveeran is depicted in the form of flashbacks and lacks depth, failing to ignite the passion needed for such an emotionally compelling story. It certainly does not do credit to this master storyteller.

    Though the film unfolds at a decent pace and has lots of elements, Bharathiraja fails to bring out the pathos needed to engage and involve the audience.

    After giving hit after hit for almost three decades, besides being recognized at the national level, certainly more was expected from someone who has given us a Muthal Mariyathai and 16 Vayathinile.

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