Anjaamai review: A tad too preachy and melodramatic

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By Haricharan Pudipeddi

Jun 06, 2024

SP Subburaman’s Anjaamai is releasing two days after the announcement of NEET UG results for 2024, amidst speculations that the paper was leaked and a demand of reexamination.

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Anjaamai is a well-intentioned story and raises some pertinent questions about entrance tests like NEET and how strenuous it becomes for both students and parents.

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As much as the film comes across as an attempt at noble thoughts, it gets way too preachy and melodramatic which makes it, at times, a tedious watch.

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Having said that, Anjaamai will remain an important film that boldly discusses the horrors of common entrance tests and the price people pay for them.

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Apart from Vidaarth, you get a memorable performance from Rahman, who plays a cop in the first half and a lawyer post-interval.

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It’s not a film you can outright reject, but it was immature. It needed a filmmaker who handled this subject with some sensitivity, instead of emotionally manipulating audiences.

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Some of the courtroom argument scenes are hard-hitting and as an audience, you nod in agreement with the points that are discussed.

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If not for the overly melodramatic scenes and amateurish writing, Anjaamai could have made a lasting impact. However, it’s a bold take on entrance exams like NEET.

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