Anand Annamalai is a screenwriter working in the Tamil film fraternity. He is best known for the movie, ‘
Kuttrame Thandanai’ and '
Kaaka Muttai.' 'Kuttrame Thandanai’ was released in 2016. It is a Tamil language neo-noir psychological crime thriller.
Annamalai has done a commendable job in co-writing this movie with director M. Manikandan. The plot of 'Kuttrame Thandanai’ revolves around a man who is slowly losing his eyes because of tunnel vision but does not have the money to fix his eyes.
When he witnesses the murder of a young woman, he is approached by the suspects, offering him large sums of hush money to not reveal their identities. He inadvertently gets stuck in a fix between the two parties. The dialogues are brilliantly well-written and the critics received them well.
The film got released on 2 September 2016, with positive critical appreciation. Several screenings at international film festivals followed. The screenwriting of ‘Kaaka Muttai’ has drawn much critical acclaim. ‘Kaaka Muttai’ was released in 2015.
It is a Tamil comedy-drama film, written directed and filmed by debutante M. Manikandan. Annamalai co-wrote this film with
Anand Kumaresan. The dialogues of this movie were praised for being smart and crisp, laden with intelligence and humor.
They are enjoyable and quite refreshing. Produced by Dhanush and Vetrimaaran, 'Kaaka Muttai’ has received much attention in international film festivals. The film shatters established stereotypes and is non-conformist in its way.
The linear story of the pursuit of pizza by two young brothers from the slums is masterfully scripted to transform it into a visual tale of one hundred and seven minutes that runs many layers deep. The dialogues are simply spot-on.
The main appeal of the picture is the non-judgmental tone of the narrative conveyed through dialogues, which comes out by not portraying the binary between the 'haves’ and the 'have-nots’ through a moral frame. Instead of resorting to the portrayal of the rich as villainous and the poor as meek victims, the economic divide is skillfully crafted, and ideas effectively conveyed without being ridiculously obvious.
The film is sans melodrama, artificiality or far-flung emotional scenes. The film rolls on smoothly but embedded with sub-texts which will surface when viewed through a different lens. Annamalai's style is unique. Humour is the warp and weft of his work, but that does not mean he is any less adept at serious writing. Tamil cinema has a lot to look forward to with young screenwriters such as Annamalai creating such distinct and refreshing work.