'Anna Bond' (Kannada)
Director - Soori
Cast - Puneeth Rajakumar, Priyamani, Nidhi Subbaiah, Jackie Shroff
After ‘Jackie’, director Soori and Puneeth Rajkumar combo strikes back with ‘Anna Bond’. This film is filled with powerful action, good screenplay and crisp dialogues with lesser importance given to the storyline. It is indeed another masala flick in which Puneeth makes his presence felt in almost every frame with his bulky body and eye-popping action sequences.
Enormous credit goes to the hero, who has lived up to the Power Star tag in this partial drama and more of an action packed film. Soori has attempted to inject relevant social elements in this film too. The director has explored the idea of good versus bad. When bad things have happened to the good guy, the good guy does not allow the bad guy to die easily. He makes sure the villain has a ‘bloody’ end.
The film revolves around Karate expert, Bond Ravi (Puneeth Rajkumar) working in a medical camp that is run by Singapore Charappa, and falls for Meera’s (Priyamani) charm. Meera, who is making a documentary film, is accompanied by her friend, Divya (Nidhi Subbaiah). Their love soon blossoms when Meera tells Ravi to do something big in life.
Taking Meera’s advice, Ravi leaves the village with his friend, Chapati Babu (Rangayana Raghu) who accidently ends up in a forest, where he meets Major Chandrakanth (Avinash) a former army officer, who happens to be Meera’s father. In a shoot out at this place, Bond Ravi encounters Charlie (Jackie Shroff), a drug mafia, who is looking for his daughter. As always, good triumphs over evil.
Priyamani has done justice to her role though the actress didn’t have much to do. Nidhi Subbaiah doesn’t have anything much to do either. Rangayana Raghu, like in his other films, has won hearts with his superb dialogue delivery. Jackie Shroff, as Charlie, looks too old and does not add any punch to his role.
Soori has managed to balance comedy and love with good screenplay in the first half of ‘Anna Bond’. But, he could not hold the grip in the second half. Director has concentrated more on the technical aspects of the film, especially in the action sequences. Sathya Hegde has done a fine job with cinematography while V Harikrishna’s music offers some peppy tunes and a lot of melody. Puneeth’s childhood song, ‘Kaanadhante Maayavadhanu’ has been relived with a good re-mix and well sung by the star. Imran Sardaria’s choreography too is admirable.