‘ANANYA’ (MARATHI) REVIEW | 22 July, 2022

Everest Entertainment, Dreamweaver Entertainment and Ravi Jadhav Films’ Ananya (Marathi; UA) is the story of a girl whose fiancé leaves her when she loses both her hands in an accident.

Ananya Deshmukh (Hruta Durgule) lives with her father and brother. She is studying to be a Chartered Accountant. She is engaged to be married to Shekhar Sarpotdar (Chetan Chitnis). One day, Shekhar takes Ananya pillion on her bicycle. They meet with an accident in which Ananya loses both her arms. Shekhar calls off the marriage but he returns when she becomes a CA. However, it is now Ananya’s turn to reject his proposal. Meanwhile, another man, Jay Dixit (Amey Wagh), enters Ananya’s life. Does Ananya marry Jay?

Pratap Phad has written a story which is depressing in the first half. His screenplay offers no answers to questions like why Jay wants to marry Ananya, or why Shekhar has a change of heart? Although the drama has some emotions, romance and light moments too, it does not ring true. Pratap Phad’s dialogues are good.

Hruta Durgule looks pretty and performs ably in her debut role as Ananya. Amey Wagh is alright as Jay Dixit. Chetan Chitnis is fair in the role of Shekhar Sarpotdar. Yogesh Soman lends good support as Ananya’s father. Suvrat Joshi is okay in the role of Ananya’s brother. Rucha Apte (as Ananya’s friend, Priyanka), Sunil Abhyankar (as Ananya’s neighbour, Nikam) and Renuka Daftardar (as Nikam’s wife, Rama) provide average support.

Pratap Phad’s direction is ordinary. Samir Saptiskar’s music and Abhishek Khamkar’s lyrics are fair. Phulwa Khamkar’s choreography is so-so. Camerawork (by Arjun Sorte) is nice. Siddharth Tatooskar’s production designing is alright. Abhijeet Deshpande’s editing is quite sharp.

On the whole, Ananya is too ordinary to make a mark at the box-office.

Released on 22-7-’22 at Plaza (daily 1 show) and other cinemas of Bombay thru PVR Pictures Ltd. Publicity: good. Opening: weak.