Antony is the only son of a school teacher. According to his father, Antony is a failure. Antony's life gets a new meaning after meeting Sanjana, the love of his life. However, life has some other plans for him.
Review: Debut director Prince Joy's fantasy drama Anugraheethan Antony takes a look at the intricacies and unexpected nature of life and relationships. The story happens in a village where Antony, played by Sunny Wayne, lives with his father, enacted by Siddique. A lazy and aimless youth, nobody in the village, except his friends, has a good opinion about him. As his father believes Antony is a good-for-nothing person, he buys two dogs and raises them as his children. The whole scenario irks Antony. The rest of the movie is about how his life changes.
The movie adopts a fantasy cum real-life narrative. Writer Naveen T Manilal uses a blend of sentiments and comedy to give life to the narrative. The comedy works to some degree, especially the parts where Suraj Venjaramoodu and Baiju appear. They excel in their limited screen space. Siddique is also good.
Sunny Wayne, who plays the lead role, has evolved as an actor and excels as the happy-go-lucky guy. However, he could have improved some of the emotional sequences. 96-fame Gouri Kishan delivers a sweet and impactful performance as Sanjana. The movie also has Indrans, Muthumani, Jaffar Idukki and Manikandan in prominent roles. Besides the humans, the flow of the movie is deeply indebted to the performance of Roni, a dog that plays a key role. The movie, at times, speaks from his perspective, exploring the canine-human friendship.
Another interesting feature of the movie is its picturesque locale. Except for one exaggerated sequence, cinematographer Selvakumar S. beautifully captures the beauty of the village and the characters. The songs by Manu Manjith and music by Arun Muraleedharan enhance the story.
As a debut director, Prince has scored well. It is a fact that a movie like this has to strike an emotional chord with the audience. But, looks like the emotional side supersedes the other aspects. The writer and director could have utilised the scope of comedy a little more. If so, Anugraheethan Antony could have been a little more relaxing viewing experience.
CastSunny Wayne, Gouri G Kishan, Saiju Kurup, Indrans