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Andaman Movie Review: A Hard-Hitting Tale About Plight Of The Rural Community Amidst The Pandemic

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oi-Shreshtha Chaudhury

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Rating:


3.0
/5


Star
Cast:

Anand
Raaj,
Sanjay
Mishra,
Rajesh
Tailang,
Jay
Shankar
Panday,
Ambrish
Bobby,
Vishal
Agiran,
Amrita
Pal,
Anamica
Kadamb


Director:

Smita
Singh

Filmmaker
Smita
Singh’s
directorial
debut
film

Andaman

with
a
fresh
star
cast
is
a
remarkable
attempt
to
showcase
the
plight
and
ignorance
of
the
rural
community
in
India
during
the
onset
of
the
COVID-19
pandemic.
How
the
pandemic
created
a
sense
of
fear,
chaos
and
isolation
in
the
underdeveloped
villages
due
to
the
misinformed
population
forms
the
main
crux
of

Andaman
.
Apart
from
this,
the
movie
takes
a
brutal
satirical
approach
in
highlighting
the
caste
system,
lack
of
empathy
towards
the
female
member
of
the
household
and
the
infamous
tendency
of
people
to
rely
on
the
‘Whatsapp
University’ when
it
comes
to
information
about
the
pandemic.


What’s
Yay:

Riveting
concept
and
plot
as
well
as
the
realistic
performances


What’s
Nay:

The
pace
of
the
film
becomes
laborious
in
some
parts
along
with
some
unnecessary
subplots


Story

Abhimanyu
Pratap
(Anand
Raaj)
is
far
away
from
his
dream
to
become
an
IAS
officer
that
has
made
him
reach
a
low
point
in
his
life
with
his
parents’
expectations
in
shambles
and
the
love
of
his
life
leaving
him.
However,
he
faces
another
major
obstacle
after
he
is
appointed
as
a
Panchayat
Secretary
in
the
village
of
Bhulapur.
He
finds
himself
in
knee-deep
water
after
he’s
made
a
quarantine
in
charge
of
the
village.
The
secretary
soon
realises
that
he
has
to
deal
with
the
lack
of
basic
amenities,
ill-informed
COVID-patients
and
some
shrewd
politics
and
intimidation
from
the
people
in
power.

Andaman-Movie


Direction

Debutante
filmmaker
Smita
Singh
has
curated
a
riveting
subject
of
the
rural
community
being
misinformed
and
mindlessly
fearful
of
the
ill
effects
of
COVID-19.
The
movie’s
subplots
highlighting
the
caste
discrimination,
meagre
administrative
system,
gender
inequality
and
misuse
of
power
from
the
elites
come
out
intricately
as
the
plot
progresses.
The
writing
by
Anand
Raaj
brings
out
the
subtle
nuances
of
a
government
employee’s
battle
against
the
system
and
his
quest
to
uplift
the
plight
of
an
underdeveloped
village.
From
the
COVID-19
patients
thinking
they’ll
be
killed
on
being
tested
positive
to
the
upper
caste
population
refusing
to
share
the
quarantine
centre
with
the
lower
caste
and
a
woman
of
the
household
who’s
left
to
tend
to
all
the
chores
alone
along
with
her
online
teaching
as
her
husband
and
brother-in-law
are
too
busy
with
playing
Ludo
and
Pub-G
online,
the
narrative
of
Andaman
satirically
deals
with
these
sub-stories
efficiently.

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However,
Andaman’s
plot
picks
up
a
quicker
and
a
lot
smoother
pace
in
its
second
half.
The
first
half
of
the
movie
comes
across
as
one
tone
and
more
focused
on
establishing
the
scenario
laboriously
in
some
parts.
One
of
the
subplots
from
the
movie
revolving
around
a
couple’s
adulterous
married
life
does
not
add
to
the
plotline
significantly
and
could’ve
been
wrapped
up
quickly.

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Performances

Anand
Raaj
successfully
emerges
as
the
main
anchor
of
the
movie
with
his
subtle
yet
powerful
act.
His
poker
face
and
calm
demeanour
in
the
face
of
a
storm
yet
dealing
with
several
inhibitions
in
his
mind
is
portrayed
beautifully
by
Raaj.
His
performance
may
remind
one
of
Ayushmann
Khurrana
in

Article
15
,
Rajkumar
Rao
in

Newton

or
Vidya
Balan
in

Sherni.

Jay
Shankar
Panday
delivers
an
emotionally
wrenching
performance
as
the
suppressed
chief
of
the
village.
He
particularly
nails
the
scene
wherein
he
narrates
his
character’s
tumultuous
story
of
losing
his
infant
daughter
for
not
taking
her
to
the
hospital
in
time
as
the
village
lacks
a
proper
bridge
to
the
main
city.
Vishal
Agiran,
Ambrish
Bobby
and
Amrita
Pal’s
performances
are
endearing
to
behold
even
though
their
storyline
didn’t
act
as
a
huge
catalyst
to
take
the
story
forward.
Sanjay
Mishra
and
Rajesh
Tailang
are
inevitably
realistic
in
their
brief
stints
in
the
movie.


Technical
Aspects

The
cinematography
by
Indrajeet
Singh
and
Surinder
Rawat
captures
the
rustic
beauty
as
well
as
the
grim
undertones
of
Uttar
Pradesh.
The
camera
work
looks
slightly
patchy
in
some
scenes.
The
music
by
Rishabh
Panchal
and
Firoz
Khan
takes
the
storyline
forward
convincingly.


Verdict

Anand
Raaj’s
writing
and
portrayal
of
the
lead
protagonist
add
a
great
impact.
We
give

Andaman

3
out
5
stars.

Story first published: Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 17:10 [IST]


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