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Times of India
: The film moves around a youth who is passionate about music and how a girl enters his life, eventually changing the course of his journey towards his ambition.
: Anumohan comes across as a handsome youth. With those big, bright eyes, a straight nose and measured spots of stubble, his face is a sure shot for any photo frame. This is precisely why it becomes so hard for the viewers to understand why he would let his pretty decent looks be mauled by a jarringly annoying wig he sports in his first film as a hero.
One probable explanation might be the fact that he plays a youth with a big heart for music. Equipped with a mini-leather bag, he could strike the right tones in any instrument in a matter of seconds. Musicians need not necessarily have to grow long hair to make their vocation look authentic.
Anumohan takes that risk by negating his nice looks with an ill-fitting wig which has strands jutting out like loose screws of a machine. Manu, the aspiring musician chances upon his love-interest on the web and thus opens the typical destiny-driven love story where the couples would come inches closer towards meeting, but would not recognize themselves.
It's not a bad story even with many cliches like lovers first fight, breed hatred and then drench their bitterness in honey-soaked love. The damage is done mostly by the way the characters speak.
It is reminiscent of epic dramas specially shaped out of Sanskrit classics where the characters have no choice but to mouth words that should be profound, scholarly and exceptionally weighty.
Hyderali who has scripted and directed the movie extracts a poetic verve out of his inner self and impregnates his characters with poetic words so that even when a character says he wants to meet someone, he wouldn't use simple Malayalam words, but ones that befit a saint.
Pianist is about destiny and music where two souls find themselves drawn to each other by music and love. This badly conceived film is fully crushed by strained filmmaking where some of the sequences repeat and some make for odd combinations of time and place. Anumohan deserved a better debut as hero, however he is completely wasted as a prodigiously talented musician and a lover.