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Iruvar (1997)

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The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment.

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Mani Ratnam

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Cast

Cast overview:
Mohanlal ... Anand (Anandan)
Prakash Raj ... Tamil Selvam (Tamilzhchelvan) (as Prakashraj)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Kalpana / Pushpa (as Aishwarya Rai)
Gautami ... Ramani
Tabu ... Selvam's lover
Revathy ... Selvam's wife
Nassar ... Anna Durai (the party leader) (as Nasser)
Madhoo ... Special Appearance (Song "Narumugaiye") (as Madhubala)
Ravi Ravi ... Ramani's manager
Rajesh Rajesh ... Party functionary
Delhi Ganesh ... Anandan's helper
Sunder Rajan Sunder Rajan ... Police Commissioner
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Storyline

A struggling actor Anandam (Mohanlal) is befriended by up and coming grassroots leader and scriptwriter Tamilchelvam (Prakashraj). As Anandam grows in popularity, he becomes an important tool for the Tamilchelvam and his party in wooing the public. After the death of the party leader Annadurai (Nasser), both protagonists find themselves in candidacy for the top spot, the schism is inevitable. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil

Release Date:

14 January 1997 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Duetas See more »

Filming Locations:

Kerala, India See more »

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Production Co:

Madras Talkies See more »
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4:3
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The film was showcased in The Masters section at the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival. The film won the Best Film award at the Belgrade International Film Festival. See more »

Soundtracks

Kannai Kaatikollathey
Performed by Hariharan
Lyrics by Vairamuthu
Music by A.R. Rahman
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An experiment worth an experience...
1 September 2005 | by reachkalkiSee all my reviews

Iruvar is a kind of movie only Mani can make. It is an experimental work with almost true storyline, mellow music score and wonderful performances from the cast.

The movie might not be of interest and significance by the audience who aren't familiar with the political history of Tamilnadu. Before watching this piece, the viewer needs some knowledge about the relationships and friendships of Ex-CMs of Tamilnadu.

Mohanlal, Prakashraj and Aishwarya Rai are the main leads in this movie. Lal and Prakash have done their best. However talented actresses like Tabu and Revathi appear in few scenes and don't have much scope to show their acting skills. But this is one movie they would not have regretted acting in. The art direction, camera-work and costume design are excellent.

An outstanding experimental work though not a huge commercial success. A must see for the film institute students.


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