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Anjali (1990)

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Chitra, her husband, Shekar, and two children, Arjun and Anu live in a rural area in India. When Chitra is expecting her third child, she is taken on a stormy night to a hospital where she ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Revathy ...
Chitra (as Revathi)
Raghuvaran ...
Shekar
Prabhu ...
Ex-Convict
Saranya Ponvannan ...
Child Psychiatrist (as Charaniya)
Shanti Priya ...
(as Nishanthi)
Arun
Shruthi
Shamili ...
Anjali (as Shamli)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tarun ...
(as Master Tarun)
Ramaswamy V.K
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Chitra, her husband, Shekar, and two children, Arjun and Anu live in a rural area in India. When Chitra is expecting her third child, she is taken on a stormy night to a hospital where she is informed that her child, a girl, has been stillborn. Shortly thereafter the family re-locates to a flat in the city where Shekar works as an Architect at a construction site. Two years later, Chitra starts suspecting Shekar of having an extra-marital affair. When confronted, Shekar is at first elusive, then finally admits that Chitra did give birth to a brain-damaged child, who he left at the care of the hospital. Chitra brings the child home, much to the chagrin of Arjun and Anu, and other neighborhood kids. To make matters more complicated, Shekar witnesses the murder of a Police Inspector, and comes forward to testify, knowing fully well that the killer as well as the Police Department would like to close this file as a suicide. Watch what happens when things snow-ball out of control as Shekar... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Vaanam Namakku
Written by: Vaali
Produced by: Ilayaraja
Performed by: Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Bhavatharani R., Premgi Amaren, Venkat Prabhu, Hari Bhaskar and Parthi Bhaskar
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Poetically Retarded.
25 June 2002 | by (Chennai, India.) – See all my reviews

Its a film about kids and within them a mentally retarded kid. And it is Mani's version. If you like kids then you would like this movie. There were talks about the weak script. May be. And the finest part is the mentally retarded kid Shamili. Showing a really tough and pathetic life of a mentally retarded kid would be a realistic movie. But it needs lot of stress to reach common cinema going audience. Mani did it with his touch of perfection and poetic sense and a bit of reality. Out of all other E.T. stuff the thing that strikes the viewer is 'Shamili', the mentally retarded kid. I wonder how could he made shamili, then a small kid (just 3 yrs old), to act like a mentally retarded kid. And another maestro (who made me a fanatic about the songs of this movie when it was released) played his perfect role apt for this movie, is Ilayaraja. It came in 1990, the year dedicated for mentally retarded children. Good movie. You will enjoy it I bet.


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