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The Duo (1997)
"Iruvar" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  14 January 1997 (India)
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Mani Rathnam's take on the real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi.

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Cast overview:
Mohanlal ...
Anand (Anandan)
Prakash Raj ...
Tamil Selvam (Tamilzhchelvan) (as Prakashraj)
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Kalpana / Pushpa (as Aishwarya Rai)
Gautami ...
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Selvam's lover
Revathy ...
Selvam's wife
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Anna Durai (the party leader)
Madhoo ...
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Ravi ...
Ramani's manager
Rajesh ...
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Delhi Ganesh ...
Anandan's helper
Sunder Rajan ...
Police Commissioner
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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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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 »

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Probably the best non-hollywood movie ever...
2 January 2003 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Anandan is a very aspiring and talented stage-actor. He dreams of making it big in films and approaches various sources. Luck favors eventually and he notches up with a director and meets Tami Chelvan who happens to be a writer and an atheist. They both become the thickest of friends. Anandan meets huge success and Tami Chelvan uses his popularity to make in-roads in his political career.

Ego clashes erupt subsequently and Anandan overthrows Tami Chelvan from power. It is a beautiful drama of two friends and their ego. Photography, Score and Direction are commendable.

I really recommend this to connoiseurs of quality films


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