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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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Anand (Anandan)
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Tamil Selvam (Tamilzhchelvan) (as Prakashraj)
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Kalpana / Pushpa (as Aishwarya Rai)
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Ramani
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Selvam's lover
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Anna Durai (the party leader)
Madhoo ...
Special Appearance (Song "Narumugaiye") (as Madhubala)
Ravi ...
Ramani's manager
Rajesh ...
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Delhi Ganesh ...
Anandan's helper
Sunder Rajan ...
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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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When the movie was released, various political parties staged demonstrations to prevent theaters from showing the movie. Still the movie is regarded as one of Mani Ratnam's better works. See more »

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The Cinema Paradiso Of Indian Cinema
19 February 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Undoubtedly the best movie i have ever watched. Mani Ratnam, Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, A R Rahman & Santosh Sivan at their best. Mohanlals act in this film is a guide for all budding actors. The soundtrack of the film is amazing. Every shot of this masterpiece looks like picture postcards. Thanks to Santosh Sivan. I don't mind watching this film a hundred times. Iruvar is Aiswarya Rai's first film & its definitely her career best film. Mani Ratnam , Mohanlal & Rahman deserved national awards. Its a pity that they were not given national awards.Another thing which surprises me is that the movie was a flop, which is a wonder aspect of Tamil Cinema.


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