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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 ...
Ramani
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Selvam's lover
Revathy ...
Selvam's wife
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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 ...
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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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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Excellent movie
18 March 2006 | by (Philadelphia, United States) – See all my reviews

I think this is one of Mani's best films ever. Everything about it was astounding. Rehman's music - transported you to the period. Prakash Raj's acting was amazing, he's a class act in this one. Mohan Lal, needless to say was sparkling, some of his emotions, like when he says they expelled him for asking a question and in numerous other instances, were superb. Aish was great... and the accolades goes on.

Also the movie was remarkable for Mani's raw power / edge in showing a movie that so loosely piles incident upon incident, scene after scene - more like a real life documentary, and less like a feature film. Great experimenting and also great final product. Was enjoyed more by film scholars and film students, and not so much by the general public. In the end, it's just good to know that one of India's most successful commercial directors is also experimenting with new themes, new presentation styles, thereby pushing the frontiers of what can be done film-wise.


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