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The Terrorist -- A young female terrorist goes on a suicide assassination mission, but her resolve to complete it is put to the test.


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  (in credits order)

Ayesha Dharker ... Malli
K. Krishna ... Lover
Sonu Sisupal ... Leader
Vishwas ... Lotus
Anuradha ... Sumitra
Bhavani ... Old Lady
Parmeshwaran ... Vasu
Gopal ... Gopal
Saravana ... Traitor
Anna Durai ... Photographer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bhanu Prakash ... Perumal
Shyam Sunder ... Army Officer

Vishnuvardhan ... Thyagu (as Vishnu Vardhan)

Directed by
Santosh Sivan 
Writing credits
Santosh Sivan (story)

Santosh Sivan (screenplay) &
Ravi Deshpande (screenplay) &
Vijay Deveshwar (screenplay)

C.K. Raajaa Chandra Sekar  dialogue

Produced by
Mark Burton .... executive producer
Sunil Doshi .... executive producer
Abhijat Joshi .... producer (as Jit Joshi)
Chintu B. Mohapatra .... line producer (as Chintu Mohapatra)
A. Sreekar Prasad .... producer
Shree Prasad .... producer
Ravi .... executive producer
Vikram Singh .... executive producer
A. Sriram .... producer
Original Music by
Sonu Sisupal 
Cinematography by
Santosh Sivan 
Film Editing by
A. Sreekar Prasad  (as Sreekar Prasad)
Production Design by
Shyam Sunder 
Shyam Sunder 
Art Direction by
Sethu Sriram  (as Sriram. S)
Costume Design by
Anuradha  (as Anu Radha)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shyam Sunder .... assistant director
Sound Department
Subas Gujarathi .... sound designer
G. Siva Kumar .... sound mixer (as G. Shiva Kumar)
Other crew
Gregory Hatanaka .... distribution consultant
P.S. Sreenivas .... production executive

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Also Known As:
"Theeviravaathi: The Terrorist" - India (original title)
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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Malli (1998)See more »


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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Amazing teaching tool, 30 September 2005
Author: Cliff Sloane ( from Seattle, WA

I just finished teaching a course in northern Thailand called "Understanding Cultures Through Cinema." This movie was the favorite of the class (and I had some great titles in there!). The students were very moved by the movie, and wrote great papers in response. This short line is my favorite example: "I liked (reviewer) because (that reviewer) doesn't say whether a terrorist who wanted to sacrifice her life was right or wrong. When your country is controlled by others, you want to have freedom." And this from a young sophomore who loves romantic comedies! Talk about a breakthrough!!! Culturally, the students tuned in to some important aspects that don't get noticed: Malli sharing meals with Mr. Vasu, the important moral role played by Lotus/Sorya, and the visual irony of the belt. I gave them a study guide question: How would YOU end this movie? The answers were poignant, and of course, they all mentioned the prevailing motif (which I won't mention here because that would be a spoiler, yes?).

When I first saw this movie, I gave it 9. After seeing it several times since, and especially seeing the reaction of my Thai students, I gladly raise it to 10. This is one of my top ten movies of all time.

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