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Anniyan (2005)

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A disillusioned everyman, frustrated with the corruption he sees all around him, develops multiple personalities in order to restore justice.

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Ambi / Remo / Anniyan (as 'Chiyaan' Vikram)
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House Owner
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The Person Who Stops His New Car
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Break Company Owner
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Wastrel
Sriranjani ...
Nandhini's mother
Mohan Vaidya ...
Krishna Iyengar
Shanmugha Rajan ...
Chockalingam
Amarasigamani ...
Police
Shanthi Williams ...
Ambi's Mother
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Raju Sundaram ...
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Ambi is a meek lawyer, who wishes to change the society. But, because of his oft-repeated concern, people don't take him seriously. Besides, Nandini, the girl whom he loves, also rejects her because of this. This makes Ambi shattered, not before he encounters a website Aparichit.com, visiting which creates an alter ego inside Ambi's mind. For the girl he loves, he becomes a supermodel named Remo, and for the entire nation, to reform it, he becomes a vigilante named Aparichit, who not only teaches people the importance of following the rules, but also punishes them if they don't follow. Written by Prashast Singh

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INR 280,000,000 (estimated)
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Yana Gupta: The famous Czech-Indian model makes a cameo appearance in a song. See more »

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Ambi, who always talks so much about rules, doesn't wear a helmet. See more »

Quotes

Ramanujam 'Ambi' Iyengar: [as anniyan, to Chockalingham] Chicken-65 for the Minister? I want Chocken-65!
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The film's title in the film is shown as Aparichit - The Stranger. See more »

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References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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Kannum Kannum Nokia
Written by: Kabilan
Produced by: Harris Jayaraj
Performed by: Andrea Jeremiah, Leslie Lewis and Vasundhara Das
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An insult to the movie industry
27 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I can't believe I'm writing a review for a movie this bad. I know better than to expect good movies from the Tamil film industry these days, but this one came as a shocker nevertheless. I don't remember the last half-decent movie I saw that came from home - probably Autograph. It's a shame: the same industry that produced Kadhalikka Neramillai, Nayagan, Mouna Ragam...but I digress.

What hurts me most is hypocrisy in such *message* movies. I will eat the humble pie if anything changes in India after Shankar makes a million of these movies a million times over. Anniyan was just a fool-proof formula masquerading as a film that had a social message. Try telling someone else that Shankar cares about anything except for the commercial success of his movies.

And for heaven's sake, why can't we be original? There's one very interesting forum topic here that's discussing the number of English movies this was a rip-off from. I'm sure the quiz-masters are getting their notepads ready for a mega question: play a couple of scenes and then ask the contestants to name all the original movies that 'inspired' those scenes.

Don't even let me get started on the song lyrics... Now that I've berated it enough, let me explain why I gave it the three stars that I did. Song visualisations. Vivek's comedy (a *big* saving grace - 2 stars).

I'm not going to ask you not to watch it. You are either going to think I'm stupid, or that I watch only Bergman, Fellini, Renoir and Eisenstein to be saying such ridiculous things. So, go ahead by all means. And God bless our country if such movies are going to change it.


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