8.6/10
3,622
21 user 4 critic
The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment.

Director:

Mani Ratnam

Writers:

Mani Ratnam (screenplay), Mani Ratnam (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Trending Tamil Movies #12 | 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Mouna Ragam (1986)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Divya, a woman grieving over the death of her lover, is convinced into an arranged marriage with Chandra Kumar. Over a year the couple attempt to adjust to each other's presence and live with each other.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Karthik, Mohan, V.K. Ramasamy
Alai Payuthey (2000)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

After a difficult romance in a class-divided society, the love birds find out marriage is not what they thought it would be.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Madhavan, Shalini, Swarnamalya
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Madhavan, Simran, Keerthana Parthiepan
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An Inspector is assigned to track down a large sum of stolen money. His investigations lead him to a couple of small time crooks, a village belle, a murder, an absconding suspect, and an international drug dealer.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Prashanth, Anand, Heera Rajgopal
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Three men and their accidental meeting on Napier Bridge will change their lives forever.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Suriya, Madhavan, Siddharth
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Two men having the same father , but different mothers hate each other and often get into fights. But they are forced to join hands when their father's life is endangered.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Karthik, Prabhu, Vijayakumar
Thalapathi (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

An orphan named Surya raised in a slum befriends a good crime boss named Devaraj and works for him. Their existence is threatened when a new honest district collector arrives.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Shobana
Bombay (1995)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala, Nassar
Roja (1992)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A woman from a village in Tamil Nadu marries a sophisticated city dweller and moves with him to Kashmir, where all is rosy - until he gets kidnapped by militants.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Arvind Swamy, Madhoo, Pankaj Kapur
Raavanan (2010)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A bandit leader kidnaps the wife of the policeman who killed his sister, but later falls in love with her.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Prithviraj Sukumaran
Nayakan (1987)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

A common man's struggles against a corrupt police force put him on the wrong side of the law. He becomes a don, who is loved and respected by many, but his growing power and influence exact a heavy toll.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Saranya Ponvannan, Delhi Ganesh
Thevar Magan (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family.

Director: Bharathan
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Shivaji Ganesan, Nassar
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Mohanlal ... Anand (Anandan)
Prakash Raj ... Tamil Selvam (Tamilzhchelvan) (as Prakashraj)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Kalpana / Pushpa (as Aishwarya Rai)
Gautami ... Ramani
Tabu ... Selvam's lover
Revathy ... Selvam's wife
Nassar ... Anna Durai (the party leader) (as Nasser)
Madhoo ... Special Appearance (Song "Narumugaiye") (as Madhubala)
Ravi Ravi ... Ramani's manager
Rajesh Rajesh ... Party functionary
Delhi Ganesh ... Anandan's helper
Sunder Rajan Sunder Rajan ... Police Commissioner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Umakant Rai Umakant Rai
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

India

Language:

Tamil

Release Date:

14 January 1997 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Iddaru See more »

Filming Locations:

Kerala, India See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Madras Talkies See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Madhavan auditioned for the role of Tamil Selvam. He didn't get the part since he was too young for the role. But Maniratnam was impressed with his work and hence offered him the lead role in Alaipayudhe (2000), which is the debut film of Madhavan. See more »

Soundtracks

Kannai Kaatikollathey
Performed by Hariharan
Lyrics by Vairamuthu
Music by A.R. Rahman
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Best Indian Movie Ever!
4 October 2006 | by sububalanSee all my reviews

I have seen this movie about 10 times in the last 5 years. One of the most inspiring movie ever made in Indian movie history. The best part which sets this movie apart is the fact that it is in Tamil and about two of the greatest pioneers of Tamil Nadu, yet it is unbiased and brings out the psyche of two of the greatest minds of Tamil Nadu. Although the movie claims that it is not a true story (in the very first scene), it is intuitive to anybody who lived or are aware of the golden age of Tamil Nadu.

Mohanlal and Prakash Rai play Anandan and Tamizh Chelvan respectively. Impeccable performances by them portraying the real life characters. Every bit of this movie says that it is a classic and this will only be realized in years to come. The film showcases the kind of films Maniratnam is capable of making. A.R.Rahman's music will haunt the ears of the viewers.

This movie was not appreciated by the movie goers in India as it was a little too slow. There are no racy songs, unwanted characters or unrealistic scenes to woo the viewers. Suhasini Maniratnam's dialogues in Tamil takes this movie to a pedestal where only the connoisseurs can admire. A very straight forward approach by the best film-maker in India.

Arvind Swami lends his masculine voice to Vairamuthu's verses to bring out the intensity in the scenes that show Thamizh Chelvan's prowess as a poet.

On the whole, a wonderful movie to have in your DVD rack. A classic that will only reveal itself in the years to come.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Top Rated and Trending Indian Movies

Check out the Indian movies with the highest ratings from IMDb users, as well as the movies that are trending in real time.

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed