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Anbe Sivam (2003)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 14 January 2003 (India)
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Two men, one young and arrogant, the other damaged - physically but not spiritually - by life, are thrown together by circumstances, and find that they are in some ways bound together by fate.

Director:

Sundar C.

Writers:

Kamal Haasan (screenplay), Madan (dialogue) (as Madhan)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kamal Haasan ... Nallasivam
Madhavan ... Anbarasu (A Aras)
Kiran Rathod ... Balasaraswathi
Nassar ... Kandasamy Padayachi (as Nasser)
Santhana Bharathi Santhana Bharathi ... Kandasamy assistant
Uma Riyaz Khan ... Mehrunnissa
Yugi Sethu ... Uthaman
Ilavarasu ... Inspector
Balu Anand Balu Anand ... Ticket checker
Seema ... Bala Mother
R.S. Shivaji ... Station Master
Laxmi Rattan Laxmi Rattan ... Anbarasu Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chelladurai Chelladurai
Hillaary Hillaary
Jacob Jacob
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Storyline

Nallasivam (Kamal Haasan) and Anbarasu (Madhavan) are drawn together by the strings of fate after they come into contact at the Bhuvaneshwar airport. Anbarasu is an advertisement director, while Nallasivam is a trade unionist. Fate entwines their travel plans, and they end up travelling to Chennai together. In the course of their journey, Anbarasu, born with a golden spoon, is touched by the realities of the sufferings of a normal human being when he witnesses the dead and the injured during a train accident, and he volunteers to donate his blood, which is of a very rare group, despite his fear of blood. The flashback of Nallasivam is recounted during one of their journeys. Nallasivam is a communist trade unionist, who fights for higher wages for his comrades. By chance, he falls in love with the daughter Bala (Kiran) of a rich industrialist, Bala's father, Padaiyacchi (Nasser). Due to the opposition, they plan to elope and get married, but unfortunately, Nallasivam meets with an ... Written by Niranjan Venkatraman <v.niranjan@ieee.org>

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Hindi

Release Date:

14 January 2003 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Bog je ljubav See more »

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Lakshmi Movie Makers See more »
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Remake of Planes , Trains & Automobiles (1987) See more »

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When Kamal shows the phone to Madhavan when he comes to the hotel, he holds the phone upside down. In the next shot (from backside), Kamal holds it the right way up. See more »

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Love is God
17 June 2005 | by ARUNKUMARDSee all my reviews

I happened to see this film which was a perfect blend of philosophy, realistic acting and the fine art of film making.

Now, I am not a big fan of Kamal. Never was. The arrogance so clearly etched on his face is a major put off for me. But ever so often, Kamal makes me admit ( albeit grudgingly ) that he is the best at what he does.

The philosophy of the film is best explained by the words of the title song, ...

A rough translation goes something like this,

For the theists, God is love. For the good among the atheists, Love is God.

Who here is God ? You and me.

The story is written by Kamal as is the screenplay. He has sung a couple of songs as well out of which the haunting title song stands out. Madhavan is but a tool in Kamal's hands which he uses effectively to his advantage.

Kamal's character changes from that of a bumbling idiot in the first few scenes to a communist union leader with a artistic vein in the middle scenes to a god like figure in the last few scenes. In the last scene, as Kamal walks away into the horizon, we are left with no option but to stand up and salute the indomitable spirit of a man from whom life has taken away so much but still manages to smile.

I wouldn't describe anything more about the story because any words that I can conjure up here wouldn't be enough. The film tells a philosophy that is best seen and understood.

When Love lives in your mind, you are God.


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