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Chronicling the trials and tribulations of three young Tamil men. A bright underachiever, the impressionable 23-year old Anpu, who lives with his no-nonsense disciplinarian father. Trapped ... See full summary »


Lenin M. Sivam


Lenin M. Sivam
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Credited cast:
Lucsy Ag Lucsy Ag ... Geetha
Madona T. Alphonse Madona T. Alphonse ... Udumpan
Ketheeswaran Ampalavanar Ketheeswaran Ampalavanar ... Suntharam
K.S. Balachandran K.S. Balachandran ... Akilan's Grandfather
Satheeskumar Ehamparam Satheeskumar Ehamparam ... Soonan
Deva Gasperson Deva Gasperson ... Moddayan
Vince Jerad Vince Jerad ... Mathan
Balachandran K.S. Balachandran K.S.
Kaandee Kana Kaandee Kana ... Akilan
Thavakumar Ketharanathan Thavakumar Ketharanathan ... Suganthan
Suthan Mahalingam Suthan Mahalingam ... Anpu
Sugunathas Mahendrarajah Sugunathas Mahendrarajah ... Taxi Driver
Ajith Nagarajah Ajith Nagarajah ... Nanthan
Mannoge Rajanan Mannoge Rajanan ... Murali
Sutha Shan Sutha Shan ... Aavi

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Chronicling the trials and tribulations of three young Tamil men. A bright underachiever, the impressionable 23-year old Anpu, who lives with his no-nonsense disciplinarian father. Trapped in a self-perpetuating cycle of isolation, Anpu finds salvation with a local gang. A charismatic gang leader Kumar, who maintains a strong sense of comradely and a code of honour among his members. Gang life is not something he enjoys nor he chose, but circumstances forced him into it and he is waiting for an opportune time to get out. And, far removed from them is an ambitious student Ahilan, who has managed to surmount enormous challenges in life through his positive outlook and determination. They have treaded very different paths in their lives, yet their fates become inexorably tied to each other's. Anpu's involvement in Kumar's gang blossoms into a strong friendship between the two, based on trust and respect. Former classmates and friends, Ahilan and Anpu have grown distant over time due to a... Written by Yancy Nanda

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Sung by Tipu & Harini
Lyrics by Sutharshan
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Great film for Tamil and Non-Tamil alike.
16 November 2009 | by Jason-KrakenSee all my reviews

1999 is about Tamil gangs during the 90's. A lot of young Tamil males felt that it was important to their survival, and culture to join gangs. They felt at home with their gang and it was more like a family. In the 90's a peace treaty was formed among the gangs but at the beginning of this film, Jeevan (brother to Kumar head of one of the big gangs) kills the brother of the other big gang. Kumar learns of this and fears that the treaty will be broken, and there will be war on the streets.

Kumar is a nice guy (as nice as a gang leader can be) and doesn't really want to be this leader anymore. His posse tells him to frame someone for the killing so Jeevan wont go to jail.


Kumar, against his better judgement, frames his best friend Anpu.

The story is really about Anpu, and Akilan, two former best friends turned casual acquaintances because Anpu joined Kumar's gang, and Akilan is nice schoolboy. The story shows their lives in a parallel style of editing. We see them pass by each other and then we follow Anpu. Later, we see the same exact scene where they pass each other, only this time we follow Akilan.

The story is interesting and I liked the style. The music was killer too (both songs and score), and I really didn't know what would happen at the end. The "love story" is an interesting one because it only exists in the minds of Anpu and Akilan. They both love Geetha, but none of them have told her yet. Geetha (who is not shown in the film at all) doesn't know that they like her, and we don't see her choose. This is interesting in the sense that we (the audience) can make up our own dream girl Geetha and think about how we would approach her? That being said, the pacing was a bit slow at times, and at a 2 hour mark, I felt that some stuff could've been cut. But it never gets boring, the musical score really helps, and all in all I think a lot of non-Tamil people would like it.

Check it out.

9/10 J-Man

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Release Date:

14 October 2009 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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CAD150,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound System)


Color (NTSC Color)| Color
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