Aalavandaan (2001)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 53 mins

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The story follows Abhay (Haasan) who has a disturbed childhood and severe mental trauma misunderstands her to be Sister in Law Tejasvini (Raveena Tandon) who is supposed to marry his Army Commando twin brother Major Vijay (Haasan). When Abhay meets Tejasvini, who visualizes her as her evil step mother who was the cause of the fall of his family and the death of both his parents and separation from his twin brother whom he loves dearly. He escapes the mental asylum to fulfill his duty towards his brother by getting rid of the woman. There are a lot of action packed encounters that Abhay has with his own brother, the estranged wife and many other characters including a very fun loving and popular singer - actress Sharmilee (Manisha Koirala) (cameo) who all willingly or unwillingly come in midst of the fight of a right man at the wrong place within wrong circumstances.
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Did you know? The film featured Kamal Haasan in two distinct roles, for one of which he had his head shaved bald and gained ten kilograms. To play the other army major in the film, he went to the NDA for a crash course. Read More
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as Nandhakumar/Major Vijayakumar
as Sharmilee
as Tejaswini
as Nandhu/Vijay's Mother
as Tejaswini's Mother
as Nandhu/Vijay's Step-Mother
Supporting Actor
as Lt Col Santosh Kumar
as Sulthan
as Tejaswini's Father




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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Music Label: Universal Music India
The soundtrack, composed by music trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, created a record by selling over 2,00,000 copies in less than eight hours of its release.

Finally, Manisha Koirala was chosen to play the cameo while, after long time Raveena agreed to play the lead female role, thus marking her comeback to Tamil cinema.

When the movie was first announced with Kamal Haasan and Simran in lead roles with Bollywood actress Rani Mukherji in a special appearance. But later Simran and Rani decided to leave the project due to the delay in its launch.

The film featured Kamal Haasan in two distinct roles, for one of which he had his head shaved bald and gained ten kilograms. To play the other army major in the film, he went to the NDA for a crash course.

The film's Hindi version "Abhay" was distributed by reputed Shringar Films.

Actor Jayam Ravi worked as an assistant director for this film.

After "Indrudu Chandrudu", this movie marks Suresh Krishna's third collaboration with Kamal.

This was Thanu's first production with Kamal Haasan, incidentally Thanu played a small role in Kamal's production "Magalir Mattum". Dhanu decided to produce a film for Kamal Haasan, but he rejected the storylines of "Pammal K Sambandham" and "Nala Damayanthi", eventually accepting to produce the story based on Kamal's novel "Daayam".

A stunt group called Grand Bedge who worked in Hollywood film "Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World" was assigned to compose stunt sequences in Kashmir. Another fight sequence was shot in Delhi for 15 days using 39 cars with 3 cameras.

A state of the art machine called Airramp was brought from abroad for jumping scenes, it was the first Indian film to use Motion Control Camera and Edit cutprow.

The film was simultaneously shot in Hindi as "Abhay" and dubbed in Telugu by the same name.

The film is an adaptation of the novel "Dayam" that was written by Kamal Haasan in 1984.

Quentin Tarantino in his conversation with Indian director Anurag Kashyap admitted that that the celebrated manga animation-action sequence in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 was inspired from 2001 Hindi-Tamil film, Aalavandhan starring Kamal Hassan. Tarantino was quoted saying 'Yes, saw this Indian serial-killer film which showed violence as animated'.

This film originally featured a nude scene by Kamal Hassan, but this was not permitted by the Indian censor board (CBFC). So, it was deleted from the final print.
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Abhay (Telugu)
Bilingual of: Abhay (Hindi)
Referenced in: Tere Naam (Hindi)