Anbe Sivam (2003)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 41 mins

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Evocative and provocative, this masterfully crafted relationship drama tells the story of a series of comic events that occur when Nalla Sivam (Kamal Haasan) a wise-cracking, handicapped communist and Anbarasu (R. Madhavan), an arrogant young advertisement filmmaker who favors capitalism meet. They get stuck with each other on their problem-filled trip from Bhubaneswar to Chennai, giving them a unique opportunity to explore each other's belief system. Themes such as globalization, financial disparity and compassion in present-day India are explored around the two protagonists, while they also find how deeply interconnected their lives are.
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Cast: Kamal Haasan, Kiran Rathod, R Madhavan

Crew: Sundar C (Director), Arthur Wilson (Director of Photography), Vidyasagar (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Release Dates: 15 Jan 2003 (India)

Tamil Name: அன்பே சிவம்

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Did you know? The movie is closely based on the Hollywood movie 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'. Read More
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as Nallasivam
as Balasaraswathi/Bala
as Anbarasu
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Anbarasu's Dad
Supporting Actor
as Kandasamy Padayachi
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Kandasamy Padayachi's Right Hand
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor

Direction

Director

Writers

Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

Art

Art Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer

Editorial

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Stunt Director
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Tamil
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
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Music Director: Vidyasagar
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan, Karthik
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Music Director: Vidyasagar
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan, Udit Narayan
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Music Director: Vidyasagar
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam
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Music Director: Vidyasagar
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan
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Music Director: Vidyasagar
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Vijay Prakash, Sadhana Sargam
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Music Director: Vidyasagar
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Goofs:
Continuity
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.
Trivia:
The titular song was initially written to be sung in a third person tone and thus Kamal Haasan was reluctant to do perform the track to avoid his character being reflected in the song. Subsequently after being convinced by Vidyasagar, he agreed to render the version.

After finishing the script, Kamal Haasan approached Priyadarshan to direct the film. Pre-production work commenced; but after some differences of opinion between the director and the actor; Priyadarshan opted out of the project before the first schedule. Following this sudden setback which led to the whole crew being put off their schedules, the producers after convincing Kamal Haasan, quickly roped in Sundar C to direct the film.

It was screened at the 2003 International Film Festival of India.

The movie is closely based on the Hollywood movie 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'.

The film is shown to be based on Kamal Haasan's personal views on Communism, atheism and altruism.