Anniyan (2005)

 ●  Tamil ● 3 hrs 1 min

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Ambi, whose formal name is Ramanujam Iyengar (Vikram), is an innocent and honest lawyer hailing from an orthodox Iyengar family. He is very idealistic and goes out of his way to prosecute people who break the law. His obsession to abide by the rules and an expectation that everyone in the society should do the same, causes him to develop multiple personality disorder. His normally docile personality gets taken over by two other personalities, a flamboyant model named Remo and a hooded vigilante killer named Anniyan. Remo takes over whenever Ambi is unable to woo Nandhini. Anniyan on the other hand is violent and deranged, and Ambi has no clue that such a monster exists within him. Anniyan kills lawbreakers by methods used for torturing people in hell, as mentioned in the Garuda Purana. As law enforcement authorities investigate a series of gruesome murders seemingly the work of a single serial killer, Ambi's health deteriorates forcing Nandini, his girlfriend, to take him to NIMHANS, where he is diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. At NIMHANS, Ambi reveals to the psychiatrist (Nasser) his dark past: when he was 14 years old, he witnessed the tragic death of his 8-year old sister Vidya, due to civic apathy. The psychiatrist concludes that the death of Vidya resulted in the development of this psychological disorder. He also triggers Anniyan and Remo and finds out that while Anniyan and Remo are fully aware that they are Ambi, Ambi has no clue about his multiple personalities. The psychiatrist then comes to the conclusion that while Remo can disappear if Nandhini accepts Ambi's love, Anniyan can only disappear if India is free from all its ills'. Nandhini eventually accepts Ambi's love and Remo disappears. Will Ambi be forced to endure the punishment for Anniyan's crimes? Will treatment be successful in merging the disconnected personalities and allow Ambi to lead a normal and happy life with Nandhini?

Cast: Prakash Raj, Sadha Sayed, Vikram

Crew: Shankar Shanmugham (Director), Manikandan V (Director of Photography), Ravi Varman (Director of Photography), Harris Jayaraj (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Crime, Comedy, Drama, Musical, Mystery, Thriller

Release Dates: 17 Jun 2005 (India)

Tagline: He who comes from hell is not afraid of hot ashes!

Tamil Name: அந்நியன்

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as Prabark - Police Officer
as Nandini Raghuram
as Ramanujam 'Ambi' Iyengar / Remo / Anniyan
as Special Appearance
as Special Appearance
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as House Owner
as Krishna Iyengar
as Psychiatrist
as Parthasarathy Iyengar
as Break Company Owner
as Chockalingam
as Nandhini's mother
as Chari Singari



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Film Type:
Feature Film
Spoken Languages:
Hindi, Telugu
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1 Surround
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Music Label: Star Music
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Harini, Hariharan
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Playback Singer: Shankar Mahadevan, Harini
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Playback Singer: Sunitha Sarathy
He who comes from hell is not afraid of hot ashes!
Model Yana Gupta makes a cameo appearance in a song.

200 still cameras were used to create a bullet effect in a particular fight scene.

International fighters as well as martial artists from all over the state were used in the multi-opponent fight scene.

Vikram described this as the most difficult role in his career.

This movie was inspired by Sidney Sheldon's novel "Tell Me Your Dreams".

The first Indian movie to be dubbed into French as Columbia Tristar bought the dubbing rights for broadcast in French-speaking nations.
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Anniyan (Telugu)
Dubbed into: Aparichit (Hindi)
Spoofed in: Chatrapathi (Kannada)
Spoofed in: Aaru (Tamil)
References: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (English)
References: The Matrix (English)
Referenced in: Yogi (Telugu)
Referenced in: Ready (Hindi)
`Anniyan` sweeps Filmfare Awards!
10 Sep 2006, by Sify Movies