Set against the backdrop of Tamil Nadu in the 1950s, this sociopolitical movie probes the complex relationship between politics and cinema in the state.
This exquisitely crafted drama delves into human relationships, and the effects of power on people, through the lives of two ambitious young men. Anandam (Mohanlal) is a struggling young actor, who is befriended by up and coming grassroots leader and scriptwriter Tamilchelvam (Prakashraj).
As Anandam grows in popularity, he becomes an important tool for the Tamilchelvam and his party in wooing the public. After the death of the party leader Annadurai (Nasser), both protagonists find themselves in candidacy for the top spot, causing an inevitable schism in their friendship. How will events unfold? Whose ambitions will be fulfilled?
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When the movie was released, various political parties staged demonstrations to prevent theaters from showing the movie. Still, the movie is regarded as one of Mani Ratnam's masterpieces. Read More