Iruvar (1997)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 42 mins

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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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Cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Mohanlal Nair

Crew: Mani Ratnam (Director), Santosh Sivan (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

Release Dates: 14 Jan 1997 (India)

Tamil Name: இருவர்

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Did you know? Although this film was a box office failure, it is remembered as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's acting debut. Read More
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as Kalpana / Pushpa
as Anand (Anandan)
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as Ramani
as Anna Durai
as Tamil Selvam
as Selvam's wife
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as Selvam's lover

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Tamil
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
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05:56
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Hariharan
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04:12
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Harini
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06:20
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
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04:59
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Asha Bhosle
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05:51
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Sarju Acharjee
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05:31
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
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02:54
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
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02:35
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Trivia:
In 2012, this movie was included by critic Rachel Dwyer, in the 2012 British Film Institute's Sight and Sound 1000 greatest films of all time, which is considered to be one of the most respected film polls all over the world.

Although this film was a box office failure, it is remembered as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's acting debut.

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.

The film was showcased in The Masters section at the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival. The film won the Best Film award at the Belgrade International Film Festival.