Abhay (2001)

 ●  Telugu ● 2 hrs 26 mins

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A psychopath tries to protect his twin brother from a lady he visualizes as his evil stepmother, and eventually ends up fighting with him.
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Did you know? The film's Hindi version "Abhay" was distributed by reputed Shringar Films. Read More
Abhay Review : An excellent film from the time when such films weren't made at all!

Abhay is an excellent film from the time when such films weren't made at all! Please do watch it!

Good music, but spoiled by the unintentionally funny and rather laughable dubbing!

The soundtrack of the original Hindi version is better than the Telugu audio, but the Telugu soundtrack is spoiled by the unintentionally funny and rather laughable dubbing. The dubbing is genuinely so funny that it also degrades the mood of the tracks.

If you want to enjoy this sound, better listen to the Hindi version (which I rated 3/5). This Telugu soundtrack, rather dubbed soundtrack, deserves 1.5/5 which I am giving it only because of the respect for the original album.

as Major Vijaykumar/Nandakumar
as Sharmilee
as Tejaswini
as Nandakumar's Mother
as Nandakumar's Step Mother
Supporting Actor
as Lt Col Santosh Kumar
as Tejaswini's Father
as Sulthan
as Dr Srinivasa Rao
as Tejaswini's Mother




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Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Sound Designer


Art Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer


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Spoken Languages:
Hindi, Tamil
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24 fps
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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 from: Aalavandaan (Tamil)
Referenced in: Tere Naam (Hindi)