Rewatching Anniyan

With the release of Vikram’s Kanthasamy imminent, we decided to revisit one of our favorite Tamil films – Anniyan.

Directed by Shankar and featuring Vikram, Sada, Vivek and Prakash Raj, Anniyan was a landmark Tamil movie.

More for Vikram’s powerful performances in triple roles and less for the different but weird story.

We just popped the DVD into the tray and watched a few minutes of the movie.

Ambi (Vikram) has just returned home from the morning prayers at the temple, where he’s distracted by the presence of the beautiful Sada teaching a bunch of young girls.

As our advocate for consumer causes (yes, that’s our Ambi) is heading toward the court on his moped, plonk falls a gob of saliva, the result of careless spitting by a passing cyclist.

Ambi is incensed.

And we espy the first signs of rage building up over one man’s gross insensitivity toward another, a rage that turns into a bloody carnage through the course of the movie.

No, it’s not a Robin Hood role that Vikram dons in Anniyan, but that of a vengeful, merciless slayer of the fiends in human garb.

Now if you please we’d like to get back to our movie.

7 Responses to "Rewatching Anniyan"

  1. navaraj   August 19, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Anniyan is based on “Tell me your dreams” by Sydney Sheldon…….. Well modified to suit an Indian audience….. Responds:

    Haven’t read this one. Will pick it up soon.

  2. chaitu1987   August 19, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Is Pithamagan not available? Responds:

    Not with us or at Netflix.

  3. satya   August 19, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I like this movie lot for the reason that Every sensible Indian will feel the same rage inside whenever he sees soo much of injustice or corruption happening around him.

    I used to imagine bashing up those crooks. Shankar has brought that every Indian’s to life on screen 🙂 Responds:

    There were similar movies in Hindi (Ardh Satya) and Kannada (Antha) too.

  4. arshadsod   August 19, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    yes sure watch it and review it for second time …… Responds:

    May not review it again. We’ll just jot down a few thoughts.

  5. shadowfax_arbit   August 19, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Anniyan is not at all related to “Tell Me Your Dreams” except for the idea of multiple personality and 3 altars… But the novel is good. But now you may NOT enjoy it, since you already know it is related to multiple personality. I didn’t knew that when I read the novel, and it turned out to be an excellent thriller, except for too much masala in the end, like all Sidney Sheldon novels… Responds:

    We used to enjoy Sidney Sheldon when young but a few years ago when we picked up one of his books, it seemed so amateurish.

  6. arshadsod   August 20, 2009 at 2:18 am

    i love Iyengar veetu alage and kumari song in anniyan. Responds:

    Our favorite too in the movie was Iyengar Veetu Azhage.


  7. singgakutty   August 20, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    remember the scene where ambi was captured and questioned/tortured by prakash raj? vivek switched on the cctv inside the room..

    when they showed the cctv recording in the court later, the video was the scene from the movie itself..

    it looks so stupid.. do this people know what is cctv? Responds:

    Dialog in court when Chari produces the tape of the CCTV recording at Ambi/Anniyan’s trial:

    Prakash Raj (yells): Chari

    Chari (softly): I am sorry.

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