|Directed by||N. Linguswamy|
|Produced by||R. B. Choudary|
|Written by||N. Linguswamy
|Music by||S. A. Rajkumar|
|Cinematography||Arthur A. Wilson|
|Edited by||V. Jaishanker|
Super Good Films
|Release dates||May 25, 2001|
Aanandham (English: Happiness) is a 2001 Tamil language family-drama film directed by N. Linguswamy and produced by R. B. Choudary. The film features an ensemble cast of Mammootty, Murali, Abbas, Devayani, Rambha and Sneha in leading roles, while Delhi Ganesh and Srividya play other supporting roles. Arthur A. Wilson handled cinematography, while S. A. Rajkumar composed the film's score and soundtrack. The film opened in May 2001 to positive reviews and commercial success, prompting remakes in other Indian regional languages.
Tirupathi (Mammootty) is the eldest of four brothers and the head of a respected family in the village. He has struggled to bring his family out of poverty and put his other two brothers, Kannan (Abbas) and Surya (Shyam Ganesh), through college. His younger brother Madhavan (Murali) has provided able support. Tirupathi marries Bharathi (Devayani) who fits into the family admirably. But the arrival of Renuka (Rambha) as Madhavan's wife signals the start of problems as she doesn't like her husband's obeisance to Tirupati. Kannan falls in love with the village rich man's daughter Viji (Sneha) but is willing to give her up to save his family from the man's ire.
- Mammootty as Thirupathisamy
- Murali as Madhavan
- Abbas as Kannan
- Devayani as Bharathi
- Rambha as Renuka Madhavan
- Sneha as Viji
- Shyam Ganesh as Surya
- Delhi Ganesh
The director Linguswamy revealed that the film was inspired by moments in his lifeand through a series of incidents his mother had narrated to him. Thus when R. B. Choudary gave him an opportunity, he narrated the stories and he found the producer had found them highly appealing. The director had previously assisted Vikraman in Vaanathaippola, another family drama on brothers. Linguswamy originally wanted to title the project, Thirupathi Brothers, which he later went on to name his production house. Another early working title for the film was Thamirabharani.
Ramya Krishnan was initially signed on to play heroine but Mammooty cast his doubts over her involvement after the pair had fallen out on the sets of a previous Malayalam film, and she was subsequently replaced by Soundarya. Devayani was initially supposed to feature as Murali's pair in the film, but after Soundarya opted out, she was given the senior actress role of Mammooty's pair. Shooting was held at locations in Chennai, Ooty and Mettyupalayam among other places.
Aanandham opened to positive reviews in May 2001, with a critic noting that "it is a promising work from the debutant director". The film went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Films in the 2002 ceremony as well as being honoured as the Best Tamil Film at the Cinema Express Awards. Aanandham also received two awards from the Tamil Nadu State, winning third best film and Best Actress for Sneha, who was recognized for this film alongside her work in Virumbugiren and Punnagai Desam. Newspaper, The Hindu also listed the film amongst the best of 2001.
Aanandham emerged as one of the most successful Tamil films of 2001, earning a very successful box office return. The success of the film prompted several Malayalam film-makers to dub their films into Tamil to capitulate on Mammooty's regained success in Tamil industry. Producer R. B. Choudary launched another film titled Samudhiram on family bonding soon after this film's release, with the new film featuring Sarathkumar, Murali and Manoj as brothers. A Telugu remake was released in 2005 as Sankranthi by Muppalaneni Shiva, starring Venkatesh, Srikanth, Sharwanand, Sneha and Arti Agarwal in lead roles.
|Soundtrack album by S. A. Rajkumar|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The soundtrack of the film was composed by S. A. Rajkumar, was well received by the audience.
|1.||"Aasai Aasaiyai"||K. J. Yesudas||5:43|
|2.||"Adi Koochatha"||Sukhwinder Singh, Swarnalatha||3:54|
|3.||"Gokulathu Radhai"||Unni Menon, SPB Charan, Sujatha||5:15|
|5.||"Kalyana Vaanil"||Unni Menon, Sujatha||4:17|
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