Friends (2001 film)

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DVD Cover
Directed by Siddique
Produced by Appachan
Written by Siddique
Gokul Krishna
Starring Vijay
Ramesh Khanna
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Anandakuttan
Edited by T. R. Shekar
K. R. Gowrishankar
Release dates
January 14, 2001
Running time
167 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget INR5 crore
Box office INR30 crore

Friends is a 2001 Tamil comedy film directed by Siddique and produced by Appachan. The film featured Vijay, Suriya and Ramesh Khanna, in the title roles, while Devayani, Abhinyashree, Vijayalakshmi, Sriman and Vadivelu amongst others play supporting roles. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, while Anandakuttan handled cinematography. The film is a remake of the Siddique's own Malayalam film by the same name with actors Mukesh,Sreenivasan and Jayaram.The film released in January 2001 and received positive critical acclaim.The movie completed a 175-day theatrical run at the box office making it fourth hit in a row for the actor Vijay.The movie was a commercial success and one among the top grossers of the year.[1]


The threesome who lend reason to the title are Aravindhan(Vijay),Chandru(Suriya) and Krishnamurthy(Ramesh Khanna).Aravindhan(Vijay),Chandru(Suriya) and Krishnamurthy(Ramesh Khanna) value friendship over everything else, even family,and for this reason,Chandru resists the advances of Aravindan's sister Amutha (Vijayalakshmi).When the trio take up a painter's job at a mansion, Aravindan falls in love with Padmini (Devayani),who lives there. Padmini's jealous cousin Abhirami(Abinayasri) makes him believe that his overtures are reciprocated. When the truth is revealed and Padmini rejects him outright,Chandru stands up for his friend and speaks ill of her.This makes her swear to separate the friends.

After the marriage,Aravindan realises the hand of Abhinaya behind all the mishaps and Padmini too realises Chandru is innocent. Then the marriage of Chandru and Amutha is arranged. The cousin of Aravindan who is in love with Amutha from his young age tries to separate the pair. He makes Chandru believe that Padmini is trying to kill Amutha.Padmini is now angry with Chandru.At last Aravindan tells the truth that in their young ages Chandru's deaf and dumb brother was unknowingly killed by Aravindan.The cousin of Aravindan records this and makes this to be heard by Chandru.Chandru and Aravindan go by their ways.Aravindan tries to convince Chandru but he falls from the top of a mountain. Chandru believes that Aravindan is dead and feels very much for him. But after five years later, he comes to meet Aravindan's family, only to find out that Aravindan is not dead, but has ended up in coma.His cousin is now torturing his family a lot. When he comes to know that Chandru has come back, he goes and starts to beat him up.After hearing his beloved friend Chandru's cry of pain,Aravindan gets his memory back.Aravindan beats up the cousin and they all rejoin and live happily.

Jyothika and Suvalakshmi were cast first as the heroines,but later the roles went to Devayani and Vijayalakshmi respectively due to date problems.



  • Story, Screenplay and Directed by: Siddique
  • Dialogue: Gokulakrishnan
  • Produced by: Appachan
  • Music: Ilaiyaraaja
  • Cinematography: Anandakuttan
  • Editing: T. R. Shekar and K. R. Gowrishankar
  • Art: Mani Suchithra
  • Fights: Kanal Kannan
  • Lyrics: Pazhani Bharathi
  • Choreography: Raju Sundaram, L. L. Cool Jayanth and Ravidev
  • Costumes: T. K. Velayudham
  • Banner: Swargachitra


After their teaming in Nerukku Ner,Vijay and Suriya came together again in this film, a remake of a successful Malayalam film of the same name that was produced by actress Saritha, and had her husband Mukesh co-starring with Jairam.Siddique who directed the original has directed the Tamil version too.Ramesh Khanna was selected to play the role which was enacted by Sreenivasan in original.First Jyothika was signed with Suvalakshmi to play the lead actresses in the film but soon Simran replaced Jyothika.Both Simran and Suvalakshmi also then too backed out due to date problems and were replaced by Devayani and new girl Vijayalakshmi from Mysore.Shooting was held in a fast pace on location in Ooty,Pollachi,Pazhani and Udumalaipettai.[2]


The film featured music composed by Ilaiyaraaja received positive response and topped the charts.

Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 2001
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 40.55
Label Five Star Audio
Ilaiyaraaja chronology

Track list[edit]

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Thendral Varum"   Hariharan, Bhavatharini 05:03
2. "Kuyilikku Koo Koo"   S. P. Balasubramaniam, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan 05:06
3. "Rukku Rukku"   Yuvan Shankar Raja, Vijay Yesudas, Sowmya Raoh 04:30
4. "Manjal Poosum Manjal Poosum"   Sujatha Mohan, Devan 05:08
5. "Penkaloda Potti"   Hariharan,Sujatha Mohan 05:02
6. "Poonkatrae"   Hariharan 05:26
7. "Vaanam Perusuthan"   S. P. Balasubramaniam, Vijay Yesudas, Arun Mozhi 05:10
Total length:


The satellite rights of the film were secured by Sun TV for a record price. The film was given a clean "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.

Critical Response[edit]

The film received highly positive reviews from critics upon release in 2001.Bizhat stated "Friends is a engaging entertainer with the first part moving at a fast pace with ribtickling humour and slapstick comedy thrown in. The second half moves with the smooth transition and an effective climax and stated Vijay acting was brilliant and he put on a good effort in handling the emotion part of the movie [3] Balaji B wrote: "The premise and story line of the movie is strong and the movie is completely effective due to the hilarious comedy handled by director Siddique in the first half and sentiments in the second half which is overwhelmed by the twists and turns with an effective acting by Vijay.[4]


The film took a big opening at the box office despite being released with Ajith Kumar's Dheena.With a 175 days theatrical run among the screens of Tamil Nadu,Friends was one among the most commercially successful films of that year and Vijay's acting was highly appreciated.


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