1999 (film)

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1999 International Film Poster
Directed by Lenin M. Sivam
Produced by Sabesan Jeyarajasingam
Jeya Subramaniyam
Written by Lenin M. Sivam
Starring K. S. Balachandran
Ampalavanar Katheeswaran
Suthan Mahalingam
Thelepan Somasegaram
Kaandee Kana
Deva Gasparson
Vince Jerad
Sutha Shan
Madona T. Alphonse
Mannoge Rajanan
Gobiraj Thiruchelvam
Music by Raj Thillaiyampalam
Cinematography Sabesan Jeyarajasingam
Edited by Arul Shankar
Khatpanalaya Production Inc
Bagavan Productions
Release date
  • October 14, 2009 (2009-10-14) (Vancouver International Film Festival)
  • October 23, 2009 (2009-10-23) (Canada)
Running time
101 minutes
Country Canada
Language Tamil

1999 is a 2009 Canadian crime drama film written and directed by Lenin M. Sivam, world premiered at the 2009 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).

The film explores the Toronto Sri Lankan gang scene in the late 90s. With a time frame that spans less than 24 hours, it's a film that attempts to delve deep inside the Tamil gang community. It opens with a shooting that results in the end of a peace treaty between two rival gangs in Scarborough. With investigators closing in and rival gang members out for revenge, 1999 concentrates its time mapping out the toll gang participation takes not only on the individual, but the direct impacts it has on family and community.

The film received the CBC Audience Choice Award[1] at 2010 ReelWorld Film Festival and it became the top 10 Canadian films at Vancouver International Film Festival and it also received Midnight Sun Award at 2010 Oslo Tamil Film Festival.[2]


  • CBC Reel Audience Choice Award, ReelWorld Film Festival in April, 2010
  • Best Film Award (Midnight Sun), Oslo Tamil Film Festival in February, 2010
  • Top 10 Canadian Films, Vancouver International Film Festival in October, 2009
  • Official Selection, Toronto Tamil Studies Conference in May, 2010
  • Best Feature Film Award, Toronto Independent Art Film Society (IAFS) in June, 2010
  • Official Selection, University of Toronto Cinema Studies Student Union (CINSSU) in March, 2010
  • Official Selection, York University Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) in September, 2010
  • Part of the ‘Best Features’ Showcase, Toronto 2010 Moving Image Film Festival (MIFF) in October, 2010
  • Official Selection, Swiss South Indian Film Festival (SSIFF) in October, 2010
  • Official Selection, Illankai Tamil Sangam (ITS) in November, 2010
  • Official Selection, Canadian Tamil Film Festival (CTFF) in January, 2011
  • Official Selection, London Happy Soul Festival (HSF) in June, 2011
  • Best Feature Film Award, Chennai Ulagayutha International Tamil Film Festival (CUITFF) in July, 2011


  • Thussanth Nanthagopal as Anpu
  • Thelepan Somasegaram as Kumar
  • Kaandee Kana as Ahilan
  • Ampalavanar Ketheeswaran as Suntharam
  • K. S. Balachandran as Ahilan’s Grandfather
  • Madona T. Alphonse as Udumpan
  • Vince Jerad as Mathan
  • Deva Gasperson as Moddayan
  • Gobiraj Thiruchelvam as Kannan
  • Ajith Nagarajah as Nanthan
  • Jeron Thanabalasingam as Jeevan
  • Sutha Shan as Aavi
  • Anojan Thavaraja as Sathi
  • Mannoge Rajanan as Murali
  • Satheeskumar Ehamparam as Soonan
  • Visnumathan Vilvaraja as Maranai's brother
  • Thavakumar Ketharanathan as Suganthan
  • Latheepan Tharmanathan as Kiruban
  • Pathmini Rajanan as Selvi Acca
  • Sugunathan Mahendrarajah as Taxi Driver


Soundtrack album by Raj Thillaiyampalam
Released 2009
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Producer Lenin M. Sivam

The soundtrack of 1999 was composed by Raj Thillaiyampalam except for tracks Struggle and Angel Remix. Struggle and Angel Remix were composed by Hemo from Lyrically Strapped.

Track # Song Singer(s) Lyrics
1 "Mozhi" S P Balasubramaniam Sutharshan
2 "Angel" Karthik / Lyrically Strapped Raj Thillaiyampalam
3 "Malare" Tippu / Harini Sutharshan
4 "Struggle" Lyrically Strapped Lyrically Strapped
5 "Nenjathai" Tippu / Prashanthi Raj Thillaiyampalam
6 Angel Remix Lyrically Strapped Lyrically Strapped
7 1999 Theme Instrumental Instrumental


  1. ^ "Congratulations to our 2010 ReelWorld Film Festival Award Recipients!". reelworldfilmfestival. 2010-04-21. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Shankar, Settu (2010-02-15). "Canadian Tamil film 1999 won in Norway festival". OneIndia. Retrieved 29 March 2010. [permanent dead link]

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