Aanazhagan

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Aanazhagan
Aan Azhagan,.jpg
Directed byThiagarajan
Written byBabu-Gopu (dialogues)
Screenplay byThiagarajan
Story byP. Samba Siva Rao
Produced byS. Balaji
StarringPrashanth
Suneha
Vadivelu
Charle
Chinni Jayanth
K. R. Vijaya
CinematographyV. Ranga
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Production
company
Supreme Films International
Release date
11 March 1995
Running time
140 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Aanazhagan is a 1995 Indian Tamil-language comedy film directed by Thiagarajan and produced by S. Balaji. The film stars Prashanth, Suneha, Vadivelu, Charle, and Chinni Jayanth , while K. R. Vijaya, Gandhimathi, and Vaishnavi play supporting roles.[1] The film is based on Telugu film Chitram Bhalare Vichitram. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. In the film, Prashanth disguises himself as a woman in order to convince the landlady.[2]

Plot[edit]

Raja (Prashanth), Sudhakar (Charle), Raghava (Chinni Jayanth), and Marudhu (Vadivelu) are good friends who stay together as tenants at Gandhimathi's house. After being thrown out of the house, they start searching for a new house on rent, but no one is willing to give their house for bachelors. Finally, they come to know a landlady (K. R. Vijaya) in search of a family as her tenants. A plot is hatched by, and all four bachelors dress up to be a family man (Sudhakar), his retarded brother (Raghava), his uncle (Marudhu), and his wife Lakshmi (Raja being the wife). Now, Raja's (who happens to be in a woman's attire) lady love (Suneha - debut) happens to be the landlady's daughter. At one point of time by mistake, the friends inform the landlady that Lakshmi is pregnant. The landlady arranges for Valaikaapu function, followed by a doctor (Vaishnavi) checkup. This bursts into a series of rumbled conflicts, and all hell breaks loose. In a woman's disguise, Raja looking extremely beautiful and his dramatic histrionics, as well as Bharatanatyam dance in a woman's costume are the best parts and highlights of the movie Anazhagan.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Prashanth appeared in drag role in Aanazhagan and noted the most daunting aspects of the role were the "waxing, the threading, the works" as well as "wearing a sari in summer, doing a bharatanatya sequence in a woman's costume, and getting the nuances and variations right were the other challenges", revealing his mum had assisted him.[3] The actor was also involved in the production of the film.[4] The voice for Prasanth's female character Rajalakshmi was given by the famous dubbing artiste Anuradha.

The film became the first project to have scenes shot in the newly created JJ Studios in 1995.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

Aanazhagan
Soundtrack album by
Released1995
Recorded1995
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelPyramid
ProducerIlaiyaraaja

The film score and the soundtrack were composed by film composer Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Vaali. The soundtrack, released in 1995, features 8 tracks.

Track Song Singer(s) Duration
1 "Aaacha Paatcha" Mano, K. S. Chithra
2 "Arul Kann Paarvai" K. S. Chithra
3 "Eley Matchi" Mano
4 "Kanne Indru" Mano, Swarnalatha
5 "Konjum Pura" S. Janaki, Mano
6 "Nillatha Vennila" Ilaiyaraaja, Swarnalatha
7 "Poo Choodum" Uma Ramanan, Sunandha

Release[edit]

The film performed well at the box office. Soon after the film's release, Thiagarajan and Prashanth began working on another project titled Padagotti Babu, which eventually did not develop.[6] Likewise, another production by his father during the period, Pulithevan co-starring Manisha Koirala and Sangita, was also stalled.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Filmography of Aanazhagan". Cinesouth.com. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Vikram in 'Kanthaswamy' - Kamal Haasan to Vikram: Actors who aced the lady avatar". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  3. ^ "How to train your drag". The Hindu. 22 May 2010. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Young and mature at once". The Hindu. 15 February 2002. Archived from the original on 4 July 2003. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  5. ^ Sandya Sitaraman (22 March 1995). "Tamil Movie News--Tamil New Year edition". Newsgroupsoc.culture.tamil. Usenet: 3kpue3$sf0@agate.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  6. ^ https://groups.google.com/g/soc.culture.tamil/c/fwLpyN6aWTk/m/R4FfCjmQ3AsJ
  7. ^ https://groups.google.com/g/soc.culture.tamil/c/98PBC6XdMIc/m/PyyNQRkSHV0J

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