Annadurai (film)

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Annadurai Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by G. Srinivasan
Produced by Fatima Vijay Antony
Written by G. Srinivasan
Starring Vijay Antony
Diana Champika
Jewel Mary
Music by Vijay Antony
Cinematography Dillraj
Edited by Vijay Antony & Sreyes KS
Release date
30 November 2017
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 10 crore
Box office 25 crore

Annadurai is a Tamil action family drama film directed by G. Srinivasan, starring Vijay Antony in the dual role. Vijay Antony also composed music for the film and also served as the film editor for the first time in his career. Produced by Fatima Vijay Antony and Raadhika, the film began production during February 2017.[1] The film was dubbed in Telugu as Indrasena.[2]



In February 2017, Vijay Antony announced that he would act in a film titled Annadurai by newcomer G. Srinivasan for the production house of Raadhika.[3] It was later revealed that the film had no connection to the Tamil politician C. N. Annadurai, and that the title was merely used to garner attention amongst audiences.[4] Srinivasan revealed that Vijay Antony would portray twin brothers, Annadurai and Thambidurai, and the story would narrate events between 2010 and 2017. Apart from acting and working as a co-producer alongside his wife Fatima, Vijay Antony also accepted to compose the film's music and work as the film's editor for the first time in his career.[5] The makers signed on three new actresses Diana Champika, Telugu actress Mahima and Malayalam actress Jewel Mary to portray leading female roles, while Kaali Venkat and Radharavi were also cast.[6] Cinematography was done by K.Dillraj, who previously taking charge of cinematographer in Thagaraaru film.

In April 2017, Raadhika Sarathkumar's properties were put under watch for tax evasion meaning that Vijay Antony chose to prioritise his work for Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi's Kaali, which was also produced by him, and the film was briefly put on hold.[4][7] He later continued to shoot for both films simultaneosuly.[8] The film was completely shot in Tirukoilur in Tamil Nadu, the hometown of the director.[9]

In September 2017, the makers brought in renowned Telugu actor Chiranjeevi to launch the title of Telugu version of the film, who revealed the title as Indrasena. Chiranjeevi agreed to promote the film owing to his close friendship with actress Raadhika.[10][11]


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.[12]


Soundtrack was composed by Vijay Antony. The audio was released under labels Vijay Antony Music and Divo.[13]

  • Thangama Vairama — Vijay Antony
  • GST — Santosh, Supriya Joshi
  • Odathey — Ananthu, Andrew
  • Odathey (Pathos) - Ananthu
  • Annadurai Theme - Ananthu

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics. The Indian Express called Annadurai "gigantic misstep" in Vijay Antony's career and "seems like a massive error of judgment to have played a dual role in the tedious film that leads us to the obvious conclusion that we have known all along".[14] Behindwoods wrote "Overall, Annadurai has a few scenes that could entertain the audience, but as a complete package, it is a little too filmy and over the top."[15]

In regards, Hindustan Times gave a positive review citing "Despite falling into a very familiar territory of sentiment and drama, Annadurai is a family-friendly film and the credit goes to debutant director Srinivasan, who makes it a cut above most films in this space."[16]


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  5. ^ "Now, Vijay Antony turns editor with Annadurai | Tamil Movie News". Times of India. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
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  7. ^ "Vijay Antony's `Annadurai` on hold, to shoot for `Kaali` in May!". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Vijay Antony shoots for two films simultaneously | Tamil Movie News". Times of India. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Vijay Antony's double avatar in Anna Durai". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Chiranjeevi all praises for Vijay Antony". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
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  12. ^ "Sun TV acquires the satellite rights of Annadurai". Times Of India. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
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