|Written by||Gokula Krishnan (dialogues)|
|Based on||Chronic Bachelor (Malayalam)|
|Edited by||T. R. Sekar|
K. R. Gowrishankar
|14 January 2004|
Engal Anna (English: Our Elder Brother) is a 2004 Indian Tamil-language comedy-drama film directed by Siddique. It is the Tamil remake of his 2003 Malayalam film Chronic Bachelor. The film stars Vijayakanth, Prabhu Deva, Pandiarajan, Vadivelu, Namitha, Swarnamalya, and Indraja in lead roles, while Lal, Manivannan, and Anandaraj play supporting roles. The music was composed by Deva with cinematography by Anandakuttan. The film was released to positive reviews and was declared a super hit film and managed to collect ₹25 crore.
The film opens with a flashback showing the family feud between the families of Sundaralingam Prabhakaran (Vijayakanth) and Bhavani Easwaramurthy (Indraja). Prabhakaran and Bhavani are in love. The murder of Bhavani's father Easwaramurthy (Rajeev) is wrongly accused on SP's father Sundaralingam (Lal). Prabhakaran starts to help Bhavani's family and mortgages his own house to finance her factory with the intention of making it up to them as he still believes that it is his father who killed Bhavani's father. However, Bhavani is now trying to take revenge for her father's murder. SP's mother is now on her deathbed. While in the hospital, his mother tells how his father had a different wife and he should ask them forgiveness. Prabhakaran storms into Bhavani's house and accuses her uncle (who really killed Bhavani's father), also trying to make her understand the truth, but she does not believe him. Then, Prabhakaran says that he does not love her anymore and vows that he will never trust a woman by remaining a chronic bachelor forever.
Then film comes to the present time, showing a legal battle between Prabhakaran (now called SP) and Bhavani. Bhavani becomes furious when SP wins the legal battle to get back his house. She threatens to destroy SP. From here, the story moves to the day-to-day life of SP and falls into a comic track throughout the first half. SP is now a successful businessman. He has a stepsister named Parvathi (Swarnamalya), who is his father's daughter from his other wife. He now lives for her, but she does not know that SP is her brother, although she stays next door to him. Mayilsamy (Vadivelu) is SP's aide, and he too is a bachelor. Gowri (Namitha) comes to stay in the hostel where Parvathi stays and tries to win SP's heart, but SP considers her a nuisance.
SP agrees to take care of Kannan (Prabhu Deva). Kannan is the son of Manivannan, his uncle who had helped SP become a successful businessman. Kannan is a flirt and womanizer, so his mother wants SP to take care of him and change his behaviors for the better. However, what SP and his mother do not know is that Kannan has only agreed to stay in the house when he comes to know that Parvathi lives next door to SP in order to woo her. Comical scenes recur throughout the movie, where Mayil, who does not like Kannan and his friend Cheenu (Pandiarajan) staying with them, tries to get them out of the house.
Gowri comes to know that SP is sponsoring Parvathi's studies and confronts him. SP tells her that Parvathi is his sister. Gowri then asks Parvathi to call SP for her birthday party. SP then gets upset and confronts Gowri. Gowri then reveals that her sponsor was SP all the while. During the birthday party, Bhavani comes and takes Gowri away. Then, it becomes clear that Gowri is Bhavani's sister. Rivalry arises between Gowri and Bhavani. Parvathi starts showing affection towards Kannan but says that it is wrong and walks away. At this time, Bhavani's brother Durairaj (Anandaraj) and his gang come to kidnap her. While rescuing Parvathi from Durairaj, Kannan decides to bring Gowri back too. Then, Gowri's family members come to take her forcefully, but they are stopped by Kannan. When told off by SP for doing so, he tells Mayil that he will sponsor the girl that loves SP like how SP sponsors the girl that he loves.
That is when SP asks Parvathi to move to his house. Kannan and Cheenu are moved to the guest house. Parvathi shows affection to Kannan. One day, SP and Mayilu catch Kannan trying to reach Parvathi through the balcony. That is where SP knows that both of them love each other. He tells Kannan to promise that he will never look at another girl in his life, and she (being Parvathi) should be the only one, which Kannan agrees to wholeheartedly. He fixes the marriage of Kannan and Parvathi. He transfers everything that he has to Parvathi's name because Kannan's family thought that Parvathi was an orphan. SP tells everything to Kannan's parents, which is overheard by Parvathi, who runs home crying. SP upset runs to comfort her, where he explains how he will live his life as an apology to her mother's curses. However, Parvathi tells that her mother loved him and told her to ask forgiveness if she sees him. Now, Parvathi and SP reunite as siblings. During the marriage festivities, Bhavani and Durairaj come to prevent the celebrations. Along with them comes the elder brother of Parvathi, Veerapandi (Lal). He challenges SP, saying that he has more right over Parvathi as he is her brother, while SP is just a stepbrother. Veerapandi then claims all of SP's property, which SP is willing to give, provided that Parvathi lives happily and marries Kannan. Bhavani's household members use Veerapandi to take advantage of SP; first by trying to snatch his company and then trying to snatch his home. In the brawl, SP vows that Parvathi will marry Kannan and he will wipe off everyone who stands in the way. Bhavani then tells SP that Parvathi will be married off to Bhavani's brother. Veerapandi supports in the name of revenge.
Parvathi, torn between two brothers, comes running when the brothers fight among themselves on the account of whom Parvathi will marry. She says that she wants to be happy with both her brothers so to stop fighting. Parvathi has been emotionally forced to marry Durairaj. She is rescued by Kannan, Mayil, and Cheenu. SP goes and pours kerosene on Bhavani to get her husband to tell the truth, and he finally admits that it was him and his father. He says how his father has done it for the money but he had done it because he loved her and she was his life. Bhavani realizes her mistakes and goes to SP's house to apologize, but she tells SP that the only thing that she can now offer is the marriage proposal of her sister Gowri to SP. SP initially refuses when Kannan tells that he will also remain bachelor if SP does not marry. SP finally agrees and tells everyone to go inside with Gowri.
- Vijayakanth as Sundaralingam Prabhakaran a.k.a. SP
- Prabhu Deva as Kannan
- Pandiarajan as Cheenu
- Vadivelu as Mayilsamy (Mayil)
- Namitha as Gowri
- Swarnamalya as Parvathi
- Indraja as Bhavani Easwaramurthy
- Lal as Sundaralingam & Veerapandi (dual role)
- Manivannan as SP's uncle/Kannan's father
- Anandaraj as Durairaj
- Rajeev as Easwaramurthy
- Vadivukkarasi as Easwari
- Kuyili as Sundaralingam's wife
- Yuvashree as Banumathy
- Thyagu as Durairaj’s father
- Pasi Sathya as Durairaj’s mother
- Sabitha Anand as Easwaramurthy’s wife
- M. S. Bhaskar
- Revathi Priya as younger Bhavani Easwaramurthy
After his previous ventures becoming disasters, Vijayakanth decided to remake the Malayalam film Chronic Bachelor in Tamil. Siddique, who directed the original, was assigned to direct the original version. Siddique had initially approached Karthik to play another lead role in the film, but the actor turned it down and the offer went to Prabhu Deva. Bhairavi, who earlier appeared in Telugu films was selected to appear as lead actress made her debut in Tamil and also changed her name to Namitha. Indraja, who acted in the original film, along with Anandaraj and Pandiarajan, were selected to play supporting roles. The film marked the debut of Malayalam actor Lal in Tamil films.
|1||Aasai Arasa||Anuradha Sriram, Shankar Mahadevan||Pazhani Bharathi|
|2||Kaal Kilo||Prasanna, Sonia Singh||P. Vijay|
|3||Konji Konji||P. Jayachandran, Ganga|
|4||Kadhal Dhushyantha||Sujatha, Karthik||Muthu Vijayan|
|5||Mudhan Mudhalaga||Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam||Thamarai|
The movie received positive reviews from critics.
Indiaglitz wrote, "Vijayakanth deserves special mention for leaving his presence in a humourous [sic] movie (not his forte normally). However, he does not disappoint action-lovers as he jumps and kicks a few in the movie. Tollywood girl Namitha makes her debut in Tamil and looks fresh on the screen. Vadivelu deserves credit for his spontaneous wit and humour. His comedy with Pandiarajan and Prabhu Deva deserve greater appreciation. Anandha Kuttan has cranked the camera while Deva has composed the music. Director Siddique has succeeded in presenting a Malayalam theme much to the liking of Tamil audience with humour all through. A must for Vijayakanth fans."
Bizhat wrote, "Vijaykant, undoubtedly, is the main attraction of the film. He does the role of SP, the Engal Anna, in a really commendable manner and makes his presence felt throughout the film. He has made a different attempt in humor, which he has succeeded creditably. Namitha the debutant heroine looks ok and has been used only as an added attraction. Vadivel is the backbone of the whole film. He brings out rib tickling comedy along with Prabhu Deva and Pandia Rajan and at times tears come out of the eyes due to uncontrollable laughter. Swarnamalya’s performance is adequate. Indraja is sufficient. Anandharaj is not being properly utilized. Similarly there is no scope for Manivannan, and Lal. Siddique has done a good work of the script, based on his own story. Barring few fights the director has retained the original version. It is the well worked-out script that makes the film an enjoyable one. Two of Deva’s numbers ‘Mudhal Mudhala’ and ‘Konji Konji’ are good. Anandha Kuttan’s camera is worth mentioning."
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