Friends (2001 film)
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|Edited by||T. R. Shekar|
K. R. Gowrishankar
|14 January 2001|
Friends is a 2001 Tamil-language romantic comedy film, directed by Siddique and produced by Appachan. The film features Vijay, Suriya and Ramesh Khanna, in the title roles while Devayani, Abhinayashree, Vijayalakshmi, Sriman, and Vadivelu play supporting roles. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, while Anandakuttan handled cinematography.
Friends is a remake of the Siddique's own Malayalam film by the same name with actors Jayaram, Mukesh, Sreenivasan, and Meena. It was released in January 2001 and received positive critical acclaim. The movie completed a 175-day theatrical run at the box office making it fourth blockbuster in a row for the actor Vijay and first blockbuster of actor Suriya. The movie was a commercial success and one among the top grossers of the year. Later it was remade in Telugu as Snehamante Idera starring Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sumanth, Sudhakar, and Bhumika Chawla.
Aravindan (Vijay), Chandru (Suriya), and Krishnamurthy (Ramesh Khanna) value friendship over everything else, even family. For this reason, Chandru resists the advances of Aravindan's sister Amutha (Vijayalakshmi). When the trio takes up a painter's job at a mansion, Aravindan falls in love with Padmini (Devayani), who lives there. Padmini's jealous cousin Abhirami (Abhinayashree) makes him believe that his overtures are reciprocated. When the truth is revealed and Padmini rejects him, 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 Abhirami behind all the mishaps, and Padmini too realizes that Chandru is innocent. Chandru and Amutha's marriage is arranged. Gautham (Sriman) is Aravindan's cousin who is in love with Amutha and wants to separate the pair. He makes Chandru believe that Padmini is trying to kill Amutha. Padmini is angry with Chandru. Aravindan tells the truth that in their young ages, he unknowingly killed Chandru's deaf and mute brother. Gautham records this and makes Chandru hear it. Chandru and Aravindan fight and go by their ways. Aravindan tries to convince Chandru but falls from the top of a mountain. Chandru believes that Aravindan is dead, but after five years, he finds out that Aravindan is not dead but has ended up in a coma. Gautham is now torturing his family a lot. When he comes to know that Chandru has come back, he starts to beat him up. After hearing Chandru's cry of pain, Aravindan wakes up from his coma. He beats up Gautham, and everyone rejoins and lives happily.
- Vijay as Aravindan
- Suriya as Major Chandru
- Ramesh Khanna as Krishnamoorthy
- Devayani as Padmini
- Vijayalakshmi as Amutha, Aravindan's sister
- Abhinayashree as Abhirami, Padmini's cousin
- Vadivelu as Contractor Nesamani/Chithhappa
- Sriman as Gautham, Aravindan's cousin
- Charle as Gopal
- Rajeev as Aravindhan and Amutha's father
- Saritha as Aravindan and Amutha's mother
- Rathan as Padmini's father
- Radha Ravi as Abhirami's father
- Pyramid Natarajan as Gautham's father
- Sathyapriya as Gautham's mother
- A. R. Srinivasan as Padmini's father's friend
- Shanthi Williams as Padmini's father's friend's wife
- S. N. Lakshmi as Gautham's grandmother
- Radha Bhai as Padmini and Abhirami's grandmother
- Vaishnav Balachandran as Aravindan's son
- Santhana Bharathi as Sethupathi
- Madhan Bob as Manager Sundaresan
- Crane Manohar as Nesamani's worker
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.
The film featured music composed by Ilaiyaraaja received positive response and topped the charts. All lyrics of the songs were penned by Pazhani Bharathi.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Label||Five Star Audio|
|1.||"Thendral Varum"||Hariharan, Bhavatharini||05:03|
|2.||"Kuyilikku Koo Koo"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, 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 Ekambaram||05:08|
|5.||"Penkaloda Potti"||Hariharan, Sujatha Mohan||05:02|
|7.||"Vaanam Perusuthan"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vijay Yesudas, Arun Mozhi||05:10|
The film received highly positive reviews from critics upon release in 2001.Bizhat stated "Friends is an 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 in handling the emotional part of the movie while Surya who initially fits in the silent character struggles in emotional scenes.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.