Anegan (transl. Myriad; lit. 'Man with thousand shadows')[2] is a 2015 Indian Tamil-language period romantic thriller film directed by K. V. Anand, and produced by Kalpathi S. Aghoram, S. Ganesh, S. Suresh under the banner AGS Entertainment. The film features an ensemble cast starring Dhanush, Amyra Dastur and Karthik in lead roles, whilst Ashish Vidyarthi, Aishwarya Devan, Mukesh Tiwari, and Jagan, appear in supporting roles. Set in four different time periods, it is based on theme of reincarnation,[3] which revolves around Ashwin (Dhanush) and Madhu (Amyra Dastur) who were lovers in their past lives, have been brought together in the present scenario.

Anegan
Anegan Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Tamilஅனேகன்
Directed byK. V. Anand
Produced byKalpathi S Aghoram
Kalpathi S Ganesh
Kalpathi S Suresh
Written bySubha (Dialogue)
Screenplay byK. V. Anand
Subha
Story byK. V. Anand
Subha
Starring
Music byHarris Jayaraj
CinematographyOm Prakash
Edited byAnthony
Production
company
Distributed byAGS Entertainment
Wunderbar Films
Release date
  • 13 February 2015 (2015-02-13)
Running time
160 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Box office 55 crore[1]

Dhanush played four different characters in the film.[4] The film's title is based on Tiruvacakam, written by Tamil poet Manikkavacakar.[5][6] Principal photography commenced on 2 September 2013 at Puducherry. Filming continued in Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Burma, and some parts of India. and was completed on 15 September 2014. The film features music composed by Harris Jayaraj, with cinematography handled by Om Prakash and editing done by Anthony. The visual effects were handled by V. Srinivas Mohan.

After multiple postponements, Anegan was released on 13 February 2015. The film opened to positive reviews from critics, praising the performances of the lead actors, story, picturisation.[7] The film was a box office success.[8] The film's Telugu dubbed version titled Anekudu was released on 27 February 2015. In 2016, the film was dubbed into Hindi as Anek by Goldmines Telefilms Pvt Ltd.[9] In 2019, the film was dubbed into Bengali as Mon Majhi Re.

A Hindi remake is in development by Dharma Productions and AGS Entertainment starring Varun Dhawan and with Dastur reprising her role. The movie will be directed by Jugal Hansraj and will be executive produced by Shashank Khaitan.[citation needed]

PlotEdit

Murugappa 'Munaruna' is a Tamil worker in 1960s Burma. His friend Saamuda falls in love with Mallika, but Mallika loves Munaruna. Munaruna saves Samudra, the daughter of a Burmese army general, from a Ferris wheel accident and they fall in love. When Mallika learns about this, she is devastated and marries Saamuda. The Burmese general disapproves of the union between Munaruna and Samudra, and revokes the privileges that the Tamil immigrants had until then. Violence breaks out and the Tamil nationals flee Burma. Munaruna and Samudra join the refugees on a ship with Saamuda and Mallika. When Samudra's father comes looking for her, Mallika spitefully reveals where they are hiding. As Samudra and Munaruna try to escape by diving into the ocean, Munaruna is shot and killed. Samudra handcuffs herself to Munaruna and drowns with him after promising to be together forever.

This whole episode is shown to be a flashback of her previous life by Madhumitha 'Madhu' who is undergoing regression therapy to relieve work stress. Back in Dr. Radhika's office in present-day India, Madhu claims that it is the story of her previous life and she has already met Saamuda and Mallika as Jagan and Meera, who are fellow programmers in the same gaming company. Radhika dismisses this and gives Madhu medicine for stress. Madhu meets Ashwin, a new employee in her company, and realizes his resemblance to Munaruna and flirts with him. Kiran is their boss and he knows to extract work from employees with ease.

Meera hallucinates about ghosts that try to rape her and she jumps from the office window and dies. Madhu is disturbed and attends her therapy sessions with Radhika when she remembers her first birth.

Madhu and Ashwin meet with a car accident and Madhu is admitted in a hospital. She dreams about overhearing a policeman Gopinath's conversation about Kaali and Kalyani, when she intervenes and says that she knows their whereabouts. Once awake, she recites the dream to the policemen in the hospital and they are confused. Police commissioner Gopinath visits her and Madhu realizes that he looks like the police from her dream. He says that the Kaali-Kalyani story was a missing person case that happened 25 years ago. Madhu claims that Kaali and Kalyani were killed and buried and takes Gopinath and Ashwin to a place where they dig up and find skeletons identified as remains of Kaali and Kalyani. Gopinath finds a ring engraved with letter R on one of the skeletons. Ashwin is confused as to what R may mean.

Madhu returns to her therapy, and Kiran hears about her hallucinations and rushes to the clinic. Madhu hallucinates about her third birth, where she is Kalyani, a Brahmin girl who falls in love with a rowdy Kaali and her father forcefully arranges her marriage with RaviKiran when Kaali is in jail after murdering a rowdy. Kaali escapes from prison and meets Kalyani and they plan to elope, but RaviKiran finds out and offers to help them. He takes them to a secluded spot where he murders Kaali and Kalyani out of jealousy and buries them. The finger with the ring belongs to RaviKiran and is amputated by Kaali during the fight. RaviKiran buries it along with dead bodies, unknowingly.

In the present, Kiran is RaviKiran in his youth. When he finds out that, as a child, Madhu learned the truth of Kali and Kalyani's death from Kalyani's father, he kidnaps and tries to kill her. Soon Kiran kills Kalyani's father. Ashwin finds video games whose plots resemble the stories of Madhu's previous births and Meera's hallucination and death. He finds a drug that the employees have been using to boost memory. He realizes that Kiran has been giving illegal drugs his employees to boost their creativity so that he can profit with uniquely themed, intense games. As a side effect of the drug, his employees hallucinate. Ashwin confronts Kiran, and in the ensuing fight, Kiran overpowers Ashwin. But Ashwin manages to defeat him later, he saves Madhu and Kiran is killed when a knife Ashwin threw into a tree falls onto Kiran's chest. Gopinath covers up the death as suicide, stating that Kiran killed himself for the illegal activities.

Ashwin and Madhu marry and honeymoon in Burma, where they pass by a log with a heart and the names of Munaruna and Samudra carved into it.

CastEdit

  • Dhanush in different roles as;
    • Ashwin, Works at Kiran's company in system admin department and fall in love with Madhu
    • Murugappa (Munaruna), A construction worker at Burma in 1962 and Samudra's lover
    • Kaaliswaran (Kaali), A painter in Madras in 1980s and fall in love with Kalyani
    • (Ilamaran), King Ilamaran in old anscent (portrait in 'Roja Kadale' song only)
  • Amyra Dastur in different roles as;
    • Madhumitha, a game designer at Kiran's company and fall in love with Ashwin
    • Samudra, a school student at Burma in 1962 and fall in love with Munaruna
    • Kalyani, a social activist in Madras in 1980s and fall in love with Kaali
    • Shenbagavalli, Princess Shenbagavalli in old anscent (portrait in 'Roja Kadale' song only)
  • Karthik as Ravikiran (Kiran), MD of a Gaming Company and a main antagonist
  • Aishwarya Devan as
    • Meera, co-worker with Madhu
    • Mallika, Munaruna's one-sight lover and Saamuda's wife
  • Ashish Vidyarthi as Gopinath, Inspector of Police in Madras in 1980s and later promoted as Commissioner in Chennai city
  • Jagan as
    • Jagan, Co-worker with Ashwin and Madhu
    • Saamuda, Munaruna's friend at Burma in 1962
  • Mukesh Tiwari as
    • Burma Police Officer in 1962 and Samudra's father
    • Radhakrishan, Madhu's uncle in present
  • Thalaivasal Vijay as Moorthy (Kalyani's father)
  • Vinaya Prasad as Madhumitha's mother
  • Lena as Dr. Radhika and a woman at Burma who was fight with officer
  • Shankar Krishnamurthy as Ashwin's father
  • D. R. K. Kiran as Ranjith, Kiran's goon
  • Revathi Sankar as Ravikiran's mother
  • Veera Santhanam as Guruji
  • K.R.G Sharad as Genie
  • Bhawana Aneja
  • Baby Vedhika
  • Rajesh Milton
  • Pankaj Rajan
  • Baba Bhaskar (special appearance in the song "Danga Maari Oodhari")

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

In May 2013, K. V. Anand stated that he would collaborate with Dhanush for his next film, which Dhanush confirmed on his social network page. Anand joined hands with AGS Entertainment for the second time after Maattraan (2012), and it was confirmed that the production company would also distribute the film worldwide.[10] Though it was rumoured to be titled as Thaara Thappatta Ready, it was later dismissed by the director.[11] Dhanush was said to appear in four different looks in the film,[12] and that he would not be playing the "moody-sombre" type-role he played in his previous films like Mayakkam Enna (2011).[4] The film, a romantic entertainer laced with action was titled Anegan, meaning "the man with many shadows", according to Tamil poet Manikkavacakar, from his volume, Tiruvacakam.[5][6] It was revealed that the story comprises multiple period set-ups, and in one of the segments, Dhanush goes back to his previous birth.[13] The technical crew consisted of cinematography by Om Prakash, editing by Anthony, action by Kanal Kannan and the dialogues were written by Subha. As with most K. V. Anand films, Harris Jayaraj was once again signed to compose the musical score.[14] Initially, K. V. Anand, narrated the story to Vijay first, but he could not commit the project,[15] due to date issues, and suggested Dhanush's name.[16]

CastingEdit

Alia Bhatt was rumoured to be playing the lead,[17] before Amyra Dastur, a model who made her film debut in Issaq (2013) was later cast opposite Dhanush.[18] In preparation for her role, she was asked to see Tamil films[19] and also took Tamil lessons from Dhanush to get her dialogues right.[20] Amyra was further reported to be performing stunts for the film.[21] In an interview to IANS, Amyra said that she would portray three different roles in the film.[22] Karthik was signed to play the role of a love guru to Dhanush, for a part, similar to the role portrayed by Santhanam in Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru (2013),[23] and also sport a look similar to that of Ajith's look in Mankatha (2011).[12] Baby Vedhika of Nirnayam (2013) fame is also playing a role.[24] Actress Aishwarya Devan was selected to play the second heroine in the film.[25] Actors Atul Kulkarni and Ashish Vidyarthi were selected to play supporting roles.[26] Malayalam actress Lena was also selected to play a supporting role in the film.[27]

CharactersEdit

Dhanush was said to appear in four different looks in the film,[12][28] since the film is set across dfferent time periods.[29] Furthermore, K. V. Anand had stated that Dhanush will be sporting a hairdo, for the character King Ilamaran, similar to Kamal Haasan's look in the film, Tik Tik Tik (1981).[30]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography began on 2 September 2013 at Puducherry.[31] It was reported that the film would be shot across locations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Burma[32] among many other countries. In Malaysia, a football game scene was shot in the oldest English school in South East Asia, Penang Free School.[33] The second schedule took place in Hyderabad.[31][34] where a song sequence was choreographed by Baba Baskar.[31] According to unit members, Amyra stunned the unit with her perfect lip sync for Tamil dialogues and that she overshadowed the hero in some places as well.[35] By 29 May 2014, 90% of the movie was shot, including 3 song sequences. Another song sequence and part of the climax were shot on a farmland, spread over 100 acres, near Puducherry.[36][37] During the process of shooting the climax, which was reported to be a racy stunt sequence, Dhanush injured his leg severely, because of which shooting was halted for 3 weeks, after which Dhanush recovered and shooting proceeded as scheduled.[38] The team then went to Scotland to shoot for a song sequence.[39] In mid-August 2014, the filming was almost done with just a song left to be shot in Chennai on 1 September 2014.[40] On 26 August 2014, Dhanush stated that he had started dubbing for the film.[41][42][43] On 15 September 2014, Anand confirmed that the shooting of the film was completed.[44]

Themes and influencesEdit

M. Suganth of The Times of India in his review stated that the film "[had] traces of Magadheera, Enakkul Oruvan, Cloud Atlas and The Fountain" but attributed the comparison "mainly due to the reincarnation theme."[45]

MusicEdit

Anegan
Soundtrack album by
Released2 November 2014
Recorded2014
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length30:19
LanguageTamil
LabelSony Music
ProducerHarris Jayaraj
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Yennai Arindhaal
(2015)
Anegan
(2014)
Nannbenda
(2015)

For the film's soundtrack and score, K. V. Anand, roped in his regular collaborator Harris Jayaraj, to compose the music.[46] Initially, it was Harris' first and only collaboration with Dhanush.[46] The soundtrack album features six tracks, written by Vairamuthu, Kabilan Vairamuthu, Rokesh and C. S. Amudhan, and featured vocals contributed by Shankar Mahadevan, Bhavatharini and Shail Hada.[47]

In April 2014, Harris recorded a song called "Aathadi Aathadi", which was sung by Bhavatharini and written by Vairamuthu.[48] In May 2014, Harris recorded an "energetic" track, also written by Vairamuthu and sung by Shankar Mahadevan, who collaborated with Harris after Ghajini (2005).[49][50] In late June 2014, Harris finished recording a "peppy number", written by director C. S. Amudhan.[51] During the recording of Amudhan's song, K. V. Anand said that the album was in its final stages of recording and that each song would be of a different dimension based on its situation in the film.[52] In August 2014, Harris informed via Twitter that almost all the songs were completed.[53]

The music rights were acquired by Sony Music.[54] Initially, the makers planned to release the audio on September 2014,[55] but later decided to release the audio on Diwali, which falls on 22 October.[56] However, the makers announced that the film's audio will be released on 2 November 2014.[57][58] The audio album was released in iTunes on 1 November 2014.[57] The audio was launched at the Suryan FM 93.5 Radio Station, in the presence of the film's cast and crew.[59][60]

The soundtrack album received positive reviews,[61] with the song "Danga Maari Oodhari" has been praised by listeners and audiences.[62][63] Behindwoods gave the album 3 out of 5 and stated "Harris Jeyaraj in his trademark style gives a solid album for Dhanush."[64] Indiaglitz gave the album 2.75 out of 5 and stated "Harris webs his magic once again for K.V. Anand."[65] The Times of India, gave 3 out of 5 to the album and stated "Harris and Anand made a fantabulous comeback with a string of songs encompassing different variety of genres of music."[66] Moviecrow gave the album 3.25 out of 5 and stated "With a script that supposedly has a narrative timeline of more than 4 distinct time periods, the music had to be true to the period while being catchy. Harris Jayaraj had a tough job in his hands and appears to have had opted for the least risky route of keeping the music orchestration mostly contemporary. Nevertheless, Anegan marks Harris' come back after a brief struggle in form. Harris has given just enough ammunition to Director KV Anand and his team to work on the visual departments of the songs."[67] Milliblog reviewed it as "Anegan is a mild improvement, if you compare it with Harris’ last 3 soundtracks."[68] Music Aloud gave 7.5 out of 10 to the soundtrack and stated "The reuse/inspiration aspect notwithstanding, Anegan is the best soundtrack that Harris Jayaraj has produced for KV Anand from among their four outings together."[69] Onlykollywood gave 3 out of 5 to the album and stated "Harris Jayaraj and KV Anand combo has once again managed to keep their reputation intact with some lovely adopted-tunes adapted well. Anegan, though lacks inventiveness, has a variety of songs to entertain a commercial album craver."[70]

Anegan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)[71]
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Danga Maari Oodhari"Rokesh, JeroDhanush, Marana Gana Viji, Naveen Madhav5:42
2."Roja Kadale"VairamuthuShankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Chinmayi5:21
3."Aathadi Aathadi"VairamuthuBhavatharini, Tippu, Dhanush, Abhay Jodhpurkar5:52
4."YOLO – (You Only Live Once)"C. S. AmudhanShail Hada, Ramya NSK, Richard, MC Vickey, Eden4:39
5."Thodu Vaanam"VairamuthuHariharan, Durga, Shakthisree Gopalan5:15
6."Deivangal Ingae"Kabilan VairamuthuSriram Parthasarathy3:30
Total length:30:19
Anekudu
Soundtrack album by
Released23 January 2015
Recorded2014
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length30:07
LanguageTelugu
LabelSony Music
ProducerHarris Jayaraj

The soundtrack for the Telugu version Anekudu was released on 23 January 2015, at a promotional event held at Hyderabad.[72] The Times of India, gave 3 out of 5 to the album and stated "Harris has come up with a string of songs encompassing different genres of music."[73] 123Telugu reviewed it as "Harris Jayraj’s music is pretty good as all the songs have been composed and shot well. Background score is apt and suits the mood of the film. As said earlier, production values are top notch as the makers have spent enough to make their film look rich."[74]

Anekudu (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)[75]
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Bandlaguda Rowdyki"SahithiVandemataram Srinivas, Marana Gana Viji, Naveen Madhav5:42
2."Roja Kadali"VanamaliVijay Prakash, Chinmayi5:18
3."Ee Sinni Sinnari"VanamaliTippu, Harini5:50
4."YOLO – (You Only Live Once)"VanamaliShail Hada, Ramya NSK, Richard, MC Vickey, Eden4:38
5."Yegise Nadhi"VanamaliSrinivas, Shakthisree Gopalan, Durga5:12
6."Deivamu Vundhi"VanamaliSriram Parthasarathy3:27
Total length:30:07

ReleaseEdit

Anegan was touted to be the biggest film in Dhanush's career.[76] Initially, the film was rumoured to be released on 22 October 2014, coinciding with Diwali.[77] However, the makers announced that, the film will not be released in Diwali, clashing with Vijay-starrer Kaththi and Vishal-starrer Poojai, which was scheduled to release on the same date.[78] In September 2014, the makers announced that the film would be released on November 2014.[79] Furthermore, the uncertainity over the release of Rajinikanth-starrer Lingaa, and Shankar's I starring Vikram,[80] led the makers to push the film's release after Pongal, which falls on 15 January 2015.[81] On December 2014, the film cleared the censors, receiving a U certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification.[82][83] The film was later scheduled to release on 29 January 2015, but due to the release of Ajith Kumar-starrer Yennai Arindhaal (2015), which was postponed to 6 February 2015,[84] the makers pushed its release to end February.[85] Since the 2015 Cricket World Cup, is scheduled to be held from 14 February 2015 in Australia,[86] the makers brought forward its release to 13 February 2015,[87] which also coincides with the Valentine's Day weekend.[87][88]

Before its release being delayed to 2015, the film was listed by Behindwoods in its "Top 10 most Anticipated films of 2014".[89] The film opened in nearly 1000 screens worldwide,[90] plus 400 screens in Tamil Nadu, making it the biggest release in Dhanush's career.[91] The film got exemption from entertainment tax levied by the state government.[92] The film's Tamil Nadu distribution rights, were bought by Dhanush's home banner, Wunderbar Films. The Kerala distribution rights were bought by E4 Entertainment.[93] Fox Star Studios, acquired the Karnataka distribution rights.[94] The overseas rights were bought by Ayngaran International. In US, Atmus Entertainment bought the distribution rights, and released in 60 screens.[95] The film was dubbed in Telugu as Anekudu, and was released on 27 February 2015.[96]

MarketingEdit

The first look poster was released on 1 September 2013.[97] The title font was designed to resemble a gamepad.[98] A new title design and additional stills and posters were made available on 24 October 2013.[99] The official teaser of the film was released on 22 October 2014, coinciding with Diwali.[100][101] The official trailer was released on 13 January 2015.[102][103] A revised trailer of the film was uploaded to YouTube on 1 February 2015.[104]

Home mediaEdit

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.[105][106] The film's television premiere took place on 14 April 2015, coinciding with Tamil New Year festival.[107] This caused their fans becoming displeased, and requested to postpone the premiere of the film.[108] Despite that, the channel went ahead with the premiere.[109]

ControversiesEdit

A section of dhobiwallahs (laundrymen) filed a petition against the film, citing a particular dialogue, which seemed to be offensive, and degrading. They also threatened an indefinite protest, if the dialogue is not removed.[110] Following this, a revised trailer of the film, was uploaded on February 2015, in which the said dialogue was removed.[104]

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

M. Suganth of The Times of India rated the film 4 stars out of 5 and stated, "Anegan is pure camp but also a hugely entertaining one".[45] Nicy V.P of The International Business Times rated it 3 stars out of 5 and wrote "Anegan is a brilliant attempt by KV Anand, he tried a new visual style to tell his story and to an extend he was successful too".[111] Udhav Naig of The Hindu wrote, "With most commercial films recycling the usual plot and its many tropes, full credit to K.V. Anand for striving to narrate a banal plot – full of déjà vu and clichés – in an enterprising manner."[112] Another reviewer Sudhir Srinivasan wrote "Anegan...is a complex story told simplistically. Had the complexity been retained, and had the masala spoon been of a lesser size, it would have made for a great film. For now though, it will have to satisfy itself with being a hit film."[113] Rediff.com stated, "The narrative technique and interesting screenplay keep things moving at a brisk pace. But on the downside, there are far too many songs and several unanswered questions".[114] Sify wrote, "Gorgeously shot, crisply edited, and handsomely mounted, KV Anand's Anegan is a fast paced rollicking adventure ride that is gripping till the very end".[115]

Indiaglitz rated the film 3 out of 5 and wrote "Although not a masala perse, Anegan savours all tastes. There is action, a little bit of revenge, lighthearted comedy, smothering love, all served with a twist from the usual."[116] Behindwoods.com rated it 2.75 out of 5 and stated "Though there are lots of questions which can be raised on the story and happenings, the overall screenplay and editing keeps you engaged by and large."[117] Gautaman Bhaskaran of The Hindustan Times rated it 2 stars out of 5 and stated "If Anegan is a mishmash of many films that one has seen over the years, the performances are passé. Yes, a new look Karthik may be a novelty, but Dhanush appears to be disinterested in changing his style or his roles."[118]

Box officeEdit

The film collected 4.8 crore (US$670,000) in second day, 5.5 crore (US$770,000) in third day and 16.1 crore (US$2.3 million) in first weekend. The film collected 6.55 crore (US$920,000), 5.8 crore (US$810,000) in Tamil Nadu, 35 lakh (US$49,000) in Karnataka and 40 lakh (US$56,000) in Kerala. The film collected 55 crore (US$7.7 million) worldwide in third weekend.[119]

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