Anwar (2010 film)

Anwar is a 2010 Indian malayalam language action spy thriller film written and directed by Amal Neerad, starring Prithviraj in the title role.[3] The film was released on 15 October 2010. A Tamil dubbed version of the film was released on 19 January 2011 in Tamil Nadu. The film was also dubbed into Hindi as Diler Hindustani.[4] Elements of the film were inspired by the 2008 American spy thriller film Traitor.[5]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAmal Neerad
Produced byRaj Zacharias[1]
Written byUnni R. (Dialogues)
Screenplay byAmal Neerad
Story byAmal Neerad
Narrated byMammootty[2]
Music byGopi Sundar
CinematographySatheesh Kurup
Edited byVivek Harshan
Distributed byRed Carpet Movies Limited
Release date
  • 15 October 2010 (2010-10-15)
Running time
134 minutes


The movie is about the journey of a Malayali youth Anwar (Prithviraj) into the clutches of anti-social elements. The protagonist has another hidden agenda in joining the terrorist outfit. The movie opens with visuals of the Coimbatore bomb blast and the introduction of a special team under Stalin Manimaran (Prakash Raj) who arrests Babu Sait (Lal), a local community leader as a suspect in the bomb blast case. Meanwhile, Anwar, a Muslim youth is arrested while carrying with some Hawala money and is sent to jail with Babu Sait and his team.

Anwar performs his Namaaz daily five times. He is also fascinated by the terrorist activities of Babu Sait. Babu Sait helps Anwar in getting bail and interests him in his activities. Anwar is attracted towards terror acts and even successfully terminates two local drug dealers. Soon he becomes the most trusted and obedient right hand of Babu Sait. Anwar succeeds in planting a bomb in the police headquarters and is soon introduced to Basheer Bhai (Sampath Raj), who selects him to spearhead another big, but dangerous project of chain blasts. Their plans are to plant a series of chain blasts in Mumbai. Though Anwar goes on with their plans, he has a haunting flashback, which forms the twist in the story. Babu Sait shows the pictures of the Coimbatore blast, which diverts Anwar to his flashback. The Flashback goes like this: Anwar and his family live in a rural area of Palakkad. Anwar, an NRI, returns from America for his sister's wedding. There he meets his sister's best friend Ayesha (Mamta Mohandas), and falls for her. His family knows about this and proposes to her. She accepts. But when they go out for shopping to Coimbatore, Anwar goes out of the cloth shop for some air and a sudden blast happens, killing the whole family except him.

Meanwhile, Ayesha is arrested & then Anwar goes out to Stalin for her bail. But he refuses and says it could not be done owing to lack of proof. He then tells Stalin that he will assist in the discovery of the terrorists, which leads to the present part of the story. Both of them have a secret meeting about the bomb blasts planned by Babu Sait & Co. Stalin brings Ayesha so that they could meet after a long time. When Babu Sait's men arrive, Stalin tells Anwar to act as if they were having a fight, and one of the Babu Sait's men shoot Stalin, thereby killing him, thinking that Anwar was having a fight. But after that, Anwar is given the big responsibility of transporting the deadly terrorists to Mumbai, through a ship containing full of explosives & weapons. Anwar at first makes them think that he is on their side, but soon he blasts the ship by firing on it and killing all of the terrorists. Babu Sait becomes furious, that Anwar cheats them. When Anwar says about his parents, their flashbacks, which Babu Sait commits suicide. Anwar then calls the phone of Stalin which is under the police custody. He tells that the mission is over.

After that it is narrated that Stalin & his colleague got bravery awards but no one has recognised the near-death battle Anwar has played. The film ends when both Anwar & Ayesha are in a quiet place, living together in a small house. The end-credits rolls with the "Njan" song.



Shoot for the film started in March, 2010. The main location was Kochi.[6][7][8]


Filmfare Awards


Soundtrack album by
Released3 September 2010 (2010-09-03)
GenreWorld Music

The soundtrack of the film, composed by Gopi Sundar, was released on 3 September 2010. The album features seven songs with lyrics by Rafeeq Ahmed.

In the 2011 Vanitha Film Awards, the song Kizhakku Pookkum won three awards: Best Song, Best Female Playback (Shreya Ghoshal) and Best Lyrics (Rafeeq Ahamed).[9]

1."Kizhakku Pookkum"Shreya Ghoshal, Navin Iyer, Sabari Brothers and Raqueeb Alam5:08
2."Njan"Prithviraj, Mamta Mohandas, Reshmi, Priya and Asif Akbar3:44
3."Kanninima Neele"Shreya Ghoshal and Naresh Iyer3:53
4."Vijanatheeram"Sukhwinder Singh, Blaaze3:46
5."Kavitha Pol"Gopi Sunder and A V Uma4:30
6."Kanninima Neele"Shreya Goshal and Gopi Sunder3:33
7."A Hero Will Rise"Gopi Sunder, Navin Iyer, Sethu Thankachan and Sree Charan3:30


  1. ^ Anwar to showcase a brand new Prithviraj[permanent dead link] OneIndia – Tuesday, 8 September 2009, 11:25 IST
  2. ^ ""മമ്മൂട്ടിയുടെ ശബ്ദവുമായി അന്‍വര്‍"". Sangama Bhumi. 22 March 2012. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Prithviraj plays a terrorist in Anwar!". Sify Movies. 20 January 2010. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Anwar to release on Nov 19 in Tamil". Sify. Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  5. ^ "CineBuzz- MovieReview : Anwar -Malayalam movie". Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  6. ^ "'Anwar' producer lashes out against Amal Neerad". 26 November 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Publication | Indian Publication News | Indian Publication Aggregator | Regional Publication News | Leading Publications India". Publication. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  8. ^ Babu, Ajith (30 November 2010). "ത്രില്ലര്‍ മുക്കൂകുത്തി; പൃഥ്വിയ്ക്ക് തിരിച്ചടി- 30 prithvi under pressure – Oneindia Malayalam". Thatsmalayalam. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Mammootty, Mamtha win Vanitha Film award". The song kanninimaneele was a direct lift from foreign song rosa maria Malayala Manorama. 10 February 2011.

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