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Ethirum Puthirum (English: Different poles) is a 1999 Tamil-language action-drama film directed by Dharani under his real name V. C. Ramani. Produced by G. S. Madhu, the film stars Mammootty, Napoleon, Sangita, and Manorama in the lead roles, while Goundamani, Senthil, and Nassar play supporting roles. The music was composed by Vidyasagar with editing by B. S. Nagarajan and cinematography by A. Karthik Raja. The film released on 4 March 1999.
|Produced by||G. S. Madhu|
|Written by||E. Ramdoss (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||V. C. Ramani|
|Story by||E. K. Maharajan|
|Cinematography||A. Karthik Raja|
|Edited by||B. S. Nagarajan|
Madhu Film Internationals
|Distributed by||Madhu Film Internationals|
Kannan (Mammootty) is a sincere district collector. A female leader of a major political party is kidnapped by terrorist Veeraiyan (Nassar), and he promises to return her back if his injured brother Arasappan (Napoleon) is treated well and brought back safely. The government agrees to this condition and asks Kannan to look after Arasappan. At first, Arasappan hates Kannan and his family as Kannan works for the government against whom his brother's group is rebelling, but the kindness shown by Kannan's wife Selvi (Sangita) and mother (Manorama) change his attitude. Just when he was about to turn over a new leaf, a bad thing occurs. The police team, without taking the necessary orders from Kannan, go to the forest and attack Veeraiyan's gathering. This angers Arasappan, but he was restrained by Kannan. the police accuses Kannan of having links with the terrorists as Arasappan ran away from his house and Kannan condemned the police action; hence, they arrest Kannan's wife and mother (Kannan ran away to find Arasappan). Hearing this sad news, Arasappan himself surrenders to the police as he did not want them to suffer for him, but the police do not spare him despite his surrender.
- Mammootty as Collector Kannan
- Napoleon as Arasappan
- Sangita as Selvi
- Manorama as Kannan's mother
- Goundamani as Auto Driver
- Nassar as Veeraiyan
- Charan Raj as Devaraj
- Raadhika as Dr. Jayanthi
- Sangili Murugan as Panchayat Thalaivar
- Uday Prakash as Inspector
- Perarasu as Doctor
- Madhan Bob
- Raju Sundaram (special appearance in "Thottu Thottu")
- Simran (special appearance in "Thottu Thottu")
The film was initially titled Master and production delays postponed the film's release by a couple of years. Soundarya was the original choice for the female lead role, while the item number done by Simran was initially offered to actress Rambha, who wanted better pay.
|"Thottu Thottu Pesum"||Swarnalatha, Pushpavanam Kuppusamy|
|"Kathu Pasanga"||Pushpavanam Kuppusamy, Malaysia Vasudevan, Anuradha Sriram|
|"Maruthaani Thottu"||Sujatha Mohan, Malaysia Vasudevan|
|"Ellorukkum Oru"||Anuradha Sriram|
The film was initially scheduled to release on 19 October 1998 to coincide with Diwali, but was delayed by five months. Prior to the theatrical release of the film, pirated copies were released and streamed on television, which ultimately affected the profitability of the film.