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Naan Avanillai (English: I'm Not Him) is a 2007 Tamil romantic thriller film directed by Selva. It is a remake of K. Balachander's classic movie with the same title, starring Gemini Ganesan, which was an adaptation of 1962 Marathi language play To Mee Navhech (English: I Am Not Him), written by Pralhad K. Atre and acted by Prabhakar Panshikar.

Naan Avanillai
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Directed bySelva
Produced byNemichand Jhabak
Written byK. Balachandar
Keerti Chawla
Music byVijay Antony
D. Imman
CinematographyU.K. Senthil Kumar
Distributed byNemichand Jhabak
Release date
  • 20 April 2007 (2007-04-20)
Budget2 crores
Box office8 crores

The thriller movie has Jeevan in the lead role and Sneha, Namitha, Malavika, Jyorthirmayi and Keerti Chawla as his five heroines. This movie created great expectations in the industry, because it was a hit when it was originally made in 1974. Shooting began in December 2006 and it was released in April 2007. It was a Blockbuster Hit Collecting more than 7crores in the Box office. The film became a success upon release. A sequel titled Naan Avanillai 2 was released on 27 November 2009, which was an average grosser. It was remade in Kannada as Budhivanta in 2008 with changes in climax.



The film opens with Annamalai (Jeevan), a village simpleton, being arrested and produced before a court on charges of making tall claims and marrying unsuspecting gullible women and later cheating them and running away with their money and jewels. Judge Sarada (Lakshmi) listens in the crowded courtroom as Priya (Malavika), Ammu Kutty (Jyothirmayi), Radha (Keerti Chawla), and Monica (Namitha), say that he sweet-talked them and later married and conned them. For each of his victim, he had a different name, look and profession. Sarada's daughter Anjali (Sneha), who had also been tricked into parting with some cash by the conman, takes a fascination for him as the case progresses. Meanwhile, the police officer (Raj Kapoor) investigating the case finds out that he is none other than Joseph Fernandez, an intelligent student who, due to bad influences, takes the easy way out by becoming a fraud and trickster. To all the charges against him the cool, smooth-talking, and confident Annamalai has only one constant answer - "Naan Avanillai" (I am not him).


Actor Role
Jeevan Joseph Fernandez / Annamalai / Vignesh / Madhavan Menon / Zakir Hussein / Hariharan Das / Shyam Prasad
Sneha Anjali
Namitha Monika Prasad
Malavika Rekha
Jyothirmayi Ammukutty Menon
Keerti Chawla Rani Das
Lakshmi Judge Sarada
Livingston David Fernandez
Mayilsamy Alex Thambidurai/Napoleon
Raj Kapoor Investigation Officer
Mohan Raman Prosecutor
O. A. K. Sundar Thyagu, Rekha's brother
Bala Singh Minister
Kousalya Senthamarai
Tejashree Cameo


Naan Avanillai is a remake of the 1974 film of the same name. It was also the "first acknowledged remake of an earlier Tamil film".[1]


The soundtracks were composed by Vijay Antony and D. Imman. The song "Radha Kadhal" is the remake of the song "Radha Kadhal Varadha" from the original movie Naan Avanillai (1974). All the songs in this film were received positive reviews and became a chartbusters, especially the song "Aen Enakku Mayakkam" featuring Sneha-Jeevan and sung by Sangeetha Rajeshwaran and Jayadev went on to become one of the Top 10 songs of 2007. It was nominated for 2007 Filmfare Awards.

No Song Artist(s) Lyrics
1 "Kaakha Kaakha" Vijay Antony, Charulatha Mani, Maya, Megha, Vinaya Pa. Vijay
2 "Aen Enakku Mayakkam" Jayadev, Sangeetha Rajeshwaran, Megha, Ramya, Sheepa Pa. Vijay
3 "Macha Kanni" Vijay Antony, Jayarajagopalam, Sathya Lakshmi Pa. Vijay
4 "Nee Kavidhai" Krish, Megha Pa. Vijay
5 "Radha Kadhal" V.V.Prasanna, Maya, Sangeetha Rajeshwaran, Vinaya Kannadasan
6 "Then Kudicha" Naresh Iyer, Deepa Miriam Palani Bharathi


  1. ^ "Naan Avanillai". Sify. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2018.

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