The digitally remastered version of actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan’s critically-acclaimed 2001 Tamil film ‘Aalavandhan’ is all set to be released soon, a source said.
“Plans are underway for the film’s re-release. Following its terrific reception at Fantastic Fest in the US last year, its local distributor has decided to bring it to Indian cinemas again. It has been digitally remastered,” a source close to Kamal said.
On Saturday, a leading Tamil daily published the poster of Aalavandhan, and hinted that it’s hitting the screens soon. Written by Kamal and directed by Suresh Krissna, the film is a psychological thriller which tells the story of Vijay Kumar (Kamal), a Commando and his twin brother Nandu, a psychopath suffering from schizophrenia.
Although a box-office dud, the film gained cult status over the years. It was lauded for its narrative style, especially his use of animated action.
Quentin Tarantino openly acknowledged that the animated violence in Aalavandhan inspired the Manga-style action in his Kill Bill films.
Aalavandhan is a 2001 Indian Tamil-language psychological thriller film directed by Suresh Krissna, and produced by S. Thanu. The film stars Kamal Haasan in dual roles, with Raveena Tandon, Manisha Koirala,Vallabh Vyas, and Milind Gunaji in supporting roles. It is among the earliest magic realism films in India.
The film features soundtrack composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and background score composed by Mahesh Mahadevan. The film was also shot in Hindi (as Abhay) and dubbed in Telugu under that same title. The film is an adaptation of the novel Dayam that was written by Kamal Haasan in 1984. Although a critical and commercial failure during its release, Aalavandhan won the National Film Award for Best Special Effects. Over time, the film has become acult classic.
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