Desperate measures are taken by a man who tries to save his family from the dark side of the law, after they commit an unexpected crime.


Jeethu Joseph


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kamal Haasan ... Suyambu Lingam
Gautami ... Rani
Nivetha Thomas ... Selvi
Esther Anil ... Meena (as Esther)
Asha Sharath ... IG Geetha Prabhakar
Kalabhavan Mani ... Constable Perumal
Ananth Narayan Mahadevan ... IG's Husband (as Anant Mahadevan)
Roshan Basheer ... Varun Prabhakar
M.S. Bhaskar ... Hotel Owner
Aruldoss ... Police Officer (as Aruldass)
Charlie ... Bus Conductor
Delhi Ganesh ... Gautami's Father
Sri Ram Sri Ram ... Cheramadurai
Ilavarasu ... Shanmugam
Vaiyapuri Vaiyapuri ... Hotel Owner


Suyambulingam, an uneducated but hard working and self-made cable operator leads a peaceful life in the town of Papanasam with his wife and 2 daughters. When some unexpected turn of events leads to an accidental murder, he throws himself into the quagmire to save his daughter and his family from the impending nightmare. How he fares in his ingenious attempts to extract his family out of the soup is what forms the crux of this thriller. Written by PipingHotViews

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Suyambulingam (Kamal Haasan), is shown watching a musical number from the movie Tamil movie Siraichalai, featuring Mohan Lal and Tabu. Mohan Lal did the lead role (Georgekutty) in the original Malayalam movie (Drishyam), while Tabu would go on to play the role of the female Poilce officer (Meera Deshmukh) in the Hindi remake (also titled Drishyam) See more »


The movie Anjaan was actually released in August 15, 2014 in India. But Kamal and his family see the movie at 3rd August. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to remove a scene of violence (in which a character's fingers are broken) in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available. See more »


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Every act is fair from their own perspective!
14 September 2015 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

The title represents a small town where the story takes place. An opportunity to see the old Kamal Haasan. It was like been ages, seen him in this kind of attire, especially Tirunelveli accent was phenomenal. As usual, his performance and expressions stole the show and none others were matched his par in the movie. Nothing wrong to call it was his show. Kind of addicted to 'Yeya En Kottikkaara' song. A typical Tamil song, if you are, you might feel the deep.

It was a remake of the Malayalam movie 'Drishyam', which was inspired by the Japanese novel 'The Devotion of Suspect X'. I have not seen the original movie, but seen the Japanese version based on the same book. There are no major comparisons, except the crime, the rest was completely rewritten to suit the Indian audience. But the writer denies, by saying neither book adaptation nor inspired.

I have heard that the narration was very emotional and the characters were more guilt feel than the Malayalam. Initially Rajnikath was considered for the main role, but happy it went to Kamal Haasan. None other than him would have suited better to portray Suyambulingam. He would definitely bring the emotions out of you easily. After Sivaji, he's the king of those roles. At the plenty of the scenes I was amazed by his execution, especially in the end scene when he finally breakdown with guilt.

I don't believe when people say the original version is a must watch. Every film industry in India has fine actors, especially this film recruited their best as of I have heard. So I recommend your native version or the closest one to opt. The advantage in the remakes are, a chance to fix if there were any flaws in the original. Since it was directed by the same filmmaker, I strongly suggest the neural audience to pick between the original and this one, because of the naturalistic portrayal of the rural family. But if you prefer stylish, especially for the non- Indian, there's always Bollywood.


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