Directed by John Mahendran
Produced by: C. Prabhakaran
Written by: John Mahendran
Starring: Nandha, Madhumitha, Naleema
Music by: Satheesh
Distributed by: Thamizh Thiraikkann
Release date(s): September 23, 2006
Country: United Kingdom and Canada
The love story of "AANIVAER" begins with the arrival in Omantai in Vanni of a female journalist from South India, who had visited Sri Lanka previously to gather information and photographs for a cover story for an Indian magazine. During her first visit, which lasted for a couple of months, she witnessed the happenings in the Sri Lanka and during her interviews with people and authorities developed a love affair with a Tamil Doctor cum social worker in the trouble stricken region of Tamil homeland.
Having personally experienced the pitiful plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, she goes back to South India with a heavy heart.
The love lorn journalist from South India returns to Vanni for the second time with a view to meeting the Doctor cum social worker whom she had met and loved on her first visit. Her initial enquiries to find out the whereabouts of the Doctor friend prove difficult. But she continues. The events that unfold in the movie thereafter are flash backs, and those flash backs vividly and picturesquely portray the scenes of how the school girl Krishanthy was abused, raped and bumped off as well as the pathetic scenes of Tamil exodus from Jaffna to Kilinochchi and Vanni reminiscent of the great exodus of the Biblical times.
The most revealing aspect of the movie is what it says indirectly about the political and social attitude of the Sinhalese race towards the Tamil race. Although this is the first full length film filmed in the home land of Tamils with the barest of facilities and technology the director of the film has successfully ploughed a far- from typical furrow on the firmament of cinematography.
"AANIVAER" has brilliantly proved that films can impart telling messages while appearing to be doing something entirely different. It is a brilliant film by all standards.
This is a 'Must-See' movie that should be seen by all and sundry.