Iruvar English The Duo is a 1997 Indian Tamil political drama film cowritten, directed and produced by Mani Ratnam. The film which is loosely based on the relationship between cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu, features Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai, Gouthami, Revathi, Tabu and Nassar. Rai, a former Miss World, made her screen debut through this film in dual characters. The film had a very successful score and soundtrack composed by A. R. Rahman and the cinematography was by Santosh Sivan. It was dubbed and released in Malayalam in the same name and Telugu as Iddaru

Set in the 1950s, the film begins with Anandan Mohanlal, a struggling actor, seeking opportunities which will give him a big break in the film industry. Under his uncles help, Anandan is given an opportunity to audition for the lead role in a forthcoming film. He arrives in the studio and practices his combat skills with sword props provided on the sets while waiting for the director and the crew. At this, he meets Tamizhselvan Prakash Raj, a small time writer who enters the studio with some sarcastic poetry and this prompts both into a little debate. The debate turns into a mutual respect into each other, and impressed by Tamizhselvans skills, Anandan requests Tamizhselvan to write dialogues for him to recite during the audition.With the help of Tamizhselvans dialogues, Anandan floors the director during the audition and is hired as the hero of the film. Anandans friendship with Tamizhselvan grows as a result, and Anandan is introduced to Tamizhselvans political party which is led by Velu Annachi Nassar. He grows to the partys ideology as time passes by. Anandan then marries a village belle Pushpa Aishwarya Rai while Tamizhselvan marries another village girl Revathy under the supervision of the party leader. When Anandan returns to Madras, he is greeted by the bad news that the production of the film has been cancelled due to financial difficulties. As Tamizhselvan jubilates at his partys victory, a depressed Anandan is forced to return to old ways of playing extras in the movies. He even loses motivation and doesnt act some parts out well, causing further demotion in his roles. Anandan also sends Pushpa back to her village due to his financial difficulties. At one of the shootings, Anandan is greeted by his mother and uncle with the news that Pushpa has died due to a freak accident in her house. Tamizhselvan travels down to console a griefstricken Anandan of his wifes death. ........

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