‘Iruvar,’ the magnum opus of famous director Mani Ratnam, is celebrating its 25th anniversary today. Recently, actor Mohanlal turned to his own Instagram account to share a passionate message about the film.”Iruvar, One of the most enthralling cinematic experiences of my life!” #Iruvar has been around for 25 years,” Mohanlal wrote regarding one of the movie moments from “Iruvar.”
On January 14, 1997, the film ‘Iruvar’ was released, and it was set in Tamil Nadu with a backdrop of cinema and politics. Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai, Kalpana Iyer, Gautami, Revathi, Tabu, and others were among the cast members of ‘Iruvar.’ Actors Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, and Aishwarya Rai played politicians M.G.R, M.Karunanidhi, and J. Jayalalithaa, who were largely based on politicians M.G.R, M.Karunanidhi, and J. Jayalalithaa.
Prakash Raj was finally approached by the filmmakers, and the rest is history. If things had worked out, Iruvar would have been his second collaboration with Mani Ratnam. He had previously collaborated with him in the 1991 film Thalapathi, which starred Rajnikanth in a supporting role.
Shortly after Karunanidhi’s death in 2018, Mammootty spoke about the incident, saying that declining the job was a “mistake.”
Mani Ratnam wrote the script and Santosh Sivan did the cinematography for ‘Iruvar.’ Another big star on the ‘Iruvar’ crew was the legend himself, AR Rahman, who composed the film’s music.
Iruvar appealed to cinephiles while exploring the tight relationship between politics and cinema in Tamil Nadu. It marked Aishwarya Rai’s acting debut and featured her as the female heroine. Following that, she collaborated with Ratnam on Guru, Raavanan/Raavan, and the upcoming historical drama ponniyin selvan.
Despite the controversy surrounding the subject matter, Mani Ratnam’s film ‘Iruvar’ will be remembered as one of his masterworks. The film’s most renowned single-take scene is a perfect blend of excellent filmmaking and magnificent performances by Mohanlal and Prakash Raj.
Mohanlal was praised for his depiction of the character Anandan, which is unquestionably one of his most iconic and unforgettable parts.