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Iruvar (The Duo) is a 1997 Indian Tamil-language epic political drama film co-written, produced and directed by Mani Ratnam.wikipedia
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Aishwarya Rai

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The film, which is loosely based on the relationship between cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu, features Mohanlal in the lead role along with Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai, Revathi, Gautami, Tabu and Nassar in other pivotal roles. Aishwarya Rai as Pushpavalli and Kalpana (voiceover by Rohini)
She made her acting debut in Mani Ratnam's 1997 Tamil film Iruvar and had her first Hindi film release in Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya that same year.

Mohanlal

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The film, which is loosely based on the relationship between cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu, features Mohanlal in the lead role along with Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai, Revathi, Gautami, Tabu and Nassar in other pivotal roles.
Some of his best known non-Malayalam films include the Tamil political drama Iruvar (1997), the Hindi crime drama Company (2002) and the Telugu action film Janatha Garage (2016).

Santosh Sivan

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The film had its soundtrack composed by A. R. Rahman and the cinematography was by Santosh Sivan.
He was awarded the National Award for best Cinematographer for the films Perumthachan (Malayalam/1991), Kalapani (Malayalam / 1996), Mohiniyattam (Malayalam / 1991), Iruvar (Tamil/1998) and Dil Se.. (Hindi/1999).

1997 Toronto International Film Festival

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The film was screened in the Masters section at the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival.
Iruvar by Mani Ratnam

Prakash Raj

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The film, which is loosely based on the relationship between cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu, features Mohanlal in the lead role along with Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai, Revathi, Gautami, Tabu and Nassar in other pivotal roles.
Prakash, as an actor has won a National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1998 for Mani Ratnam's Iruvar, a National Film Award – Special Mention (feature film) for the Telugu film Antahpuram, directed by Krishna Vamsi in 1998 and a National Film Award for Best Actor in 2009 for his role in Kanchivaram, a Tamil film directed by Priyadarshan,

A. R. Rahman

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The film had its soundtrack composed by A. R. Rahman and the cinematography was by Santosh Sivan.
The musical cues in the soundtrack albums for Sangamam and Iruvar used Carnatic vocals, the veena, rock guitar and jazz.

Rohini (actress)

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Aishwarya Rai as Pushpavalli and Kalpana (voiceover by Rohini)
She lent her voice to actresses like Jyothika (Vettaiyadu Villaiyadu), Aishwarya Rai (Iruvar and Raavanan), Manisha Koirala (Bombay) and Amala (Shiva). She has also dubbed for Girija Shettar in Mani Rathnam's only Telugu movie till date Geethanjali.

Revathi

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The film, which is loosely based on the relationship between cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu, features Mohanlal in the lead role along with Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai, Revathi, Gautami, Tabu and Nassar in other pivotal roles.

Gowtham Sundararajan

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Gowtham Sundararajan as Arivazhagan
Gowtham then began a career in acting, notably starring as one of Tamizhselvan's aides in Mani Ratnam's Iruvar (1997).

Krishna (Tamil actor)

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Krishna Kulasekaran as Tamizhselvan's son
He first faced the camera for Mani Ratnam's Anjali and later appeared in Iruvar and Santosh Sivan's The Terrorist.

Vishnuvardhan (director)

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Vishnuvardhan as Tamizhselvan's son
He later appeared in Sathriyan (as the young Vijayakanth) and Iruvar by Mani Ratnam again.

Kaka Radhakrishnan

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Kaka Radhakrishnan as Kasi

R. Madhavan

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Mani Ratnam also called R. Madhavan, then a small-time model for the screen test, but left him out of the project citing that he thought his eyes looked too young for a senior role.
In early 1996, Madhavan worked on a sandalwood talc advertisement directed by Santosh Sivan, who later recommended him to Mani Ratnam to take part in a screen test for a role in Iruvar (1997).

Mani Ratnam

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Iruvar (The Duo) is a 1997 Indian Tamil-language epic political drama film co-written, produced and directed by Mani Ratnam.
Mani produced his wife's directorial debut film, Indira, and the critical success Iruvar with Mohanlal, Aishwarya Rai, Tabu and Prakash Raj in the lead, his next film as director.

Madhoo

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Madhoo in a cameo appearance in song Narumugaye

Kadhal Desam

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Actress Tabu was also signed to play an important role in the film and shot for Iruvar alongside her Tamil debut film, Kadhal Desam.
Tabu was signed on to make her debut in Tamil films and worked on the film alongside Mani Ratnam's Iruvar.

Mithun Chakraborty

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Negotiations with R. Sarathkumar and Mithun Chakraborty were also unsuccessful as the pair demanded a higher remuneration, while Arvind Swamy was briefly signed on to play the role and had recorded two poems for the soundtrack, before opting out due to other commitments.
Even he could not do Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Iruvar as his character had to crop his hair, which would have affected his other 15 films at that time.

Major Sundarrajan

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Major Sundarrajan as Police Officer

Madras Talkies

Through his own directorial venture, Iruvar (1997), Madras Talkies made its debut as Ratnam's official production studio.

Tamil cinema and Dravidian politics

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The film was later retitled Iruvar (The Duo) and the idea to make a film on the lives of 1980s Tamil Nadu political icons M. G. Ramachandran and M. Karunanidhi and their influential relationship between Tamil cinema and Dravidian politics by Mani Ratnam was sparked by a conversation he had with renowned Malayalam author, M. T. Vasudevan Nair.
The fictionalised account of the troubled relationship between Karunanidhi and MGR was later portrayed in the Tamil film Iruvar (The Duo) in 1997.