Director Shankar blockbuster movies - Mudhalvan 1999
Mudhalvan Interesting Facts
Rajinikanth was approached for the role of Pugazhendhi but turned it down.
Ilayathalapathy Vijay was also approached for lead role. He also accepted the offer. But few days later he withdrew from the movie due to some unknown reasons
The idea for the story was inspired by Indian actor Sivaji Ganesan being named the honorary mayor of Niagara Falls, New York for one day during his visit to the United States.
Aishwarya Rai was offered the film but was not able to do it.Kamal Hassan was considered for the lead role.
Stuntman Peter Hein revealed that he worked as a body double for Arjun in the scene where he had to run nude on the streets.
The film's basic idea was inspired from Nixon-Frost interviews which were broadcast in 1977.
The song "Shakalaka Baby" was re-edited by A. R. Rahman and featured on the international musical production Bombay Dreams, which ran in Europe and North America from 2002 to 2005. This version was also released as a single.
Director Shankar noted that he was interested in casting Meena in the leading role, but he opted against doing so as the actress was working with Arjun in another film in the same period, Rhythm (2000).
S. Sashikanth, who went on to produce films like Thamizh Padam (2010) and Kaaviya Thalaivan (2014), and K. R. Mathivaanan, who directed Aridhu Aridhu (2010), worked as assistant directors
The film's total release prints were 4,876 m (15,997 ft) long. A milestone for a Tamil movie at that time.
In the Telugu version the name of the character held by Manisha Koirala was renamed from Thenmozhi to Chandramukhi
Despite the Hindi remake, the film was dubbed and released in Hindi as "Aaj Ka Nayak" by B4U Movies in 2020.
Filmfare Awards South 2000
|Winner Filmfare Award - Tamil Film Industry||Best Music Director A.R. Rahman|
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, India 1999
|Winner Creative Award||Best Villain Raghuvaran|
|Best Actor Arjun Sarja|
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