Director: Sundar C.
We saw 'Padmashree' Kamalahaasan earnestly turn saffron and reflecting on his personal identity as an Iyengar Brahmin in Hey! Ram. In Anbey Sivam, he flirts with red. Comrades Surjeet and Yechuri might be amused that someone in mainstream cinema is paying lip-service to them, but the result would certainly leave producers Lakshmi Movie Makers, veterans of straightforward masala entertainers, red-faced. Kamal says the film's use of street theatre was inspired by Safdar Hashmi and Sahmat. In an interview, he talked about how Charlie Chaplin's comedies always had a great sense of sadness and pathos woven in. Kamal thinks Anbey Sivam intelligently combines a tribute to Hashmi and Chaplin.
If Modern Times was a critique of industrial modernity, Anbey Sivam pretends to be critical of globalisation and MNCs (though Madhavan appears in a scene...