Aalavandhan – A film that could’ve did wonders at the box office, had the makers avoided the Bollywood movie feel (The movie was filled with lots of Bollywood artists – Raveena, Manisha, Kitu Gidwani to name a few) – Well that was a deliberate move considering that the movie was made as a bilingual (Abhay in Hindi). Nevertheless, it was a movie Way ahead of its times, with its perfect screenplay and Technical brilliance.
▶Aalavandhan was released on the festive occasion Deepavali 2001, alongside Surya – Bala combo’s Nandha, Vijay starrer Shahjahan, K.Balachander’s 100th movie, starring Madhavan – Paarthaale Paravasam, Manivannan – Sathyaraj combo’s Aandaan Adimai, Chiyaan #Vikram starrer Kasi, Prabhudeva starrer Manadhai thirudi Vittaai, Captain Vijayakanth dual role venture Thavasi.
▶Aalavandhan was based on the 1984 novel Dhayam by Kamal himself.
▶As revealed by Quentin Tarantino himself, the animated sequences in Kill Bill were inspired by Kamal’s usage of Animation to reduce the impact of violence/bloodshed in Aalavandhan.
▶ The movie was the first and only collaboration of Kalaipuli Dhanu with Kamal(As a producer. Dhanu had earlier did a one scene cameo in Magalir Mattum) . Dhanu, a name synonymous with grandeur,rich production values and novel promotion strategies in Tamil cinema, had produced Aalavandhan at a huge budget and incurred heavy losses.
▶Third movie that had Director Suresh Krissna joining hands with Kamal(other ones were Sathya, Indran Chandran).
▶Shankar – Ehsan – Loy’s first Tamil venture.BGM was scored by Mahesh Mahadevan for whom Aalavandhan was the 3rd movie with Kamal, after Nammavar and Kuruthipunal.
▶ Aalavandhan was supposed to have Simran and RaniMukherji playing leads, but were replaced by Raveena and Manisha Koirala respectively.
▶Cinematographer Tirru’s 4th movie with Kamal after Magalir Mattum, Kadhala Kadhala, Hey Ram.
▶Aalavandhan had the popular Malayalam director Major Ravi who made hit army movies like Keerthi Chakra, Mission 90 days, Picket 43.etc, making an appearance after his minuscule role in Snegithiye (2000).