23 years of Indian : 10 interesting facts about Shankar’s blockbuster hit


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Indian is one of the all time best films in Indian cinema. Kamal Hassan dazzles us in a double role as the film highlighted an important social message revolving around corruption. The film was a huge blockbuster. It was released on 9th May 1996. The film released on 9th May 1996. As the film completes 23 years. Let’s look at 10 interesting facts about the film.

1. Aishwarya Rai was the first choice to play the young Kamal Hassan’s pair but she couldn’t do the role due to advertising commitments and the role went to Manisha Koirala.

2. It was the highest grossing Tamil film at the time of it’s release beating the collections of Baasha..

3. Kamal Hassan won the national award for best actor for his performance in the film.

4. Nasser was the first choice to play the role of Krishnaswamy but date conflicts ensured that the role went to Nedumudi Venu. Nasser however dubbed for the character in Tamil.

5. Raadhika Sarathkumar was the first choice to play the older Kamal Hassan’s pair but her television commitments meant that the role was passed on to Kalpana and then finally to Sukanya who was very apt for the role.

6. It was the most expensive Indian film at that time.

7. It was India’s entry for the best foreign language film for the Oscars in 1996 but was not selected.

8. Kamal Hassan also won the Tamil Nadu state award and Filmfare award for his role in the film.

9. Indian’s collection was only surpassed by Padayappa in 1999. Kamal Hassan’s held the industry record twice. One was Aboorva Sagothargal and the other was Indian. Both these records were broken by Rajinikanth films Baasha and Padayappa respectively.

10. A sequel to Indian is on the cards and it will be Kamal Hassan’s last film. It has music by none other than Anirudh Ravichandar.


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