Aanivaer is a independent Tamil-language war film directed by John Mahendran. Shot entirely in Sri Lanka, the film was initially released for screening in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia only. It was later released in India as well.
Dr. Nanda (Nandha) works at a small makeshift hospital that serves as the only option for the wounded and the dying from the war. He refuses to leave his motherland for greener pastures and sets out to serve his people. Journalist Sandhya (Madhumitha) comes from India for a cover story on the ethnic strife. But the witnessing of every possible cruelty inflicted on the people is too much to take. Having personally experienced the pitiful plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, she goes back to South India with a heavy heart. The love lorn journalist from South India returns to Vanni for the second time with a view to meeting the Doctor cum social worker whom she had met and loved on her first visit. Her initial enquiries to find out the whereabouts of the Doctor friend prove difficult. But she continues.
The film was shot in Sri Lanka with a story and screenplay revolving around a love story amid the then ongoing Civil War in Sri Lanka. Distributed by an independent distribution company, Thamizh Thiraikkann, the film was released in Tamil diaspora areas in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The film was released in India the following year.