Release date11 May 1995 WriterMani Ratnam (screenplay), Suhasini
Indira is a 1995 Tamil film co-written and directed by Suhasini Manirathnam. It features Anu Hasan in the title role, with Arvind Swamy, Radharavi and Nassar playing other supporting roles. A. R. Rahman composed the film's score and soundtrack, while Santosh Sivan handled the film's cinematography.
The film revolves around a group of villagers from Maranur, India, and their clash with a neighbouring village leader, as their community begins to prosper. Soon money and greed threaten a will for peaceful coexistence between the two rivalling communities. The main theme involves the role of the caste system, and how the younger generation strive to overcome it. The film stars Anu Haasan, cousin of the director Suhasini, as well as Arvind Swamy and Nassar in lead roles.
Anu Hasan as Indira
Arvind Swamy as Thiyagu
Nassar as Sethupathy
Radha Ravi as Kotamarayar
Monica as younger Indira
P. L. Narayana
Suhasini offered the title role to her cousin Anuradha, daughter of producer Chandrahasan, and the actress has since noted that "it was a heavy subject for a newcomer. But I was moved by the story line and there were occasions when I was overwhelmed with emotion. Not once did I use glycerine for tearful scenes". V. Priya worked as an assistant director during the making of the film.
Indira was later dubbed and released in Hindi as Priyanka. The film won two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, winning Santosh Sivan the award for Best Cinematographer as well as a Special Jury Award for the film itself. The film however remains the only feature film that Suhasini has directed in her career.
Tamil track list
All lyrics written by Vairamuthu; all music composed by A. R. Rahman.
Hindi track list
All lyrics written by P. K. Mishra; all music composed by A. R. Rahman. Hariharan sang the song "Thoda Thoda Pyar"(hindi version of "Thoda Thoda Malarndhadhenna") originally. But S. P. Balasubrahmanyam who sang the original tamil version was extremely moved by the tune and wanted to sing the hindi version also..