He also fails to raise civic awareness due to pervasive corruption and a general lack of seriousness.Frustrated at his inability to bring about a change in society, his suppressed anger manifests itself in an alter-ego named Anniyan, a grim reaper-themed serial killer who punishes corrupt and indifferent people.The film was notable for its recreation of the Tyagaraja Aradhana music festival and the extensive use of time slice photography in an action sequence. Manikandan abandoned the project halfway through, until he was replaced with Ravi Varman. The film was touted as the director's magnum opus and was budgeted at 263.8 million, making it at the time of its release the most expensive South Indian film ever made.Notably, it was the first South Indian film to obtain institutional finance, and it had the highest insurance coverage available for films at that time. That’s the cheapest murphy bed available, not to mention its modern elegance.
Through recovered-memory therapy, the chief psychiatrist of the hospital uncovers Ambi's past.While the film was a commercial success across South India, the Hindi version received a lukewarm response and was a box-office failure.Anniyan received positive responses from critics and audience alike and, together with its dubbed versions, grossed Ramanujam Iyengar alias Ambi is an orthodox Brahmin and a straightforward consumer protection advocate living in Triplicane, Chennai.When he proposes to her during the annual Tyagaraja Aradhana at Thiruvaiyaru, she rejects him as she cannot bear his strict adherence to rules.Distraught, Ambi attempts suicide, almost drowning himself before having second thoughts.
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