Shankar’s Aparichit – The Stranger opens on 19 May

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Exotic visuals, breathtaking action scenes and well choreographed songs are the hallmark of Shankar and he does not disappoint you in Aparichit – The Stranger. Combined with Vikram’s (twice national best actor award winner) brilliant portrayal of various roles, Aparichit – The Stranger, the Hindi version Tamil super hit Anniyan, which has already created box office history by grossing over Rs 100 crores, is now all set to release all over on May 19.

Aparichit -The Stranger is the story of Ramanujam alias Ambi (Vikram), called as Rules Ramanujam as he goes by the rule book. A lawyer by profession, he reacts to people who break the rules like disobeying traffic rules, not helping people in distress, eve-teasing in transport buses, spitting on roads, not providing standard meals in trains and so on… His good intentions and proper approach do not take him anywhere. He is a stickler for rules and that does not always work. His father Parthasarathy (Nedumudi Venu) keeps advising him that single handedly he cannot change the world. He gets shattered when he realizes that his childhood friend and now a medical student Nandhini (Sada) refuses his love.

He comes across a website aparichit.com which follows the Garudapuranam, the Hindu folklore which is similar to the Christian judgment which reveals that those who commit misdeeds will be punished in hell according to the degree of their deeds. And Ambi takes the avatar of Aparichit. He kick starts a process through which he starts punishing the wicked people on earth. In the meantime, there is another character Remo, a ravishing supermodel who tries to cajole Nandhini, and she falls head over heels in love with him. Remo is none other than Ambi.

One day on seeing Nandhini cheating the income tax people Ambi transforms to Aparichit and chases her to kill her. Nandhini realizing something wrong with Ambi takes him to a psychiatrist, who discovers that Ambi suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). In a split second, Ambi transforms into Aparichit and then to Remo much to the surprise of the doctors and Nandhini. In a flashback, it is revealed why Ambi suffers from MPD. Amidst all this drama, an untiring policeman Prabhakar (Prakash Raj) gets down to track all the killings and the mystery behind them. Whether the police manage to nail Ambi forms the thrilling climax.

Vikram has three dimensions to his role. He easily slips into all three characters.

HIGHLIGHTS
After creating history with Humse Hai Muqabla, Hindustani and Nayak, director Shankar now comes with his most successful film Aparichit, the Hindi version of Tamil block-buster Anniyan.

The film, in the South, has already created a record by grossing over Rs 100 crores at the box office.

The film has five songs, tuned by maestro Harris Jeyaraj, and picturised at the cost of more than Rs 1 crore each.

For the Randam song, an entire village, including its bridges, roads, hills, trees, bushes, houses, cars and trucks were specially painted.

The song featuring Yana Gupta was filmed at a whooping cost of Rs. 1.5 crores.

For another song, the entire airport of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (one of the biggest in the world) was booked and mirrors costing Rs 45 lakhs were used.

For the first time in the history of world cinema, a record number of 240 cameras were used for the climax scenes. It was shot in a radius of 360 degrees (whereas the Hollywood film Matrix was shot in a radius of 180 degrees).

The action scenes, which last barely 3 minutes on the screen, took 29 days to execute. During the execution, 27 persons got injured.

The leading man Vikram is twice national award winner.

Director Shankar too won a national award for best direction for Hindustani.

Director: Shankar
Producer: V.Ravichandran
Music: Harris Jeyaraj
Cinematography: S.Raviverman-Manikandan
Art: Sabu Cyril
Editing: V.T.Vijayan
Dialogue: Gopal Ram
Lyrics: Mehboob, Nawab Arzoo
Stunts: Peter Hein
Choreography: Raju Sundaram