Avec: Vikram, Sada, Vivek, Abitha, Sivakumar
Réalisateur: Shankar, Bala
Compositeur: Harris Jayaraj, Ilaiyaraaja
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Vidéo: Format 16/9 compatible 4/3
Durée: (environ) 300 minutes
ANNIYAN = ETANGER
Ambi est un avocat brahmin incorruptible et intraitable qui veut faire respecter la loi à la lettre, mais y échoue toujours lamentablement. Il prêche dans le désert pour un idéal de justice qui relève de l’utopie pour ses proches et de la bêtise pour le reste du monde. Il est amoureux de sa voisine, la charmante Nandini, mais peine à la séduire malgré les conseils de son ami Shaari (Vivek). Un jour Nandini reçoit la visite de Remo, mannequin ultra branché et sexy dont elle a vite fait de tomber amoureuse. Dans le même temps, aux quatre coins du Tamil Nadu, des personnes ayant enfreint la loi se retrouvent atrocement torturées par un justicier insaisissable, Anniyan, qui laisse derrière lui comme seul indice des mots en sanskrit écrits avec le sang des victimes. L’inspecteur Prabhakar (Prakash Raj) mène l’enquête incognito et partialement (son frère est l’une des victimes) aidé en cela par son subalterne, le sympathique Shaari (le même Vivek)...
Sethu (Vikram) is a rough and macho college rowdy and also The Students Union Chairman of the college, who uses violence as the only way to deal with people. He lives with his brother, a Magistrate (Sivakumar), and his sister-in-law, who is the only person who seems to understand him properly. The movie opens with Sethu winning the elections to the office bearers of the college's Students Union followed by celebrations and in-campus fight between the rival candidates. Sethu is called as Chiyaan (the meaning of this word was unknown until the director Bala in an annual function of the Tamil Department of The American College, Madurai said that Chiyaan means a street-smart rogue), a pet name given to him by his friends. Sethu has a staple diet of yes-sir friends surrounding him. He comes across a timid girl, Abitha, who is the daughter of a poor temple priest, and starts to woo her. When she initially rejects him, he kidnaps her and forces her to fall in love with him. When the girl falls in love with him, Sethu is attacked by brothel goons and ends up in a swamiji ashram with brain damage. With no memory of his past and having developed an unusual behaviour, he starts to recollect memories. At one point, he is completely back to his normal self and tries to escape by climbing over the gates. Unfortunately, he fails and ends up with serious injuries. Whilst sleeping with his injury, Abitha makes a surprise visit. However Sethu is asleep and she leaves with this woeful memory of him. As she is about to leave the institution, he wakes up and realises that she had come to see him. As he calls out, she leaves unable to hear him. Persistent to meet her he makes another attempt to leave the institution and this time he is successful. When he arrives at her house he is presented with his love unfortunately dead. He realises that she had committed suicide. Distraught after what he saw, he just walks out and at that point he is met with the mental institution wardens who came chasing after him. The film ends with Sethu leaving with them as he has nothing to live for after his true love's death.