Aanivaer is a 2006 Tamil-language independent war film directed by John Mahendran starring Nandha, Madhumitha, Neelima Rani, and Mullai Yesudasan. The music was composed by Satheesh. The film was released on 23 September 2006. 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.

Directed byJohn Mahendran
Produced byC. Prabhakaran
Written byJohn Mahendran
Neelima Rani
Mullai Yesudasan
Music bySatheesh
Distributed byThamizh Thiraikkann
Release date
September 23, 2006
  • Sri Lanka
  • India


Dr. Nandha (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. Sandhya returns to Vanni for the second time with a view to meeting Nandha, whom she had met and loved on her first visit. Her initial enquiries to find out the whereabouts of Nandha 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.[1] The film was released in India the following year.[2]


  1. "Aanivaer - "Tap Root" - Movie A Brief Eye View". Tamil Sydney. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  2. Rangarajan, Malathi (17 August 2007). "Window to a little-known world". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 May 2013.

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