Ammani is a 2016 Indian Tamil-language drama film written and directed by Lakshmy Ramakrishnan. It features herself, Subbalakshmi and Nithin Sathya in the leading roles. The film, produced by Ven Govinda, released on 14 October 2016.
Lakshmy Ramakrishnan was motivated to make the film after meeting an elderly ragpicker during her talk show and created a fictional story from her interaction with the woman. Veteran actress Subbalakshmi, who worked with Ramakrishnan in Gautham Menon’s Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010), was cast in the titular role, while Ramakrishnan revealed she would also play a parallel lead role. Other actors including Robo Shankar and Nithin Sathya also later joined the cast. The film was shot throughout early 2015 in Chennai.
Post-production work began in July 2015 and the team began promotions during September 2015, with teaser trailers of the film released publicly. A “curtain-raiser” event for the film was held in Kuwait, followed by the launch of another teaser in Dubai during the same month. A release date of Diwali 2015 was initially announced, but was subsequently evaded following a dispute between Ramakrishnan and producer Ven Govinda. After a further year of stalemate, the team later prepared the film for a release in October 2016.
Directed by Lakshmy Ramakrishnan
Produced by Ven Govinda
Written by Lakshmy Ramakrishnan
Starring Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, Subbalakshmi, Nithin Sathya
Music by K
Cinematography Imran Ahmedh K. R.
Edited by K. R. Rejith
Production Tag Entertainment
Release dates 14 October 2016
Running time 90 minutes