Avan Ivan (Eng; Those 2 Guys) is a 2011 Tamil comedy-drama film written and directed by Bala, who with this project directs his fifth feature film. The film stars Vishal, Arya, Janani Iyer and Madhu Shalini in the lead roles. The film, produced by Kalpathi S. Agoram’s AGS Entertainment, features music by Yuvan Shankar Raja, cinematography by Arthur A. Wilson and editing by Suresh Urs. Set in the backdrops of Theni, Avan Ivan illustrates the relationship between two boisterously playful half-brothers. The film, which was dubbed in Telugu as Vaadu Veedu, released worldwide on 17 June 2011, to mixed critical response. According to Eros International, it was successful at the box office.
Walter Vanangamudi (Vishal) and Kumbudren Saamy (Arya) are half-brothers who constantly fight and try to outdo each other. Both brothers are petty thieves and get encouragement from their respective mothers. Walter’s mother Maryamma (Ambika) encourages her son to steal and continue their “family tradition”. However, Walter, an effeminate aspiring actor, is rather interested in arts than committing crimes. The Zamindar Thirthapathi (G. M. Kumar), referred to as ‘Highness’ by the community, takes an affinity towards Saamy and Walter and treats them as his own family. He constantly encourages Walter to take up acting seriously and to be friendly towards his brother. Walter is smitten by Police Constable Baby (Janani Iyer), from whom he attempts to steal after being dared by his brother to prove himself. She finds him completely amusing and eventually falls for him. He returns several stolen goods from his home and from Saamy to rescue her from being dismissed and goes to great lengths to impress her. Saamy falls for a college student named Thenmozhi (Madhu Shalini), who is initially intimidated by his rough ways but eventually reciprocates his love.
One day, a police inspector (Chevvalai Rasu) who had insulted Thirthapathi is tracked down and punished by Saamy and Walter. While Walter takes the police truck and dumps it in the forest, Saamy is caught by the police inspector. He acts like he swallowed a blade so that he can see Thenmozhi once before going to jail. He is rushed to the hospital; on the way, he does see her and fools the entire police force, although Baby is quite suspicious. Saamy tries to bribe the doctor to lie, but she tells the police constable who only pleads with him but later gives up and releases him. Actor Suriya attends a school function in the town to promote educational awareness through his Agaram Foundation. Just as he is about to leave, Thirthapathi requests him to stay and witness Walter’s acting skills, who shows off his depictions of the nine emotions (Navarasas) and impresses everyone, especially Saamy, who is moved to tears by his performance. During drunken revelries later, Saamy reveals to Thirthapathi that he actually does love his brother, and that all the anger and hate it is just an act.
Meanwhile, Thirthapathi exposes the illegal activities of a cattle smuggler (R. K.). The smuggler loses his animal farm and is taken into custody by the police. Saamy brings Thenmozhi to Thirthapathi’s house to introduce them to each other. Unfortunately, Walter recognizes Thenmozhi as Thirthapathi’s enemy’s daughter, although Saamy was unaware of this. When Thirthapathi tells him to break up with her, Saamy refuses and attacks him verbally. He tells him that he would not understand, having no family of his own, and that no one loves him. An angered Thirthapathi throws out Saamy. Walter defends his brother, and is thrown out as well. Thirthapathi gets extremely drunk. Later that evening, both brothers make up with Thirthapathi and invite him to their home. Thirthapathi even willingly signs over his land to Thenmozhi’s father, who has been trying to get a hold of it. He organizes their marriage. A few days later, the smuggler returns, kidnaps Thirthapathi, and flogs him into unconsciousness before hanging him to death from a tree. Walter and Saamy are devastated. While Saamy fails in his attempt to take revenge, getting flogged and injured severely, Walter manages to bash up the smuggler and his men. During Thirthapathi’s cremation, we see that the smuggler has been tied down under the platform carrying Thirthapathi’s body. He is burnt alive along with Thirthapathi’s body, while both brothers dance madly.
Directed by Bala
Produced by Kalpathi S. Aghoram, Kalpathi S. Ganesh & Kalpathi S. Suresh
Written by S. Ramakrishnan (dialogue)
Screenplay by Bala
Story by Bala
Starring Vishal, Arya, G. M. Kumar, Janani Iyer, Madhu Shalini
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography Arthur A. Wilson
Edited by Suresh Urs
Production AGS Entertainment
Distributed by AGS Entertainment
Release date 17 June 2011
Running time 131 minutes