Aalavandhan (Tamil) is a 2001 released thriller film. The film directed by Suresh Krishna, stars Kamal Haasan in a dual role, along with Raveena Tandon and Manisha Koirala as his love interests. The film's score is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

This movie was simultaneously released in Telugu and Hindi as Abhay. The film is an adaptation of a novel called Dayam that was written by Kamal Haasan in 1984.


Vijay (Kamal Haasan) is the commander of an anti-terrorist squad. He gets engaged to Tejaswini (Raveena Tandon) who is pregnant with their child. Vijay's brother Nandu (also played by Haasan) is psychotic and is in a mental asylum. Vijay takes Tejaswini to the asylum so that Nandu can meet her. In his delusions, Nandu decides that she is his evil-step mother. Nandu, who killed his step mother when he was twelve, decides that he must kill Tejaswini to protect Vijay.

Nandu escapes from the asylum and begins to look for Tejaswini. In the process, he encounters drugs and kills other people under their influence. The rest of the movie deals with the encounters between Nandu and Vijay, who is determined to save his fiancee even if it means that he has to kill his brother.


  • Kamal Hassan ... Major Vijaykumar (Vijay) and Nandakumar (Nandu)
  • Raveena Tandon ... Tejaswini
  • Manisha Koirala ... Sharmilee (Special appearance)
  • Vallabh Vyas ... Dr. Srinivasa Rao
  • Milind Gunaji ... Lt. Col. Santosh Kumar



Song Singer(s)
Aalavandhan Shankar Mahadevan
Kadavul Paadhi Kamal Haasan
Africa Kaatupuli Nandini
Siri Siri Kamal Haasan, Mahalakshmi Iyer
Unazhagukku Shankar Mahadevan, Sujatha

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