Anbirkiniyal Movie Review

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  • Review for the film: "Anbirkiniyal"
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 05 Minutes
  • Certificate: U
  • Released: 05-03-21
  • Genre: Thriller
3.25 / 5.0

Anbirkiniyal is directed by Gokul. The movie has Arun Pandian and Keerthi Pandian in the lead roles. The real-life dad and daughter play the dad–daughter in Anbirkiniyal, the remake of the hit Malayalam film, Helen. Praveen Raja and Boopathy play the supporting roles. Besides playing the lead role, Arun Pandian produces the film.


Anbu is the only daughter of the widower, Sivam. She is getting ready to move abroad for her nursing course. She works in a fast-food shop as a part-time worker. She is in love with Charles but didn’t reveal it to her dad. When Sivam finds it out, she goes missing. Sivam searches around the town for his daughter and also meets Charles to know where Anbu is. Where did Anbu go? Did she return? What happened to her? The answers form the rest of the story.

Star Performance

Keerthi is decent with her performance. Arun Pandian is good in the emotional scenes. The real-life dad and daughter’s chemistry is fantastic and they didn’t look odd on camera.


Gokul didn’t make any changes to the original plot and remade the film as it is. Most of the Malayalam films with some emotional connection will always go well with the Tamil audience, despite the remake. Films like Bangalore Days did magic in Tamil and at the same time, “Mohanlal” starrer “Drishyam” was appreciated in TN well before its Tamil remake. After the release of “Papanasam,” the Tamil audience compared both films. However, they didn’t find anything different, except for a couple of scenes where Kamal Haasan excelled. But, this might be something different with Anbirkiniyal. Although the stars couldn’t overtake Helen where “Lal” and Anna Ben pulled the audience, Keerthi and Arun had done justice to the characters given and impressed the audience. BGM is neat and the cinematography is fantastic.

What’s There?

  • The performance of the stars are superb
  • Gokul’s direction is appreciable

What’s Not There?

  • A few scenes miss the tempo


Anbirkiniyal is a perfect remake that doesn’t miss anything from the original. People, who hadn’t watched Helen, would definitely stand up and appreciate Anbirkiniyal. Even though they have watched the original, they will surely say that it is a faithful remake!