It is 24 years of Avvai Shanmughi. Let’s look at 10 facts about the film.
1. The film is loosely inspired by the 1993 Hollywood blockbuster Mrs Doubtfire starring Robin Williams.
2. The Hindi version of Avvai Shanmugi titled Chachi 420 marked Kamal Haasan’s debut as director. The Hindi version was released in 1997.
3. The opening lines of the song Rukku Rukku is taken from the 1994 Hindi film featuring Ajay Devgn and Tabu. The original Hindi song was sung by Made in India fame Alisha Chinai.
4. Shivaji Ganesan was the original choice for Gemini Ganesan’s role. But he was sick so Gemini Ganesan played the role.
5. Sanghavi was in consideration for the second heroine role which was eventually played by Heera.
6. Kamal had earlier played the role of Gemini Ganesan’s son in the 1988 film Unnal Mudiyum Thambi and in his debut Kalathur Kannama in 1959.
7. The make up for the lady getup took 5 hours to complete and lasted only for 5 hours.
8. This was K.S Ravikumar’s first film with Kamal. They would again collaborate for Tenali, Panchathanthiram and Dasavatharam.
9. Kamal and Heera had earlier collaborated for the 1995 Balu Mahendra directorial Sathi Leelavathi.
10. The film won 3 state awards for Best Make up Artist , Best Child Artist and Best Female Playback Singer ( Sujatha )