Gemini is a 2002 Indian Tamil-language film written and directed by
Saran. The film features Vikram (pictured) in the title role of a small-
time criminal and aspiring crime boss who, after falling in love, gives
up his life of crime; Kiran Rathod plays his love interest. Murali stars
as Singaperumal, a police officer who inspires and guides Gemini. Based
on gang wars in Chennai, the film delves into the lives of outlaws and
the roles the police and society play in their rehabilitation and
acceptance. Shot mainly at the AVM Studios in Chennai, the film was
released in 2002 to praise from critics for Vikram's performance, but
not for Saran's script. Made at an estimated cost of 40 million
(US$630,000), the film earned 210 million (US$3.3 million) at the box
office and became the highest-grossing Tamil film of the year. The
film's success, largely attributed to the popularity of one of its
songs, "O Podu", resurrected the Tamil film industry, which was
experiencing difficulties after a series of box office failures. The
film won three Filmfare Awards, three ITFA Awards and four Cinema
Express Awards. Later that same year, Saran remade the film in Telugu.
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