|Directed by||R. Panneerselvam|
|Produced by||S. S. Chakravarthy|
|Edited by||Anthony Gonsalves|
18 Vayasu (English: 18 years old) is a 2012 Indian Tamil psychological thriller film written and directed by R. Panneerselvam starring the actor known as Johnny, Gayathrie plays the female lead role. The music is by Charles Bosco. The film is dubbed in Hindi as Anokha Jaanwar (English: Strange animal).
Karthik, a mentally unstable man, has never received love and affection from anyone. Due to his illness, whenever he is depressed, he starts behaving like an animal that he sights first.
The movie is about Karthik (Johnny Chakravarthy) who develops psychological disorder after seeing his father committing suicide. He displays the characteristics of any animal he comes across, when he is anxious. As he grows up, he meets Gayathri (Gayathrie), an orphan. Gayathri is harassed by her caretaker. Johnny is ill-treated by his mother (Yuvarani). Also her life with her paramour affects him a lot. It is all set for Johnny and Gayathri to get married. One devastating day, Johnny kills his mother. Gayathri gets shocked and she decides to fly from her lover, who runs away from the hands of law. Enters Dr. Suchitra (Rohini) Whether Johnny succeeds in winning back Gayathri's love is what the film is all about.
- Johnny as Karthik
- Gayathrie as Gayathri
- Rohini as Dr. Suchithra
- Sathyendra as Jocky
- Yuvarani as Karthik's Mother
- Mohammed Fazil as Karthik's friend
- J.Senthil Kumar (J.S) as Police officer
- Sevazhai as Police officer
- Dr. Suri as Karthik's mother's paramour
- Krishna Davinci (writer) as Dr. Suchitra's husband
- Gnanavel as Gayathri's caretaker
Vivek Ramz of in.com wrote "Even though Director Paneer Selvam has a new premise, he lets it go loose with lot of loopholes in the script. He has tried to make the offbeat theme into a mainstream one and failed miserably in doing the same." Rohit Ramachandran of Nowrunning.com said of the film "18 Vayasu, just like its protagonist, is on the brink of falling apart." K.R. Manigandan of The Hindu claimed that the film misses its mark.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Manigandan, K. R. (25 August 2012). "18 Vayasu - Missing the mark". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
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