20 years of 12B : Interesting facts about the movie

Tamil romance drama 12B marked the directorial debut of former cinematographer Jeeva. The 2001 movie also marks Shaam Ibrahim acting debut and features Simran and Jyothika in pivotal roles. Suniel Shetty and Moonmoon Sen were roped in to play cameo roles in 12B. The film was released on 28 September 2001 to above-average reviews. Critics praised the new concept but criticised the narrative, which they found confusing.

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Here are some interesting facts about 12B !

The plot was loosely based on Sliding Doors.

The plot of 12B is loosely based on the 1998 British-American romantic drama film Sliding Doors. Both the films explored the dual narrative. 12B received mixed reviews. While some found the concept really interesting, others found it confusing.

12B marked Jeeva’s directorial debut.

Jeeva, who had worked as a cinematographer in films like Kadhalan, Gentleman, Indian, Vaali, Kushi and Snegithiye, took the plunge into direction with romance drama 12B. He subsequently directed Ullam Ketkume, Unnale Unnale and Run (Hindi version). The director passed away while filming the last schedule of Dhaam Dhoom starring Jayam Ravi, Kangana Ranaut and Laxmi Raai in the coming years.

Shaam made his debut as lead actor.

Shaam Ibrahim, a former professional model, made his debut as a lead actor in Jeeva directorial 12B. Sources said the director was looking for a new face to play the lead role in his directorial debut was instanly impressed by Shaam during their introduction. Shaam delivered an incredible performance in 12B.  

Music for 12B was a chartbuster.

Composed by Harris Jayaraj, the songs Love Pannu (KK, Prashanthini), Sariya Thavara (Samantha Etlar), Mutham Mutham (KK, Mahalakshmi Iyer, KK), Poove Vai Pesum Pothu (Mahalakshmi Iyer,Harish Raghavendra), Jothi Neranjava (Sukhwinder Singh, Febi Mani), Anandam (Premji Amaren, Clinton Cerejo, O Nenjae (Sujatha Rao), Oru Paarvai Paar (Karthik) and Party Music (Instrumental, Shehnai Pandit S Ballesh).


The 2001 film introduced the use of dual narrative to Tamil cinema; it depicts events in a man’s life that depend on whether he catches a bus. Critics praised the new concept but criticised the narrative, which they found confusing.


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