In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones


In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones
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Directed byPradip Krishen
Written byArundhati Roy
Arjun Raina
Produced byBobby Bedi (Kaleidoscope Entertainment)
StarringArundhati Roy
Roshan Seth
Shahrukh Khan
CinematographyRajesh Joshi
Edited byA. Thyagaraju
Release date
  • 1989 (1989)
Running time
112 minutes

In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones is a 1989 Indian English-language TV film written by Arundhati Roy and directed by Pradip Krishen. It stars Arjun Raina as the title character, with Roshan Seth and Arundhati Roy in key roles.[1] The film also features Shahrukh Khan and Manoj Bajpayee, both then struggling actors in the Delhi theatre circuit, in small but significant roles. The film was the recipient of two National Awards in 1989.[2] It acquired a cult status in the years after it was made.[3][4][5] The original print of the movie is lost and the only copies of the film in circulation are those that were recorded on Video Cassette Recorder when the film was screened on Doordarshan.

Set in the 1970s, In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones is a comedy that follows a group architecture students in their final year of college.

The film was part autobiographical with Roy recounting her own experiences of studying in the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, a leading architecture institute in India.


Anand Grover, better known as Annie, is victimized for making fun of his principal, Y. D. Billimoria (popularly known as Yamdoot or Hell's messenger), years ago. At the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, Annie is repeating his fifth year for the fourth time. He spends his hours in the hostel which is the best part of his life, by 'giving it those ones' — indulging in daydreams of social uplift. His latest idea is to plant fruit trees on either side of railway tracks, where rural India defecates daily. The faecal matter will provide the necessary compost for the trees, while the trains, with sprinklers attached, will automatically water the plants.

Annie keeps two hens in his room and earns a modest sum by selling their eggs, until one day his friend, Mankind, and his Ugandan roommate, Kasozi, make a roasted meal out of them. Soon, however, hirsute Arjun and his girlfriend Radha — a non-conformist student who steals cigarettes from Yamdoot and talks back to the teachers — present Annie with a rabbit.

Many adventures later, the day to submit the thesis draws near. Annie, urged by his friends, apologises to Yamdoot. A panel of judges call the students one by one for their final interviews and the tension mounts. Radha goes dressed in a saree but wears a man's hat to detract from her sober attire. To make sure that Annie gets a sympathetic hearing from the hostile panel, Radha and Arjun work out a plan. Just when Annie is called in, Yamdoot receives a phone call from his dominating deep-voiced mother, is actuality Mankind. The trick works and the weary panel gives Annie a good grade.

At the party after the graduation ceremony, Annie arrives with heavy books under his arm, his hair shaved off and a butterfly painted on his head. He informs his friends that he has decided to study law and then sue Yamdoot. But subsequently, Annie became an Associate Professor of Design at the National Institute of Architecture, a year after Yamdoot's retirement.


  • Arjun Raina as Anand Grover a.k.a "Annie"
  • Arundhati Roy as Radha Singh
  • Rituraj Singh as Arjun Kamat
  • Roshan Seth as Y. D. Billimoria (Yamdoot)
  • Isaac Thomas as Mankind
  • Divya Seth as Lakes
  • Idries Malik as Papey
  • Moses Uboh as Kasozi
  • Jagan Shah as Medoo
  • Himani Shivpuri as Bijli
  • Shahrukh Khan as Senior
  • Niraj Shah as a Canteen Boy
  • Shantanu Nagpal as Allaudin
  • Dhianee Ji as a Canteen Boy
  • Manoj Bajpayee as a Student
  • Raghuvir Yadav as Eve Teaser
  • Sitaram Panchal as Police Officer


Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
1989 National Film Awards Best Feature Film in English Pradeep Krishen Won [6]
Best Screenplay Arundhati Roy Won [7]


  1. ^ Arundhati Roy, Author-Activist Archived 24 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 16 June 2013
  2. ^ 36th National Film Festival, 1989 Archived 16 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine Directorate of Film Festival. Retrieved 17 November 2012
  3. ^ India's lost cult films The Economic Times, 17 November 2012.
  4. ^ In a Cult of their own (Part – I) By Amborish Roychoudhury. Retrieved 17 November 2012
  5. ^ Capitally Curious Retrieved 16 November 2012
  6. ^ "36th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014.
  7. ^ "36th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals .

External links

  • In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones at IMDb