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Mandela is a Tamil-language political satire television film that made its debut in 2021. The film was written and directed by Madonne Ashwin on his directorial debut, and produced by S. Sashikanth and Ramachandra of YNOT Studios, with director Balaji Mohan as the co-producer under his banner, Open Window Productions. The title of the film pays homage to the late South African President, Nelson Mandela. The Mandela movie stars in the lead role, with , , , and playing supporting roles. The film's music was composed by Bharath Sankar, with Vidhu Ayyanna as the cinematographer and Philomin Raj as the editor.

The Mandela film takes place in a rural village where two political parties are vying for power in the panchayat elections, with the fate of the election hinging on a local barber's vote. The movie premiered on Star Vijay on April 4, 2021, and was released internationally on Netflix the following day. It was met with critical acclaim, with praise for its script, performances, and technical aspects. The film was shortlisted as one of 14 Indian films to be nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 94th Academy Awards, set to take place in mid-2022. The Mandela film also won two awards at the 68th National Film Awards: Best Debut Film of a Director and Best Screenplay (Dialogues), both of which were awarded to Madonne Ashwin.

Genre Political satire
Written by Madonne Ashwin
Directed by Madonne Ashwin
Starring , , , , , , , ,
Music by Bharath Sankar
Country of origin India
Original language Tamil

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