Friends is a Tamil-language comedy drama film released in 2001, directed by Siddique and produced by Appachan. The film features Vijay, Suriya and Ramesh Khanna, in the title roles, while Devayani, Abhinayashree, Vijayalakshmi, Sriman and Vadivelu amongst others play supporting roles. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, while Anandakuttan handled cinematography.
Friends is a remake of the Siddique's own Malayalam film by the same name with actors Jayaram, Mukesh and Meena. It was released in January 2001 and received positive critical acclaim. The movie completed a 175-day theatrical run at the box office making it fourth blockbuster in a row for the actor Vijay and first blockbuster of actor surya.The movie was a commercial success and one among the top grossers of the year. Later it was remade in Telugu as Snehamante Idera starring Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sumanth, Bhumika Chawla.