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Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, War | 2002 (India)
A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists.

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Mani Ratnam

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Sujatha Rangarajan, Mani Ratnam (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Madhavan ... G. Thiruchelvan
Simran ... Indra
Keerthana Parthiepan ... Amudha (as P.S. Keerthana)
Nandita Das ... Shyama
Prakash Raj ... Dr. Herold Vikramsinghe (as Prakashraj)
J.D. Chakravarthi ... Dhileepan
Delhi Kumar Delhi Kumar ... Ganesan
Pasupathy ... LTTE fighter
Bala Singh ... Shyama's father
Master Suraj Master Suraj ... Vinayan
Master Kethan Master Kethan ... Akhilan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keerthana Keerthana
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Storyline

Dhileepan and Shyama are Tamil-speaking residents of Mankulam, Sri Lanka, who get married with the blessings of their respective families. After the marriage, Shyama confides that she would like to be a mother of eight children, but she is stunned when her husband tells her that he cannot father any children until there is peace between the mainstream and the Tamils in this country. Nevertheless, they do get intimate, which results in Shyama getting pregnant. Dhileepan goes into hiding because of his connections with the Tamil Tigers, while Shyama returns to her father's house. A storm threatens their village, and they are forced to flee to a Refugee Camp in Rameswaram, India. Alone, without any support, Shyama gives birth to a girl, leaves her, and returns to Sri Lanka to be with her husband. The child gets noticed by noted Tamil author Thiruchelvan, who lives with his sister, her husband, and their son and writes books under the pen-name of Indra, who is actually an attractive TV ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Sinhalese | English

Release Date:

2002 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A Peck on the Cheek See more »

Filming Locations:

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India See more »

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Production Co:

Madras Talkies See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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The male protagonist in the movie is a part-time author who writes under a female pen name. The dialogue writer for the movie is also a male writing under a female pen name Sujatha. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut in order to obtain a PG classification the distributor chose to reduce the intensity of a battle scene by remove images of more personalized violence from the theatrical release. An uncut 12 classification was available. The film was later released on video with a PG classification however whether the cuts were reinstated in this format is not clear. See more »

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Vidai Kodu
Performed by Hariharan
Composed by A.R. Rahman
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realistic and touching ... an emotional drainer
14 April 2002 | by m_madhuSee all my reviews

Kannathil Muthamittal was simply one of the most touching and sincere movies ive seen in a long time. the story of an adopted girl who on her 9th birthday learns the truth about her parentage. she sets out in an endeavour to find out more about her real mother and learns that her mother is now a terrorist.

the greatness of the movie lies in its simplicity. mani ratnam generally has a tendency to create unreal and pompous overblown characters in this movie, every person seems real and their interactions are touching and sincere. this is the reason why this ranks as one of his best movies.

the movie is emotionally draining and tugs at the heart of the viewer, keerthana as the 9 year old amudha and simran as her adopted mother are simply brilliant. their relationship is the cornerstone of this movie. there are some notable flaws here, particularly the scene where amudha learns that she is an adopted child is jarring and seems totally unreal. it is hard to believe that such sensitive parents would break such a news in the manner that they did. another flaw is, surprisingly enough, the brilliant songs. they again seem forced and stand out, not gelling with the rest of the script.

having said these, this still is one of the most poignant and beautiful movies to come out of india in a long long time. this beauty is not just in the script or characters but in teh technical brilliance as well, ravi chandran's camera work is sheer poetry. all characters perform creditably and the realistic humour, especially in teh flashback scenes are entertaining.

a sincere 9!!


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