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Mudhalvan (1999)

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A man accepts a challenge to act as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for one day only, and makes such a success of it that soon he is embroiled in political intrigue.



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Cast overview:
Arjun ...
Raghuvaran ...
Vadivelu ...
Cochin Hanifa ...
Laila ...
'Kalakkal' Shuba
Vijayakumar ...
Thenmozhi's father
Manivannan ...
Chief Secretary
Kalairani ...
Pugazhendhi's mother
'Omakuchchi' Narasimhan ...
Vadivelu's Uncle
Sushmita Sen ...
Special Appearance (Song - Shakalaka Baby)


The State's Chief Minister, after being questioned by a reporter, Pugazhendi, challenges him to accept the position for a day, and see for himself the challenges that face him. Pugazhendi accepts the challenge, and immediately sets about to tour the region, suspend and prosecute corrupt officials, arrest several politicians, including the Chief Minister himself, and makes swift and decisive changes that will go to assist the most vulnerable, much to the chagrin of people in power.. After the day is over, Pugazhendi will find his and his loved ones' lives in danger as the state's machinery, as well as goons, gather together to extract vengeance. Written by rAjOo (

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Ilayathalapathy Vijay was also approached for lead role. He also accepted the offer. But few days later he withdrew from the movie due to some unknown reasons See more »


When a student tries to board a bus, the bus is crowded at the end and in next second, it seems free from crowd and then the crowd returns. See more »


Receptionist: Mr Balveshman, you have a phone call...
Pugazhendi's Friend: Phone eh? Hello?
Boss: Mr Balvesham, I heard that you called our client "Poda Panni" ?
Pugazhendi's Friend: [to Boss] I have one spot in my...
Pugazhendi's Friend: [to Receptionist] What is English for "iduppu"?
Receptionist: Hip
Pugazhendi's Friend: [to Boss] ... hip. Somebody koothing. I am Kathhing.
Boss: What kind of behavior is this? I'll fire you...
Vadivelu's Uncle: [Poke]
Pugazhendi's Friend: Poda Panni!
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Remade as Nayak: The Real Hero (2001) See more »


Ulundhu Vithakkaiyilae
Performed by Srinivas and Swarnalatha
Produced by A.R. Rahman
Written by Vairamuthu
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Read and u'll know how good it is!!!
24 February 2001 | by (Mumbai, India) – See all my reviews

You all may find this review to be a little exaggerated but that is exactly the truth. Nothing but the truth. I have to say, till this date, except for a few exceptions like the movies by Shyam Benegal or Satyajit Ray or for that matter, Satya and Khamoshi, Sholay, Angoor and a few others, I haven't seen such a DIFFERENT and THOUGHT PROVOKING, PRAISE INVOKING AND MARVELLOUS movie as Mudhalvan.

It is and will remain an eye-opener for all those in the Indian film industry who have been experimenting with the same love formula umpteen number of times and in effect, producing some of the most sensationally boring love stories of all times (Example: Kaho..Naa Pyar Hai). Hitting us like a bullet, the plot moves swiftly, never leaving any time to think. The story and screenplay, by Shankar himself, deserve mention for being creative, complete and utterly enjoyable to watch.

Shankar deserved an award for making this movie with such style and technique, while also keeping the story and other aspects in mind.

Pros. Award winning direction, dialogues, script, music, background music, cinematography, first-rate performances by Arjun, Manivannan, Raghuvaran and above all, the super climax, and excellent song picturization.

Cons. Manisha, who looks too flabby and old in some scenes

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