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A Peck on the Cheek (2002)
"Kannathil Muthamittal" (original title)

 |  Drama, War  |  14 February 2002 (India)
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A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, her family eventually agrees to take her to Sri Lanka, where they are abducted by the terrorist group known as the Tamil Tigers.

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G. Thiruchelvan
Simran ...
Indra
Prakash Raj ...
Dr. Herold Vikramsinghe (as Prakashraj)
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Shyama
J.D. Chakravarthi ...
Dhileepan
P.S. Keerthana ...
Amudha
Delhi Kumar ...
Ganesan
Pasupathy ...
LTTE fighter
Bala Singh ...
Shyama's father
Master Suraj ...
Vinayan
Master Kethan ...
Akhilan
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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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Deeply touching...
11 September 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival.

This is the first Indian film I've seen in the Tamil language, and while it does share some similarities with other Indian films (wonderful music and choreography, sweeping storyline), the director attempts more than just to entertain. The film tells the story of Amudha, a precocious nine-year old whose parents reveal to her that she was adopted, thus beginning an odyssey that takes them all from India to war-torn Sri Lanka. Gorgeous visuals mix with horrifying scenes of violence expressly to make a point, though it is a simplistic one. Amudha is played by P.S. Keerthana, and she is one of the few child actors I've seen who can be precocious and yet not annoying. Her charm and beauty held the film together.


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