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Director:
Writers:
Mani Ratnam (screenplay)
Mani Ratnam (story)
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Release Date:
14 February 2002 (India) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
19 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(7 articles)
User Reviews:
realistic and touching ... an emotional drainer See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Madhavan ... G. Thiruchelvan
Simran ... Indra
Prakash Raj ... Dr. Herold Vikramsinghe (as Prakashraj)

Nandita Das ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Shefali Chowdhury ... Refugee (uncredited)

Siddharth ... Bus passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Mani Ratnam 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mani Ratnam  screenplay
Mani Ratnam  story
Sujatha  dialogue

Produced by
Mani Ratnam .... producer
Fenon J. Rodriguez .... co-executive producer
G. Srinivasan .... producer
 
Original Music by
A.R. Rahman 
 
Cinematography by
Ravi K. Chandran 
 
Film Editing by
A. Sreekar Prasad 
 
Art Direction by
Sabu Cyril 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dhinesh Babu .... assistant director
R. Kannan .... assistant director
Latha Menon .... assistant director
U. Milind Rau .... assistant director
Siddharth .... assistant director (as R. Siddharth Narayan)
 
Sound Department
A.S. Laxmi Narayanan .... audiographer
A.S. Laxmi Narayanan .... sound re-recording mixer
H. Sridhar .... sound mixer (DTS mix)
 
Visual Effects by
Ramesh Jayaraman .... digital compositor
Kamalakkannan .... digital compositor
Ashok Smith .... senior compositor
Srirengaraj .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Vikram Dharma .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven Desbrow .... camera operator: helicopter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
A.R. Rahman .... playback singer
Chinmayee Sripada .... playback singer
Chinmayee Sripada .... vocalist
Vairamuthu .... lyricist
M.S. Viswanathan .... playback singer
 
Other crew
Brinda .... choreographer
Vikram Dharma .... action director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kannathil Muthamittal" - India (original title)
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Runtime:
Canada:123 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
India:U | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud)

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Trivia:
The movie is inspired by a Time magazine article about an American couple who took their daughter to Philippines to meet her biological mother.See more »
Soundtrack:
Kannathil Muthanittal V.2See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
realistic and touching ... an emotional drainer, 14 April 2002
Author: m_madhu from chennai, india

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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