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Director:
Writers:
Mani Ratnam (screenplay)
Mani Ratnam (story)
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Release Date:
14 February 2002 (India) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Dhileepan and Shyama are Tamil-speaking residents of Mankulam, Sri Lanka, who get married with the blessings of their respective families... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
11 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(7 articles)
User Reviews:
Sensitive, top-notch film from a great director ... 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
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:
2.35 : 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:
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Sensitive, top-notch film from a great director ..., 12 September 2002
Author: learnnew from Florida

The film has Maniratnam written all over it. It is subtle in its content, yet manages to be in-your-face with some trademark-Maniratnam blunt dialogs and blunt visuals too. I've only seen Spielberg and Benigni who have managed to balance subtlety and directness wonderfully. Maniratnam is not their class but very close on their heels. At times he is better than them!

The performances are superb, the production values are excellent, particularly the camera and art direction. Yet I have to mention two let downs in the movie. One is sort of major - Rahman's background score. It had a widely fluctuating quality - at times (in the final scenes and in the scenes following Amudha's birthday) bordering on superb and at times (in most of the war scenes, in the scene when Amudha sees the young LTTE girls) downright intrusive. The second one is a minor let down - editing. The movie could have used a good 10 minute trimming in the middle stages.

The first half hour is a series of disjointed events thrown at you at a rapidfire pace, which may not be easy for even Tamilians to follow, not to say how difficult it is for the Western audience. Yet, being a Tamilian, while I relished the first half hour of the movie so much, I can't help but wonder how much of that brilliance remained after translating the dialogs. Personally I had a very hard time translating all the comedy in the movie when I attempted it for North Indians and Americans!

That said, I have watched the movie 5 times already. I don't think I'll stop watching it anytime soon. One of the best to come out of India, heck, one of the finest movies ever made. Kudos to Maniratnam and the entire team!

A hearty 8.5 out of 10.0!

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