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Madras Town (2010)

Madrasapattinam (original title)
A film set in 1940s India, during the country's struggle for independence. The young daughter of an English governor falls in love with a local Indian boy.

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Parithi (as Aarya)
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Amy
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Nambi
Alexx O'Nell ...
Robert Ellis
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The Rev M. Smith
Jack James ...
Governor
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Ayyakannu (as Nasser)
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Poor Villager
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Respected Villager (as Alagam Perumal)
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Villager
Omar Lateef ...
Kabir
Kishore Kumar Mr. ...
Renga
Appukutty ...
Lazy man
Sathish ...
Pachai (as Satish)
Shrinivasan ...
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After the death of her husband, Amy Smith, an elderly English woman, decides to return to India to search for her long lost lover and to return a necklace she was given. Through memory flashbacks we see how Amy as a young girl first arrived in Madrasapattinam, India in 1945 to join her father who was the governor of the city. Through some events of fate she meets Paritihi, a young Indian boy. Amy, feeling drawn towards Paritihi and intrigued by Indian culture, asks him to be her guide around the town and to show him the ways of his country. Soon a tender romance develops between them. However, Amy is too be married to officer Robert Ellis, a cruel man appointed by her father, forcing Amy and Paritihi to fight for their love. Written by Anonymous

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A Journey from Chennai to Madrasapattinam.

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Director Vijay approached Amy for the role without knowing that she had sent her photo for the auditions. They came to know about this only after their meet in London. See more »

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Pookkal Pookkum
Performed by Roop Kumar Rathod, Harini, Andrea Jeremiah & G.V. Prakash Kumar
Composed by G.V. Prakash Kumar
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Disappointing remake of Kisna
22 January 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

"Madrasapattinam" suffers a lot by comparison with the original 2005 Hindi movie "Kisna: The Warrior Poet", and for someone who has watched the original Hindi movie, it is hard to not make comparisons. It is difficult to understand why does Amy love the hero and what does the hero find in her, except their physical attributes: in the case of Kisna, that's beautifully shown in the form of poetry, playful humour (which is completely absent here) and a true tension with not only the independence of India but the violence that is unleashed as a result. More importantly, it's a local landlord who's behind the girl there, not an English officer, which seems over the top here.

The Tamil movie also suffers from too much melodrama, too many long songs, too epic a scale for something not deserving that, and too stilted acting performances: while the Hindi movie also didn't have great acting except from Oberoi, here the cast is terrible uniformly. There are too many dialogues of us (Indians) vs. them (Britishers): the film forgets that nationalism is its background and romance ought to be to the fore. The only place where this movie scores over its original is its ending: I wouldn't reveal what it is, but it is much better than Kisna's contrived ending which had the audience in splits (and one of the main reasons that Kisna failed at the box office).

I wonder what this movie could have been with an actor like Dhanush and with fewer songs, less action and less nationalism: it would have been as good as Kisna, which was a very good film.


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