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Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities (2004)

Delving into the limitless world of creative endeavors, and vicissitudes in the way of such endeavors, this tale of an artist and his muse, like a painting, leaves itself open to interpretations and readings by every viewer...


M.F. Hussain


Owais Husain (story, screenplay & dialogue), M.F. Hussain (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tabu ... Meenaxi
Raghuvir Yadav ... Nawab
Nadira Babbar Nadira Babbar ... Khala / Masi
Kunal Kapoor ... Kameshwar Mathur
Sadiya Turabi Sadiya Turabi ... Naghma
Zafar Ansari Zafar Ansari ... Publisher
Zainab Ravdjee Zainab Ravdjee ... Naghma's friend
Pawan Sughand Pawan Sughand ... Qawwali main singer
Madhu Gopinath Madhu Gopinath ... Kalaripallu performer
Vakkom Sajeev Vakkom Sajeev ... Kalaripallu performer
Bunty Sharma Bunty Sharma ... Boy with kite
Chettan Motiwalla Chettan Motiwalla ... Man on motorcycle (as Chetan Motiwalla)
Raisa Husain Raisa Husain ... 'Rang' exotic dancer
Sharmishta Roy ... 'Rang' exotic dancer
Ghanteshwar T. Guru Ghanteshwar T. Guru ... Man at Jaisalmer station / Photographer


A well-known Nawab, who is an author as well as a poet in Hyderabad, India, is approached by a beautiful young woman, with a heavy Hyderabadi accent named Meenaxi, to write a story on her, which the Nawab agrees to do so. When the Nawab's antique car breaks down, he takes it to a motor mechanic, and thus a story is formed in the Nawab's mind. The story takes place in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, where his lead actress is the maternal niece of the local Raja Bijendra Singh, and the motor mechanic is Kameshwar Mathur, the only son of a multi-millionaire. Kameshwar and Meenaxi meet and are instantly attracted to each other. The second scenario the Nawab creates takes place in Prague, the Czech republic, where Meenaxi is portrayed as a young woman living in a Nunnery by the name of Maria Gulcova, who has been assigned to do some research on India and it's culture. In order to do this, she meets with a young man from India, Kameshwar, and both are attracted to each other. The Nawab takes both ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Drama | Musical | Romance



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Hindi | Urdu

Release Date:

2 April 2004 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Meenaxi See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangalore, Karnataka, India See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

INR 5,403,000 (India), 9 April 2004
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While working on the film, cinematographer Santosh Sivan made a short film about Leonardo da Vinci, starring director M.F. Hussain as da Vinci. Before this film released, the cast and crew went to see a private screening of the short and each member took a copy home. See more »


Chinnamma Chilakkamma
Sung and Written by Sukhwinder Singh
Composed by A.R. Rahman
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A Must Watch For Art Lovers!!!
7 July 2013 | by mfayfay-731-317784See all my reviews

Meenaxi is an art film revolving around the classic case of writer's block! Sometimes it becomes difficult to interpret a beautiful/masterpiece paintings in appropriate words, Meenaxi is a like a painting on a canvas so gaudy, magnificent, vivid, imaginative, very open yet very difficult to interpret in first instance! The thin line between reality and imagination is crossed several times but with such a pace that is impossible to catch. The characters are well built for each scenario, the story is well woven for each three niches. At times it seems as if you are reading a book and the characters are walking and wandering around here and there on the pages searching for the length of their survival. The imagination is much stronger than the reality but it's the reality that supersedes all the three fantasies and overlaps them. Three characters played by Tabbu are done with full justice. She looks very gorgeous, strong, very beautiful and confident.

It is interesting to see that how a Hyderabadi Meenaxi dictates the writer to develop characters for her based on her personality and when compare those characters with her own personality,she refuses to be the woman of the novel and comes out of the scenario, the whole novel writing process. She continues to be an enigma from start till end. No one else could do justice to the characters played by Tabbu. She is absolutely one of the most talented actresses of movie industry. When she is quiet, her eyes speak volume. Nawab, another powerful character played by Raghubir Yadav gives a remarkable performance. He is very confident and comfortable while playing the role of a novel writer. His expressions are accurate with a full control on his body language. Kunal Kapoor is stylish and confident. Working with two great actors on set (Tabbu and Raghubir) with full confidence and required expressions would not have been a piece of cake for him, but he managed it too precisely. Nadra Babber is adorable and convincing and portrays the great potentials of her character with grace. Music by A.R.Rehman is classy, melodious, apt according to the mood of the film. After DilSe, it's his second best work. "Noor-ul-aala", "Yeh Rishta", "Titli", "Do Kadam", "Rang Hai" are of top notch. Asha Bhonsle is very expressive in "Badan Dhuwan". Cinematography is breathtaking. The deserts of Jaisalmir and the scenes pictured in Prague are of top notch. Camera work is superb, although there are some minor technical mistakes but those could be ignored easily. M.F.Hussain was a real gem as a painter as well as a film producer. It's a must must watch for art loving people!!! My ratings 10/10...!

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