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Achchamundu! Achchamundu! (2009)

As a young Indian family in America struggles with life between traditional and modern values they are unknowingly marked as a child predator's next target.

Director:

Arun Vaidyanathan

Writer:

Arun Vaidyanathan (story, screenplay, dialogue)
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Shea ... Theodore Robertson
Lucas Near-Verbrugghe ... Couple
Sneha ... Malini Kumar
Prasanna ... Senthil Kumar
Andrea Harrison ... Reporter Emily Barker
Tatiana Suarez-Pico ... Mexican Mom
Mark Stolzenberg ... Clown
Dheepa Ramanujam Dheepa Ramanujam ... Malini's Friend
Nawin Seetharaman ... Senthil's Friend
John Stagnari ... Security Guard
Tim Linden Tim Linden ... Police Officer 7
Jonathan Wu Jonathan Wu ... Person at Carnival
Vasanth Santosham Vasanth Santosham ... Ron
Naveen Nathan Naveen Nathan ... Siva
Magathi Balamurali Magathi Balamurali ... Child at Party
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As a young Indian family in America struggles with life between traditional and modern values they are unknowingly marked as a child predator's next target.

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA | India

Language:

Tamil

Release Date:

5 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I'm Scared! I'm Scared! See more »

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Project East West - A See more »
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Color
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The first Tamil language feature to be shot on the Red One Camera. Also the first Tamil film during which the director maintained an online diary during production. Also unique to Tamil cinema is the absence of any on-screen singing or dancing by any of character during the movie. See more »

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Makes Tamil Cinema International
19 July 2009 | by rsprasanna-1See all my reviews

There is a difference in screenplay structure and narrative flow between a typical Tamil film and an international film like 'Acchamundu Acchamundu'. The film is a rarity in Tamil screens - no high sentimental drama, no fussy over the top acting and staging. Just a simple, neatly made film that you will love to watch.

This is a slice-of-life film that looks at the life of a cosy little family made up of Prasanna, Sneha and their kid. The movie is brilliant when it shows the chemistry between the lead pair, and their interaction with their kid is very natural. The director scores with his nuanced handling of actors, and the dialogs are very witty and crisp. The first half of the film is a breeze, as it is filled with such nuanced tit bits of life of a Tamil family in the US. Very enjoyable! I am glad to see Arun Vaidyanathan bring back the smacking wit and brevity of Sujatha to Tamil cinema. 'A Touch of class' which is much needed in today's times of blood thirsty heros, and gory killings in the name of 'realistic' cinema.

Prasanna and Sneha have acted very well, living heir characters and doling out a controlled, under-played performance. John Shea plays a pivotal character, and I will let you see what he does, as I do not want to reveal too much.

Over all, a commendable effort at taking Tamil cinema to the global arena. Camera and sound design are top notch. Production design is neat. Music is sufficient.

I heard the film has won "Best film" at the New jersey film festival and was invited to the shanghai Film Festival in June 2009. I can see why. :)


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