Kannathil Muthamittal | Tamilian
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Kannathil Muthamittal



Mani Ratnam


Madhavan, Simran, Keerthana Parthiepan

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Kannathil Muthamittal (Tamil: கன்னத்தில் முத்தமிட்டால்) is a Tamil-language War film which is Directed by Mani Ratnam & performed by Madhavan, Simran, Keerthana Parthiepan and Released on 14 February 2002.


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    The film begins in a small village in Sri Lanka called Mankulam, where M. D. Shyama (Nandita Das) is married to Dileepan (J. D. Chakravarthy), who along with few other Sri Lankan Tamils in the village, is part of the Tamil Tigers rebel association. While having a quiet moment, the couple hears sounds of Sri Lankan army troops approaching. He asks Shyama to leave while he remains in the forest. Shyama realizes that she is pregnant and waits in vain for Dileepan’s return. Her villagers begin fleeing to India to seek refugee due to the war. Shyama is initially stubborn to leave her husband behind, but her relatives convince her to seek refuge for her unborn child's sake. The villagers board a boat to the shores of Rameswaram. On the journey, one of the rebels says that he has seen her husband, Dileepan, with bullet wounds in the forest. Shyama wants the boat to turn around but it is too late. In Rameswaram, while a local collector takes down the names of the refugees, Shyama gives birth to a baby girl. However, the urge to find her possibly wounded husband and be with her people back home overwhelms Shyama and she leaves behind the newborn girl, hoping that the girl will lead a better life.

    Nine years later in Chennai, a young girl, Amudha (P. S. Keerthana) narrates her family life. She introduces her father, writer Thiruchelvan (R. Madhavan), who uses the pen name 'Indira' for his books. Indira (Simran Bagga) is Amudha's mother, while she has a younger brother named Vinayan and another younger brother called Akhilan. Amudha's ninth birthday approaches and both of her parents take her to the temple. Indira later reminds Thiruchelvan of their promise to reveal 'the truth' to Amudha on her ninth birthday. After their prayers, Thiruchelvan brings Amudha to Marina Beach and reveals the truth that she was adopted from a refugee camp in Rameswaram and is not their biological daughter. Amudha is heavily disturbed after hearing the news and begins distancing herself from the family. Indira's father criticizes them for revealing the truth to her, but Thiruchelvan and Indira are certain they have taken the right decision. Amudha asks her adopted parents about her adoption.

    The film then flashes to nine years ago in Rameswaram, where Thiruchelvan, then a budding writer, constantly travels to the refugee camp and writes stories inspired by the people there. At one such instance, Thiruchelvan sees a newborn baby girl and writes a short story about her. Indira is his neighbour, and has always expressed an interest in him. Thiruchelvan, after a while, finds the urge to adopt the girl, but realizes that he will not be allowed to do so until he is married. He then proposes to Indira in order to be able to adopt the baby. Indira suggests the name 'Amudha' after seeing the baby once, and then adopt the baby after they marry each other. Vinayan was born few years after their marriage, followed by Akhilan, and thus, the family happened.

    Even after hearing this, Amudha is dissatisfied. She requests to meet her mother despite Indira's insistence that they can't possibly find her even if they wanted to. Thiruchelvan gives in and promises to take Amudha to Sri Lanka to find her mother. Leaving the two boys under the care of Indira's father, the trio travel to Sri Lanka and are greeted by Dr. Herold Vikramasinghe (Prakash Raj), who also helps them to find Amudha's mother. Amudha and Indira's relationship strains as Amudha becomes increasingly rude at her mother while urging to find her real mother. While taking a walk in the jungle, Thiruchelvan and Vikramasinghe are captured by a group of LTTE rebels. Thiruchelvan immediately recites Tamil poetry and is identified as Indira by the group's leader (Pasupathy). Thiruchelvan explains his motives of coming to the country, mentioning the only evidence that he has regarding Amudha's mother is that her name is Shyama. The group leader arranges a meet and says he will bring Shyama to the spot. It is later revealed that Shyama is the group leader's sister who is also a part of the LTTE rebels living in seclusion.

    The next day, Vikramasinghe, Amudha, Indira, and Thiruchelvan wait at the spot, but a sudden series of bombings break out at the place as the Sri Lankan army tries to infiltrate the hideout of the rebels. Indira gets shot in her arm in the process. The family finally leaves the place, and Amudha, apologizes to Indira and asks all of them to return to India. The next day, the family leaves for the airport but unexpectedly, Indira requests that they drive through the meeting spot one more time. As they wait, Shyama arrives. Amudha gives Shyama a photo album and asks Shyama a series of questions, some which Shyama is unable to answer. As the emotional meeting comes to an end, Amudha begs Shyama to come back with her to Madras but Shyama tearfully refuses saying that she has work to do in Sri Lanka and that someday there will be peace in the country and when that day comes Amudha should come back to her then.

    The film ends with Thiruchelvan, Amudha, and Indira hugging each other as Shyama leaves, and a teary-eyed Amudha kisses her parents, re-affirming her love for them.

    Also Known As:

    கன்னத்தில் முத்தமிட்டால்

    Release Date:

    14 February 2002


    Sujatha (Dialogue)


    Cinema Express Award (Tamil) for Best Film - Mani Ratnam | Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography - Ravi K. Chandran & Madras Talkies | Filmfare Awards South for Best Director - Mani Ratnam, Best Actress Simran | Jerusalem Film Festival for Best Feature - Mani Ratnam | Los Angeles Indian Film Festival (Audience Award) for Best Feature Film - Mani Ratnam | National Film Awards (India, Silver Lotus Award) for Best Child Artist - Keerthana Parthiepan, Best Audiography - A.S. Laxmi Narayanan, Best Editing - A. Sreekar Prasad, Best Music Direction - A.R. Rahman, Best Lyrics, Best Regional Film (Tamil) - Mani Ratnam | RiverRun International Film Festival (Audience Choice Award) for Narrative Competition - Mani Ratnam | Tamil Nadu State Film Awards (India, Creative Award) for Best Director - Mani Ratnam, Best Actor - Madhavan ) ''For Run and Anbe Sivam'' Best Child Artist - Keerthana Parthiepan, Best Female Playback Singer - Chinmayee Sripada For the song

    Production Co:

    Madras Talkies