Kadhalan

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Kadhalan
Kadhalan.jpg
Directed by Shankar
Produced by K. T. Kunjumon
Written by Shankar
Balakumaran (dialogues)
Starring Prabhu Deva
Nagma
Vadivelu
Raghuvaran
Girish Karnad
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Jeeva
Edited by B. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Production
  company
A. R. S. Film International
Distributed by A. R. S. Film International
Release date(s) 17 September 1994
Running time 170 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Kadhalan (English: Boyfriend) is a 1994 Tamil action-romance film written and directed by S. Shankar and produced by K. T. Kunjumon. The film stars Prabhu Deva and Nagma in the lead roles, while Raghuvaran, Girish Karnad and Vadivelu play other pivotal roles. The film's score and soundtrack were composed by A. R. Rahman. The song Mukkabla from the movie, became a national sensation, and owing to the rage that the song created, Kadhalan was dubbed in Hindi as Humse Hai Muqabala and in Telugu as Premikudu.

The film received positive reviews from critics and enjoyed huge commercial success upon release in September 1994. It won many recognitions and honours, including four National Film Awards.

Plot[edit]

Prabhu, the chairman of Chennai's Government Arts College, is asked by his Principal to invite the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Kakarlal Sathyanarayana Moorthy, to be the chief guest on the annual day of the college. When he goes to invite Kakarlal, he bumps into his daughter, Shruthi, instantly falling in love with her. To propose his love for her, he even joins in the same dance class as her. She too subsequently gets to know more about him and falls in love with him. Since there is considerable fear of terrorism in the state, Kakarlal does not permit his daughter to travel anywhere without bodyguards. On one occasion, she manages to give them the slip and runs away with Prabhu at a dance festival. Shortly after, there is the threat of a bomb being planted. Shruthi is immediately brought home and Prabhu is arrested. Shruthi is forbidden to see Prabhu. After being beaten severely, Prabhu is released from police custody and taken back home, tended by his police father Kathiresan. He then goes to meet Shruthi unaware of the changed circumstances. This is where he finds evidence that will lead him to a hideout of terrorist Mallikarjuna who is the mastermind of all the bomb blasts and joins forces with Kakarlal for killing innocent civilians. Kakarlal pays Mallikarjuna to put a bomb in Government General Hospital. Kakarlal betrays Mallikarjuna by killing him with a (bomb radio). Unfortunately, Mallikarjuna survives but he's wounded. Mallikarjuna changes the time, so the bomb can explode earlier. When Kakarlal shows up, he realizes that Mallikarjuna's still alive but Mallikarjuna disappears again. Prabhu & other people take the patients out of Government General Hospital. Kakarlal, Kakarlal's wife, & Shruthi get stuck in an elevator. Prabhu finds the bomb. It's hilarious that Prabhu managed to get out of the hospital ASAP, so he can throw the bomb off the bridge into the water. The bomb explodes in the water. After Shruthi gets out of the elevator, a wounded Mallikarjuna breaks from the top & electrocutes Kakalal to death. Mallikarjuna also dies because of blood loss. It's great that Mallikarjuna died. It's sad because Kakarlal died infront of his wife & Shruthi. The film ends with the reunion of Prabhu & Shruthi. It's presumed that Prabhu & Shruthi got married. This film ends in a weird situation because it's not that much of a happy ending.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Kadhalan was dubbed in Hindi as Humse Hai Muqabala and in Telugu as Premikudu and performed well in both regions. Kadhalan then went on to win four National Film Awards in 1995, securing a recognition for the soundtrack and three technical awards. Unnikrishnan won the Best Male Playback Singer with his first ever song in Tamil films for "Ennavale Ennavale". Meanwhile A. S. Laxmi Narayanan and V. S. Murthy won an award for Best Audiography, B. Lenin and V. T. Vijayan for Best Editing while Venky picked up an award for Best Special Effects.

Music[edit]

Main article: Kadhalan (soundtrack)
Kadhalan
Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 1994
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Soundtrack
Length 34:50
Label Pyramid
Producer A. R. Rahman

The background music score and the soundtrack were composed by A. R. Rahman. The soundtrack, released as Kadhalan: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, features 9 songs composed by Rahman, with lyrics scored by Vaali, Vairamuthu and S.Shankar who penned the Pettai Rap number. While the entire soundtrack was well received commercially and critically by reviewers, one song Mukkabla became recognised on a national level, becoming one of the most recognisable Tamil songs in history. The song was plagiarised freely by Bollywood's tunesmiths and nearly a dozen versions of the song were churned out, a feat that earned Mukkabla and Rahman a place in the Limca Book of Records.[1] New styles were experimented with, as in the song "Pettai Rap", a Madras bashai song which was written in a rap-like style, interspersing Tamil with English words. The synthesiser and the keyboard also feature while drawing from Tamil folk music.

In 2014, the song "Urvasi" inspired the song "Birthday" by American rapper will.i.am.[2]

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Ennavale Adi Ennavale"   P. Unnikrishnan 5:11
2. "Mukkabla"   Mano, Swarnalatha 5:23
3. "Erani Kuradhani"   S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. Janaki 5:08
4. "Kadhalikum Pennin"   S. P. Balasubramanyam, Udit Narayan, Pallavi 4:48
5. "Urvasi Urvasi"   A. R. Rahman, Suresh Peters, Shahul Hameed 5:39
6. "Pettai Rap"   Suresh Peters, Theni Kunjarammal, Shahul Hameed 4:23
7. "Kollayile Thennai"   P. Jayachandran 1:45
8. "Kaatru Kuthirayile"   Sujatha 1:31
9. "Indiraiyo Ival Sundariyo"   Sunandha, Kalyani Menon, Minmini 1:02

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Gopal Srinivasan. "The Complete Biography of A.R.Rahman - The A.R.Rahman Page". Gopalhome.tripod.com. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  2. ^ "A R Rahman collaborates with will.i.am on Urvashi song remake - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  3. ^ "Humse Hai Muqabala : Lyrics and video of Songs from the Movie Humse Hai Muqabala (1994)". Hindigeetmala.net. 2014-05-26. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 

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