Kanimozhi theatrical poster
|Directed by||Sripathy Rangasamy|
|Produced by||T. Siva
|Written by||Sripathy Rangasamy|
|Music by||Satish Chakravarthy|
|Editing by||Praveen K. L.
N. B. Srikanth
|Distributed by||Uniq Productions|
|Running time||115 minutes|
Kanimozhi is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language musical romance film. Directed and written by Sripathi Rangasamy and jointly produced by T. Siva and Sona Heiden, it stars Jai and Shazahn Padamsee in the lead roles. The film features music composed by Satish Chakravarthy, cinematography by Chidamparam and editing done by duo Praveen K. L. and N. B. Srikanth.
The film is based on the philosophy that dreams will be fulfilled, presenting Jai as having a fetish for writing a diary, while changing things that go wrong in his life to have a happy ending. He comes across a pretty girl, played by Shazahn Padamsee, who he is intimidated by and cannot build up the courage to tell her his true feelings. Meanwhile, Vijay Vasanth also takes a liking to her and uses a different method to convey his feelings. Whom the girl falls for forms the crux of the story.
The film was launched in March 2010 and shot in 46 days, being completed in August 2010. Following the release of Enthiran and post-production works, the film was delayed by three months and released on November 26, 2010. The film was subsequently panned by critics and became a failure at the box-office. However, later in 2012 the film was dubbed in Telugu as Love Journey.
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- Jai as Rajesh
- Shazahn Padamsee as Anu
- Vijay Vasanth as Gowshik
- Ranga as Hari
- Michael Thangadurai as Michael
- Ashwin Raja as Deepak
- Ajay as Dilip
- Lakshmi Ramakrishnan
- Swati Reddy in a guest appearance
After the success of T. Siva's production, Saroja, the director of that film, Venkat Prabhu, recommended his assistant Sripathy Rangasamy to Siva for a potential collaboration. Venkat Prabhu also recommended Sona Heiden as a joint producer for the project. Sripathy had written the story of Kanimozhi in college and built the screenplay around a story based on philosophy. Siva suggested the title, Kanimozhi, in hope to build up anticipation for the film and believed that titling the film after a prominent female politician in M. K. Kanimozhi would help the film's publicity. After approaching her, she stated she had no objection with the title and praised the film's storyline. Subsequently posters emerged around Chennai without any credits attached, only featuring the bold lettering of the film's name to create hype.
After working in two films where Sripathy had been an assistant director, Jai was signed to play the leading role of Rajesh. The director suggested that he had wanted an actor who "looked 21" and Jai was "the best bet". Swati Reddy, who featured opposite Jai in the 2008 blockbuster, Subramaniyapuram, was initially considered for the leading female role but was then dropped. Swati later appeared in the film in a guest appearance during the climax. Shazahn Padamsee, who had appeared opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, subsequently signed on and made her début in Tamil films. Shazahn was approached after Sripathy was sent images of her portfolio by a model-coordinator from Mumbai, and she agreed to do the film after consent from her father, noted theatre personality, Alyque Padamsee. Vijay Vasanth was signed on to play a significant role in the film, while Ranga and Michael Thangadurai were selected to play Jai's friends. Sakthi Saravanan's associate P. Chidamparam was selected to make his début as cinematographer with Kanimozhi. While, Satish Chakravarthy was signed for the project ten minutes into a meeting with the makers of the film. Notably, T. Siva's maiden production had featured music composed by Satish Chakravarthy's father. Venkat Prabhu's editing team of Praveen K. L. and N. B. Srikanth was also retained for the project.
The film was launched in a ceremony in Chennai on March 25, 2010 organised by the producers of the film. The event was attended by prominent directors including Bala, K. S. Ravikumar and Venkat Prabhu, and several cast members from Jai's previous film, Chennai 600028. Satish Chakravarthy performed songs from the film at the event, while noted actor Nassar compered the event. Following the launch in March, the film started the first schedule in April, and completed the shoot of the film within 46 days, shorter than the average Tamil film would take to be completed. Furthermore, unlike other most other Indian films, the film was shot with live sound, while a special silent camera was also used. The sound was later mixed at Yashraj Studios in Mumbai and audiographed by Anandar Chandrahasan. The whole cast had spoken their lines on the set, with only Shazahn Padamsee's voice being dubbed. The song "Muzhumadhi" in the film, was dubbed as the "underwater song" and was completed entirely through the use of graphics, while final mixing for many scenes were record at the Sterling Sound studio, USA. In April 2010, Jai celebrated his 25th birthday while at the filming location in Chennai, with the team throwing a party for him. In June, the film progressed with Shazahn and Jai filming scenes at the AVM Studios in Vadapalani, Chennai. The song recorded at the studio ended the filming portions of the project, which was then wrapped up on June 18, 2010. Despite being a love story, the lead pair had only shot together for two weeks, although the pair have since stated that they bonded during the filming, helping the on screen chemistry of the characters. Post production works began for the film in July 2010, preparing for a release in August, however the film was later delayed and works finished in September 2010. A final press meet, two weeks before release, was held on November 13, 2010 with most of the cast in attendance. The producers released the video songs to the film five days before the film released to gain publicity, with Kalaignar TV winning the screening rights; while they also acquired the Behindwoods.com homepage for adverts during the time of release.
The producers held a premiere for Kanimozhi on November 25, 2010 at Sathyam Cinemas, Chennai for special invitees including Silambarasan, Prasanna and most of Jai's co-stars from his previous films. Shazahn Padamsee, whose Telugu film Orange released on the same day, was unable to make the premiere after suffering from malaria. The film was consequently released throughout Tamil Nadu the following day, having a bigger release in multiplexes across Chennai than Myshkin's Nandhalala, which was released on the same day. The film took an average opening at the Chennai box office, beginning in third position and completing 116 shows over the weekend, grossing 14 lakh rupees. The film, subsequently became a failure at the box office despite taking an average opening, with the presence of several other big budget films such as Enthiran, Chikku Bukku and Ratha Sarithram being played at the same time.
Upon release, the film received mixed reviews from critics, mostly criticising the screen writing from the director. The review from Sify.com labelled the film as "OK" and that for "the intentions alone, the makers of Kanimozhi deserve a thumbs-up". In regard to the performances, Jai's role was appreciated and described as "endearingly likeable", while Shazahn Padamsee "looked pretty and was photographed well" but "could have invested more energy and expression to her character". The review goes on to claim that Swati's scene in the climax "scores", and that music by Sathish Chakravarthy "are just about ok but come as speed breakers". The critic cites that "most scenes lack the energy that was required to elevate this film into a different level" and the final result is a "promising but sadly tiresome film" but that it will make you "leave the theatre with a smile on your face". The review site Top10cinema, branded the film as "average" claiming it "could have been much better". Sripathy is praised, citing that "the debutant filmmaker’s portrayal of characters is appealing" but that "the film fails to offer grippingness at several points". The performances from the actors received a mixed response with Jai dubbed as "too raw and naturalistic" and Shazahn Padamsee being likened to a "Barbie Doll without reaction". However, Vijay Vasanth's acting was described as "appeasing" and Swati's cameo in the climax was also praised in the review. The film received a similar review from Rediff.com, praising the films intentions but criticizing the final product.
The Hindu newspaper gave it a more critical review, giving a verdict that the film is "a real test of your patience" but revealed it was a "genuine attempt at creating realistic cinema that also entertains", praising the story and the screenplay. The review however concludes the script itself was limited, and the actors' performances were therefore limited. The review from Behindwoods.com was much less favourable, giving the film 1 star out of 5, citing that is "disappointing" and that it fails to live up to expectations. It cites that for Jai "it is just another film in his career" as per for Vijay Vasanth, while Shazahn Padamsee's performance is particularly criticised with a claim that she "does not seem to know the spelling of emotion in any scene". In regard to technical aspects of the film, it claims that the music by Satish Chakravarthy is "good" but the cinematography "appears bleached throughout". The direction also gains criticism for a "screenplay fails to engage the viewer and is ineffective", describing the film "as a soul-less affair".
In January 2012, it was announced that the film was being dubbed in Telugu by producer Jakkula Nageshwara Rao as Preminchava Nannu. However this led to Sona Heiden alleging that producer T. Siva had committed acts of fraud and forgery by trying to dub and sell the rights of Kanimozhi to others and thus requested the Tamil Nadu Film Producers' Council to take action. She claimed that she entered into an agreement with T. Siva, proprietor of Amma Creations, on January 28, 2010, for purchasing the entire rights to the film Kanimozhi and thus secured fifty percent for any subsequent dubbed versions. Heiden said that Siva had entered into an agreement with third parties for dubbing the film in Telugu, alleging that he forged her signature and sold the rights. However production works continued and the Telugu version's producer held the logo launch of the film during a Celebrity Cricket League match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium with actresses Bhavana, Charmy Kaur, Sonia Agarwal, Madhu Shalini and Archana being the chief guests. The film was retitled as Love Journey to capitalize on the success of Jai's previous Telugu dubbed film which had been titled Journey. The audio of the film was released after a function held at another CCL match in Visakhapatnam with CCL director Srinivasa Murthy and Srikanth being prominent guests. The Telugu version geared up for release in March 2012, but the Madras High Court issued a stay order against the release of the film's Telugu version as per Heiden's complaint.
|Soundtrack album by Satish Chakravarthy|
|Released||22 July 2010|
|Satish Chakravarthy chronology|
The soundtrack to Kanimozhi was composed by Satish Chakravarthy, for whom the film became his first theatrical release, as his previous album Leelai was delayed. The soundtrack album features 4 songs, and an additional musical version of another song. The lyrics are penned by Na. Muthukumar and Pa. Vijay while the audio rights for the album were bought by Think Music. The songs were appreciated from critics with a review citing "the music is tidy and uncluttered" and Sathish Chakravarthy’s "creativity comes to the fore in a couple of songs", concluding that the "album certainly does not disappoint".
The audio was released in a large function on 22 July 2010 at Kalaignar Arangam, with the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi and noted actor Vijay being the chief guests at the event and receiving the first copy of the soundtrack. An animated trailer, the first of its kind in Indian cinema, featuring lead actors Jai and Shazahn Padamsee was screened along with three songs from the film. Closer to the release in mid October, a theatrical trailer was released.
The Telugu version of the audio was released at a Celebrity Cricket League match in Visakhapatnam. All the songs from the original version were retained with different singers for the Telugu version, while lyrics were written by Vennelakanti and Bhuvanachandra.
|1.||"Penne Pogathey"||Pa. Vijay||Clinton Cerejo, Sam Keerthan, Timothy Madhukar, Sunitha Sarathy||4:34|
|2.||"Muzhumadhi"||Na. Muthukumar||Vijay Yesudas, Bela Shende||3:51|
|3.||"Yaaro Ival Ival"||Na. Muthukumar||Mukesh, Bela Shende, Parthiv Gohil||3:58|
|4.||"Thada Thada Endru"||Na. Muthukumar||Clinton Cerejo, Satish Chakravarthy, Leo James||4:47|
|5.||"Muzhumadhi (Instrumental)"||Satish Chakravarthy, Nathan||3:51|
|Tracklist (Telugu version)|
|1.||"Punnami Punnami"||Vennelakanti||Vijay Yesudas, Swetha Mohan||3:51|
|2.||"Evaro Ee Cheli"||Vennelakanti||Mukesh, Niveditha||3:58|
|3.||"Dhada Dhada"||Bhuvanachandra||Satish Chakravarathy||4:47|
|4.||"Manasey Poyindhey"||Vennelakanti||Christopher Stanley||4:34|
|5.||"Punnami Punnami (Instrumental)"||Satish Chakravarthy, Nathan||3:51|
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