Michael Madana Kama Rajan

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Michael Madhana Kama Rajan
Michael Madana Kama Rajan.jpg
Directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
Produced by Meena Panchu Arunachalam
Written by Crazy Mohan (dialogues)
Screenplay by Kamal Haasan
Story by Kader Kashmiri
Starring Kamal Haasan
Kushboo
Urvashi
Rupini
Nassar
Delhi Ganesh
Crazy Mohan
Manorama
Venniradai Moorthy
Santhana Bharathi
Nagesh
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography B. C. Gowrishankar
Edited by Vasu
Production
company
Distributed by P. A. Art Productions
Release dates 17 October 1990
Running time 162 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Michael Madhana Kama Rajan is a 1990 Tamil comedy film directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao and written by Kamal Haasan, with Crazy Mohan penning the dialogues.

The film also feature large ensemble cast alongside Kamal Haasan, Kushboo, Urvashi, Rupini played the female leads, while Manorama, Delhi Ganesh, Nassar, Venniradai Moorthy, SN Lakshmi, Jayabharathi, R. N. Jayagopal, Nagesh, Praveen Kumar and Santhana Bharathi playing other significant role. The film was a blockbuster and completed 175-day run at the box office.

The film tells a story of quadruplets, Michael, Madhanagopal, Kameshwaran, and Raju, all played by Kamal Haasan. Kamal had distinguished each of those characters with his body language and language lingo. Michael has a husky voice, Madan has an English accent, Kameshwaran speaks Palakkad Tamil and Raju speaks Madras Tamil in keeping with their diverse upbringing as per the plot. The film's climax scene is said to be inspired from the Charlie Chaplin movie, The Gold Rush.[1]

Plot[edit]

A rich industrialist marries a woman and they have quadruplets. His brother tries to have her and the newborns killed by hired goons. However, the leader of the goons, (Santhana Bharathi), having no desire to kill the babies, adopts one (Michael), drops one in an orphanage (Raju), one in a temple (Kameshwaran) who is picked by Palakkad Mani Iyer (Delhi Ganesh), and one (Madhan) in a car that belongs to the babies' biological father.

Years roll by. The industrialist raises Madhan as his adopted son, not knowing he is in fact his biological son. He is killed by his brother and nephew for his inheritance, but unknown to them, the will has already named Madhan as the beneficiary. Madhan confronts Avinashi (Nagesh), his father’s assistant, over his embezzlement. Meanwhile, Michael has become a forger, and while escaping with his adopted father from the police, accidentally causes a fire in an art gallery where Shalini's (Kushboo) paintings are being displayed for exhibition. A firefighter, the adult Raju, saves Shalini and her paintings, leading to romance. Raju is also in debt to a money-lender over a failed stage play. While evading him, the fourth character Kameshwaran is introduced as being a cook for weddings and special events. He meets Thirupurasundari (Urvashi), and her grandmother (S. N. Lakshmi), a kleptomaniac. Eventually Kameshwaran marries Thirupurasundari.

Madhan gets a phone call that his dad's death wasn't an accident, but that it was planned, and gives him an address in Chennai and a time to meet. After some distractions involving Chakkubai (Roopini) and her mother Gangubai (Manorama), Madhan meets the caller Sushila (Jayabharathi). While escaping from killers in a car, Madhan meets Raju, and hires him to impersonate him in Bangalore while Madhan investigates in Chennai. Meanwhile Nasser and his father have hired a killer (Michael) to kill Madhan. Michael sabotages Madhan's car, not realizing it's Raju and not Madhan. The brakes fail on the highway, but Raju brings the car to a safe stop. Sushila meets with him thinking he's Madhan, but he redirects her to the real Madhan in Chennai. Raju, Shalini and her father arrive at Madhan's house in Bangalore. Raju confiscates Avinashi's money not knowing the deal Madhan made with Avinashi.

Meanwhile, Michael has found the real Madhan in Chennai, and follows him, Chakkubai, Gangubai, and Sushila to Sushila's home where it is revealed that Madhan's father is alive but dazed from the assassination attempt. Michael and his father arrive at the scene. Sushila recognizes the father as the person who had taken her quadruplets and realizes that Michael and Madhan are both her biological sons. Michael and his father knock all of them unconscious and kidnap Madhan and the others to a mountain cabin near Bangalore.

Avinashi chances upon Kameshwaran, and hires him to impersonate Madhan to retrieve the money that Raju confiscated. Raju and Shalini plan to meet without their father knowing. Avinashi drugs Raju’s soup but the soup is eaten by the wrong person. Raju and Shalini meet and profess their love for one another. Michael and his father arrive at Madhan's house to loot it. Michael sees Raju, mistakes him for Madhan and thinks that Madhan has escaped from the cabin. He knocks Raju unconscious. Avinashi sees the unconscious Raju, assumes it was the effect of his drugged soup, and brings Kameshwaran into the house to retrieve his money. Kameshwaran is mistaken for Raju by Shalini who then tries to get intimate with him. Thirupu and her grandmother drag Kameshwaran away from her. Shalini then witnesses Kameshwaran hugging Thirupu. This enrages her as she thinks that Raju is two-timing her. Chakkubai and Gangubai also arrive at the house in search of Madhan and Chakkubai introduces herself to everyone as Madhan’s fiancée. Shalini takes a hunting rifle and holds everyone at gunpoint. Avinashi and the rest try to tell her that Kameshwaran is not Madhan/Raju but she doesn’t believe them. Meanwhile, the real Madhan has escaped the cabin with his parents and comes to the house. In the confusion, Michael escapes and goes to the cabin. The rest of the crew all follows them back to the cabin in multiple cars.

Nasser is already present in the cabin and holds everyone at gunpoint as they arrive one by one. All the brothers finally are in the same room and Sushila tells them that they are her quadruplets. The presence of all the people in the small cabin causes it to tilt over the cliff edge. The bad guys are knocked out and the four brothers work together to safely get everyone out of the cabin. Everyone is happy as they are finally together.

Cast[edit]

  • Kamal Hassan as Michael (small time crook), Madhana Gopal (Madhan) (a wealthy and brooding heir), Kameshwaran (Kamu) (naive cook) and Subramaniam Raju (Raju) (a happy-go-lucky, street smart firefighter).
  • Kushboo as Shalini Shivaraman. Shalini is a painter who falls in love with Raju.
  • Urvashi as Thiripurasundari . Thiripurasundari marries Kameshwaran.
  • Rupini as ChakkuBai, dancer, and stage artist. She plays Madhan's romantic interest.
  • Manorama as GangaBai, ChakkuBai's mother
  • Delhi Ganesh as Palakkad Mani Iyer, a cook, Kameshwaran's foster father
  • Nassar as RamGopal, Madhan's cousin
  • Venniradai Moorthy as Shivaraman. Shalini's father.
  • SN Lakshmi as Thiripurasundari's grandmother
  • Jayabharathi as Suseela. Mother of the four boys.
  • R. N. Krishna Prasad as Venugopal, Father of the four boys.
  • R. N. Jayagopal as Nandagopal, Madhan's uncle.
  • Nagesh as Avinashi, Madhan's manager
  • Praveen Kumar as Bheem, Madhan's bodyguard
  • Santhana Bharathi as Michael's foster father
  • Singeetham Srinivasa Rao as travelling singer
  • Crazy Mohan as shop owner
  • Typist Gopu
  • Usilai Mani
  • Ponnambalam as Assassin 1
  • Crazy Venkatesh as Assasin 2
  • RS Sivaji
  • Mayilsamy

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack consist of five memorable songs composed by Ilayaraja. The Sundari neeyum song was sung by Kamal Hassan. This song is particularly striking for the Malayalam lyrics thrown in for good measure. This was the first song in Indian Cinema to run in slow-motion full length. For Sundari Neeyum, Kamal wanted a song like "Margazhi Thingal", a verse from Thiruppaavai. Yesudas was supposed to sing the song but due to his busy schedules Ilayaraja insisted Kamal to sing the song.[2] Rum bum bum is yet another fast melody and is a huge hit in college setting till date.[3]

Michael Madhana Kamarajan
Studio album by Ilayaraja
Released 30 June 1990
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Ayngaran International
Producer Ilaiyaraaja
No. Song Singers Lyrics Notes Characters Featured
1 "Kadha Kelu Kadha Kelu" Ilaiyaraaja Panju Arunachalam Narrator (Singeetam Srinivasa Rao)
2 "Rum Bum Bum Arambum" S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, K.S. Chithra Vaali Raju and Shalini
3 "Siva Rathiri" K.S. Chithra, Mano Vaali Madhan and ChakkuBai
4 "Sundhari Neeyum Sundharan Njanum" Kamal Hassan, S. Janaki Panju Arunachalam This was shot by playing the song at twice the original speed. Kameshwaran and Thiripurasundari
5 "Vechalum Vekkama Ponnalum" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki Vaali Raju and Shalini

Reception[edit]

IndiaGlitz said, "The Mother of all comedy flicks is what this movie is. Featuring a large ensemble cast, this picture portrays Kamal in four contrasting roles separated by birth and reunion in later part of their life. If you want to go down laughing on 21st December, then this is the movie you should be watching."[4] Singer Mahathi said, "I have always loved the ‘Crazy’ Mohan and Kamal Hassan combination. Especially in Michael Madana Kamarajan where Kamal brings out so much from every character, playing it so differently from the other."[5]

Kamal Haasan's performance as all four quadruplets is top class and he showcases his versatility in a single movie. He has four different types of body language and four different slang terms for the roles. It also won Kamal Haasan many accolades and recognition for his versatile acting and comic timing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hindu.com/fr/2008/01/04/stories/2008010450730200.htm
  2. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/and-more-on-the-ilaiyaraaja-connection/article6379569.ece
  3. ^ http://www.musicindiaonline.com/music/tamil/s/movie_name.4851/
  4. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/article/89358.html
  5. ^ http://www.hindu.com/cp/2008/01/25/stories/2008012550120400.htm

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