Parthen Rasithen

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Parthen Rasithen
"Parthen Rasithen, 2000".jpg
Directed by Saran
Produced by Thiruvengadam
Written by Saran
Starring Simran
Prashanth
Laila
Raghuvaran
Lawrence Raghavendra
Charle
Dhamu
Vaiyapuri
Vinu Chakravarthy
Fathima Babu
Music by Bharathwaj
Cinematography A. Venkatesh
Edited by Suresh Urs
Distributed by Serene Movie Makers
Release date(s) 11 August 2000
Country India
Language Tamil

Parthen Rasithen (English: Saw Admired) is a 2000 Indian Tamil movie starring Simran, Prashanth and Laila in the lead roles and directed by Saran. The film music was composed by Bharadwaj. Much of the plot and plot elements have been lifted from the 1971 American thriller Play Misty for Me, directed by Clint Eastwood. The film was remade in Telugu as Naa Manasistha Raa with Meka Srikanth, Soundarya and Richa Pallod.

Plot[edit]

Shankar(Prashanth) is a graduate of BSC nautical science, waiting for a job in the shipping industry. He is a tenant in the house of Banu(Simran), who is his good friend and confidante. They spend almost all their time together and she seeks him out as a refuge from her step brother Panneer(Raghuvaran), whom she dislikes but is forced to live together with. Shankar falls in love with Sarika(Laila). She reciprocates but problems and misunderstandings plague their romance.

Cast[edit]

Casting[edit]

Initially Nandita Das and Simran were considered for the role of Bhanu . Saran first offered the script to Simran and she wanted to play the character since she had never played a villainous role before. Simran participated in a screen test and was confirmed for the role after she got good feedback from Saran.[1][2] Laila was selected to play the other lead after Saran was impressed by her performance in Rojavanam.

Music[edit]

The music has been composed by composer Bharadwaj and the title track still remains an all time favourite melody. The highlight of the title track is the beautiful mouth organ prelude by Mr.Venkatasubramaniam aka Kyaba of the Madras chorale group with great backing provided by ace Bass guitarist Keith Peters and the lead vocals by Yugendran Vasudevan Nair. The lyrics were written by Vairamuthu. For the first time Prashanth lend his voice for a soundtrack.

Track Song Singer(s) Duration
"Vaa Endrathu" Prashanth
"Parthen Rasithen" Yugendran, Reshmi
"Enakena Yerkanave" Unnikrishnan, Harini
"Poove Punnagai" Sonu Nigam, Vasundra Das
"Kedaikkala" Srinivas
"Thinnadhey" Shankar Mahadevan, Anuradha Sriram

Critical reception[edit]

Simran's performance received unanimous critical acclaim, gaining her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

Hindu wrote: "It is a spectacular role for Simran and she has made optimum use of it. A well-etched character which is suspenseful at every turn. Simran's eyes sparkle with animus, jealousy and venom in the scene in which she confronts Laila. Laila as the docile, taciturn beauty is an appealing foil to the fiery and vibrant Simran. Prashanth's plausible reactions to Simran's unrelenting moves, saying that he cannot think of her as a venomous person, are natural, and his performance is laudable. Raghuvaran is his usual self as the brother of Simran. There is no scope for him to show his mettle because though the character floats limpidly there is not much depth".[3]

Lolluexpress wrote: "An excellent movie and its worth watching in big screens. After watching few movie that were released in the recent times I really consider "PARTHEN RASITHEN" to be the best one".[4]

Balaji wrote: "The movie has a good story that keeps us guessing regarding the path it is going to take, a genuinely surprising twist, some nice characterizations and good comedy".[5]

Chennaionline wrote: "film begins promisingly enough and moves at an interesting pace in the first half. The script is well worked out, the director paying attention to minute details. But then he moves away from the main plot, brings in some twists and turns, gets confused and comes back to the story again".[6]

Trivia[edit]

  • Simran's first film as villain.
  • The film ran for 150 days and was declared a super hit at the box-office.

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