Pop Carn (2003 film)

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Pop-carn
PopCarnfilm.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Nassar
Produced by Kameela Nassar
Written by S. Ramakrishnan
Screenplay by Sundara Thirumaal
Story by Dialogs: S. Ramakrishnan
Starring
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography Sridhar
Edited by Harsha
Production
company
Kana Film Makers
Release dates
  • January 24, 2003 (2003-01-24) (India)
Running time
127 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Pop Carn (aka Pop-carn) is a 2003 Indian Tamil film written and directed by actor-cum-director Nassar,[1] and starring Mohanlal and Simran Bagga in lead roles,[2] and introduces newcomers Kunal Shah and Jyothi Naval.[3] The title is short for the phrase "Pop Carnival",[4] with a story-line focusing on why marriages between celebrities can suffer due to conflicts between egos.[5] In JUly 2002 the film was reported as being "in the finishing stages."[6]

Plot[edit]

Popular music director Vikramaditya (Mohanlal) returns from a long sabbatical to work with a young music troupe and falls in love with a fusion dancer Jamuna (Simran Bagga). The two marry but fall apart due to their clashing artistic egos. Vikraman's daughter Megha (Jyothi Naval) attempts to re-unite her father and mother, but fails.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was initially set to be titled Theem Thari Kida.[7] Cinematography is by Sridhar and Vikram Dharma is the stunt master.[2] The film, which had music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja, was originally released on 24 January 2003, and later dubbed into Malayalam and released in 2007 under the same name.

Songs[edit]

Pop Carn
Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Released 4 December 2002
Recorded 2002
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 29:01
Producer Kameela K. Nassar
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Punnagai Poove
(2002)
Pop Carn
(2002)
Winner
(2003)

The soundtrack was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and features seven tracks, the lyrics of which were written by 'Kavignar' Vaali. Although the film's lead actor, Mohanlal, was said to sing one of the songs, titled "Amme Inge Vaa", it did not feature either in the soundtrack or in the film itself.[8]

Track Song Singer(s) Duration Notes
1 "Poovaitha Poovil" Prasanna Rao, Mathangi 4:42
2 "Kathalaaki Kaninthathu" S. P. Balasubramanyam, Srilekha Parthasarathy 4:25
3 "Antha Semai Thurai" Hariharan, Manikka Vinayagam, Sujatha Mohan 5:25
4 "Poovellam Paaraddum" Karthik, Tippu, Pop Shalini 1:38
5 "En Isaikku" Hariharan, Sriram Parthasarathy 4:28
6 "Naan Vachen Lesa" Srinivas, Vasundhara Das 5:19
7 "Theme Music" Instrumental 3:04

Reception[edit]

Director Nassar predicted that Pop-Carn would be "a bih hit",[9] and Sify wrote that Pop-carn "is modern family drama about relationships”, expanding that director Nassar and his music director Yuvan Shanker Raja "created a new fusion music that’s elevated and uplifting."[2]

Now Running gave the film one out of five stars, offering that "There seems to be too many flaws in the script and narration",[3] and expanded that "The film which is all about music has no noteworthy songs with the music director Yuvan Shankar Raja failing".[3] They felt however, that the film's actors and their performances made the film tolerable. Mohanlal's role as Vikramaditya was a "finely tuned performance as the popular-singer turned alcoholic", and Simran in her role as Jamuna was captivating. "Going through the myriad of emotions, Simran is at her best".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kumar, S.R. Ashok (23 February 2006). "Nasser: a one-man industry". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c staff (2003). "review: Pop-carn". Sify. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d staff (6 February 2013). "review: Popcarn (2003) (Tamil)". Now Running. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Kamath, Sudhish (23 January 2002). "Pop goes Nasser's carnival". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  5. ^ staff (2003). "Nasser". Sify. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  6. ^ staff (3 July 2002). "Simmering Simran". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  7. ^ staff. "Cinebits". Nilacharal e-magazine. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Mohan Lal sings in Nasser's Pop Corn". india4u.com. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  9. ^ staff (11 December 2002). "At home in every role". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 

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