|Directed by||K. S. Ravi|
|Produced by||R. B. Choudary|
|Written by||K. S. Ravi
|Music by||Mani Sharma|
|Cinematography||Arthur A. Wilson|
|Editing by||V. Jaishankar|
|Studio||Super Good Films|
|Running time||160 min|
Shahjahan is a 2001 Tamil film directed and written by K. S. Ravi and produced by R. B. Choudary . The film features Vijay and Richa Pallod in the lead roles while Krishna and Vivek portray supporting roles. The film, which had music was composed by Mani Sharma, released to mixed reviews on 14 November 2001. The film clashed with the much hyped Kamal Hassan starrer Aalavandhan on deepavali day in 2001 and did good business at the box office.
The film is about a man Ashok (Vijay) who helps lovers. He understands the psychology of women and knows how to catch their heart. Whenever a man wants a girl to fall in love with him, Ashok makes it occur. However, he advises his friends not to tell their love immediately because of past incidents that even lead to a death. Ashok falls in love with a girl (Richa Pallod), but never tells his love to her. His friend starts to love her and Ashok is not aware of this. Ashok ends up helping his friend making his love succeed, without knowing that his friend's girlfriend is his crush. Ashok realizes the girl was Richa at the register marriage near the end of the movie and bursts into tears when his friends are not looking. The movie ends as Ashok not marrying Richa and is a helper for couples forever.
- Vijay as Ashok
- Richa Pallod as Mahee
- Krishna as Raja
- Kovai Sarala
- Nizhalgal Ravi
- Janaki Sabesh
- Sona Heiden
- Pasi Sathya
- Ajay Rathnam
- Chaplin Babu
- Meena in a special appearance
R. B. Choudary, after the successes of Poove Unakkaga and Thulladha Manamum Thullum, signed on Vijay for a project to be directed by Vikraman. However, Vijay opted against starring in Vikraman's venture and K. S. Ravi was roped in to make a film, which later became Shahjahan. Arthur Wilson was signed to handle the camera, Mani Sharma to compose the music, Vairamuthu to write lyrics while Prabhakaran did the art work and Prasanna Kumar has written the dialogue.
Richa Pallod, who had appeared in advertisements and Telugu films, was selected to portray the female lead role, while actress Meena appeared in an item number. The film also saw Sona Heiden signed on to appear a supporting role, although she revealed that she regretted being a part of the film after release.
The film was released to negative reviews.The critic from The Hindu gave the film an positive review claiming that "youth, romance and vibrant music seem to sell at a premium these days" and that Shahjahan "has all these in ample measure". The critic added that Richa "has little to do but look good" and Vijay "sparkles in the role of Ashok" while Krishna "fills the bill of a perfect non-action hero". However the critic from Sify lamented that "Ravi’s screenplay is a mess, caring a whit for sense, logic and even continuity" and mentioned it was a "technically tacky film". The reviewer added that Vijay was "losing his natural charm" and that "Richa Pallod tried to ape Jyothika".
|Soundtrack album by Mani Sharma|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Mani Sharma chronology|
|Achchacho Punnagai||Udit Narayan||Vairamuthu|
|Kadhal Oru||KK & Co||Vairamuthu|
|May Madham||Devan, Sujatha Mohan||Vairamuthu|
|Mellinamae Mellinamae||Harish Raghavendra||Vairamuthu|
|Minnalai Pidithu||Unni Menon||Vairamuthu|
|Sarakku Vachirukken||Shankar Mahadevan||Vairamuthu Radhika Thilak|