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|Directed by||Sakthi Chidambaram|
|Produced by||Amudha Durairaj|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
Seven Hills Film Factory
Englishkaran (Tamil: இங்கிலிஷ்காரன், meaning English Man) is a 2005 Tamil/Telugu film. It casts Siva Balaji and Madhumitha in the lead roles, while Sathyaraj plays a pivotal role. "English Karan" with the tagline "Tamizh Vazhga" is a film from the hit combo from Sathyaraj and Shakthi Chidambaram whose earlier ventures "Ennama Kannu" and "Maha Nadigan" were hits. Englishkaran also has humour, glamour, lots of puns and is based on a strong theme paced with whimsy humour. The film opened to positive reviews and was commercially successful at the box office.
The film starts with Tamizharasu (Sathyaraj), a reformist entering a village with the intention to unite a couple and help a young girl Sandhya (Madhumitha), who aspires to be a singer. Bala (Siva Balaji) is in love with Sandhya. There, Tamizharasu faces the anger of Sandhya’s father (Dhandapani), who is a strong believer of older ideologies, but Sandhya hates Tamizharasu and the reason for that is told in a flashback. The flashback starts with Maheshwari (Namitha), Tamizharasu's wife, aspiring to be a sports champion. Tamizharasu motivates and helps her. Due to some family problems, Maheswari commits suicide after making her husband promise to help her sister to become a popular singer. The rest of the film is how he fulfills the promise, and helps to unite Bala and Sandhya.
- Siva Balaji as Bala
- Madhumitha as Sandhya
- Sathyaraj as Tamizharasu
- Namitha as Maheswari
- Vadivelu as "Theeppori" Thirumugam
- Dhandapani as Sandhya's father
- Aishwarya as Padma
- Pawan as Padma's son
- Bonda Mani
- Besant Ravi
Soundtrack was composed by Deva and lyrics written by Pa. Vijay, Snehan and Sakthi Chidambaram.
- Yaaradhu Yaaradhu - Shreya Ghoshal
- Englishkaran - Suresh Peters
- Nanbane - K. S. Chithra
- Yeh Thiruda - Srikanth Deva, Sunitha Sarathy
- Ghajini Mohammed - Karthik, Suchitra
The film received mainly positive reviews and was a commercial success grossing $1 million at the box office. Nowrunning commented that sparky script, great performances, directorial flare, and play's essential revelation made "Englishkaran" an admirable movie. The film got its humor from spoofing and parodying and offered wholesome entertainment value whatsoever. Indiaglitz commented that Sakthi Chidamabaram had tried to give a movie with a strong message with a convoluted mix of humour, romance and glamour.
Further to this the audience felt that Sathyaraj had done a commendable job with his comedy in this film. Siva Balaji has given a balanced performance. Madhumitha's looks in the movie was commemorated to be glamorous. The comedy scene where Vadivelu tries to scare Sathyaraj by pretending to be a ghost and Satyaraj counteracted in the same fashion with a Chandramukhi–like dance imitating Jothika created riproaring comedy and appealed to all fun-loving persons. Vadivelu’s comedy was hilarious. Walter Devaram in a cameo role was passable. Namitha in a brief role had done a good job.