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Jaganmohini (2009 film)

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Directed byN. K. Viswanathan
Written byPugazhmani (dialogues)
Based onJaganmohini (Kannada)
Produced byH. Murali
CinematographyN. K. Viswanathan
Edited bySuresh Urs
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Murali Cine Arts
Release date
  • 16 October 2009 (2009-10-16)
Running time

Jaganmohini is a 2009 Indian Tamil-language historical horror film directed by N. K. Viswanathan. It is based on B. Vittalacharya's 1978 Telugu film of the same name which itself was a remake of the 1951 Kannada film Jaganmohini. The filmstars Raja, Namitha and Nila. It was partially reshot into Telugu with the same name (with Ali replacing Vadivelu) and dubbed in Bengali as Mayabini Kanya. The film bombed at the box office.[1]


The movie begins at Pachai Theevu, ruled by a mighty king (Narasimha Raju). His son and prince Jagathalapradhapan (Raja) is a valorous youth who sets out on a mission to capture pirates in the sea. He lands at Sangu Theevu, where the head of the sea pirates Alai Kallan lives. Jagathalapradhapan comes across Mohini (Namitha) from the local fishing community on the island. Romance blossoms between them. Jagathalapradhapan manages to capture Alai Kallan and decides to return to his country. He promises Mohini that he would bring his parents to arrange for their wedding. However the King and his wife Mangayarkarasi (Yuvarani) arranges for their son's marriage with a princess Azhagu Nachiyar (Nila). Jagathalapradhapan tries hard to convince his parents that he would marry only Mohini.

To put an end to the problem, the king and his wife hatch a conspiracy and kills Mohini while she is in underwater using thugs. Enters a cruel tantrik[further explanation needed] (Kota Sreenivasa Rao), who uses the feud between Jagathalapradhapan and Alai Kallan and plans to kill Jagathalapradhapan and thereby get the ultimate power to rule the world. But all his plans are altered when Mohini's spirit comes back to earth. She prevents tantrum to near Jagathalaprathapan.[clarification needed] Meanwhile, Mohini wishes to kill Jagathalaprathapan by luring him to have sex with her in an isolated forest so that she can unite with him in heaven, but the plan gets spoiled by Azhagu Nachiyar's smart tricks. Tantrik wants to kill Jagathalaprathapan using Alaikalan so that Goddess will get happy and grant his wish, but instead Jagathalaprathapan kills Alaikalan diverting it. Goddess wants him to ask his wish and she asks for Mohini to get back to her body but it's naturally impossible. Instead she inserts her soul into Azhagu Nachiyar's as alternative so that she gets "motcham" (salvation). They happily rule the kingdom ever after in the end.



Soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[2]

Song Singers Lyrics
"Ponmanatheril" Bela Shende Na. Muthukumar
"Nilavu Varum" Ujjaini, Shweta Mohan
"Poothadu Poo" Rita, Rahul Nambiar Vaali
"Kattikitta" Nancy Vincent, Rahul Nambiar, Chorus
"Unnai Vittal" K. S. Chithra


Rediff wrote, "With its silly storyline and terrible costumes, Jaganmohini is a half-baked remake of the original, with plenty of skin-show and terrible graphics."[3] Behindwoods wrote, "The N. K. Vishwanathan directed Jaganmohini is neither spooky nor amusing. Even if you are a die-hard Namitha fan, don’t be surprised if you become incensed towards the end of the movie, for she’s all over it."[4] Sify wrote, "The basic trouble with the film is that story and presentation of NK Viswanathan is outdated with tacky special effects that have the audiences jeering. The film simply doesn’t work".[5]


  1. ^ "Meera Chopra is angry her co star Namitha". liveindia.com. Archived from the original on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Jagan Mohini (2009)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 28 September 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  3. ^ Srinivasan, Pavithra (19 October 2009). "Review: Jaganmohini is a half-baked remake". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 30 June 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Jaganmohini Movie Review". Behindwoods. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Jaganmohini". Sify. Archived from the original on 23 October 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2024.

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