James Pandu

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James Pandu
Directed bySelva
Produced byV. Sundar
Written bySuki Murthy,
Nagulan Ponnusamy (dialogues)
Story byR. Parthiban
StarringPrabhu Deva
Renu Desai
Music byS. A. Rajkumar
CinematographyThangar Bachan
Edited bySuresh Urs
Release date
21 April 2000

James Pandu is a 2000 Tamil action comedy film directed by Selva. The film stars Prabhu Deva, Parthiban, Kausalya and Renu Desai in lead roles.[1] The film opened to mixed reviews from critics.[2]


James (Prabhu Deva) and Pandu (Parthiban) are porters. Though they were inseparable friends before, there is no love lost between them now. James is in love with Renu (Renu Desai), while Kausalya (Kausalya), a mute, has feelings for Pandu. A chit fund company owner (Nizhalgal Ravi) hires James to 'steal' a bag of money from himself so he could abscond with the money, but his manager (Thalaivasal Vijay) hires Pandu to steal the bag from James. When James and Pandu lay their hands on the money, they become friends again and decide to split the money. However, the company owner is found murdered, and they become the prime suspects. In the climax, Mouli comes to court and tells the truth that he killed the company owner because the latter would cheat many people. James and Pandu are proven innocent.[3]



The film saw Parthiban and Prabhu Deva acting together for first time, though they appeared previously together in Suyamvaram but they didn't have any scenes together.[4] Title of the film is a spoof on Hollywood's famous character James Bond. The first shot was taken at the Arunachalam studios. The unit picturised two songs in the snowly and hilly areas of Gangtok in Sikkim.[5] There at a height of 14,000 feet is based an army camp, reported the highest situated army camp in the world. The unit, that got the permission to shoot there, had much difficulty picturising the songs in the cold hilly area, but have returned triumphant. Participating in the songs were Prabhu Deva and Renu. A ten days shooting schedule in Chennai followed by shooting, at places like Hyderabad, Chalakkudi and Mercara.[6]


Soundtrack was composed by S. A. Rajkumar.[7]

No. Title Singer(s) Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 James Pandu Da Mano, Unni Menon Na. Muthukumar 04:09
2 Kannena Minsarama Devan Ekambaram, Bombay Jayashri Bharathsakthi 04:23
3 Nikkattuma Nadakattuma Mano, Anuradha Sriram Kalidasan 04:31
4 Un Azhagai Srinivas, Reshmi Viveka 05:04
5 Vennila Ethuvum S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Reshmi Thamarai 04:06


  1. ^ "The Hindu : Film Review: James Pandu". Hinduonnet.com. 28 April 2000. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  2. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/2000/04/28/stories/09280224.htm
  3. ^ "James Pandu Review". India Info. Archived from the original on 21 November 2005. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  4. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/tamil/preview.php?ctid=5&cid=2423&id=6007235
  5. ^ http://cinematoday.itgo.com/James%20Pandu.htm
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20011223062507/http://www.chennaionline.com/location/james.asp
  7. ^ https://masstamilan.in/james-pandu/

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