Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Singeetam Srinivasa Rao|
|Produced by||P. L. Thenappan|
|Screenplay by||Kamal Haasan|
|Story by||Crazy Mohan|
|Music by||Karthik Raja|
|Edited by||N. P. Satish|
|Distributed by||Raaj Kamal Films International|
Kaathala Kaathala is a 1998 Indian Tamil-language comedy film directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao and produced by P. L. Thenappan. The film stars Kamal Haasan, Prabhu Deva, Soundarya and Rambha in the lead roles with an ensemble cast in supporting roles. The film released on 10 April 1998, to positive reviews and became a commercial success. The film was later loosely remade in Hindi as Housefull.
Ramalingam and Sundaralingam are orphans who takes care of themselves and some other orphan children. Sundaralingam is a professional painter who paints shop banners and calendars. Ramalingam is the man who finds way to make money, usually by means of fraud. He even acts as a handicap together with godman Ananda Vikadanantha and his partner. Sundari, an arts student falls for him. Her friend Janaki falls for Sundaralingam. Janaki's father, Paramasivam, does not agree to Janaki marrying a poor man. This prompts Janaki and Sundaralingam to get married with their help of their friends.
Days go by but Paramasivam does not agree. This causes Sundari to ask Janaki to lie to Paramasivam that she gave birth to a son. Paramasivam upon receiving the letter, changes his mind and gets ready to set off to Chennai. Sundari had lied to her Chicago based father, Balamurugan that Ramalingam is a rich man. Janaki, to easily convince her parents, lies that Sundaralingam became rich. The girls rent a big bungalow from a lady called Noorjahan, who mistakes Janaki and Sundaralingam as a couple. They rent the house for three days.
Sundari's father was supposed to come on that day but misses his flight. Janaki's parents want to surprise her and they end up coming on that day. Ramalingam mistakes Janaki's father as Sundari's father. Unable to tell the truth because of Noorjahan, Janaki and Ramalingam let it be. They also without any choice, make Sundari as the servant maid and Sundaralingam as the cook. Sundari borrows a child from a beggar women, who stays in the house in the name of a milk woman.
The four of them strive hard to hide the truth from Janaki's parents. In between these, Varathachari, Paramasivam's friend who knows the reality comes home. After avoiding anything wrong, they encounter Janaki's maternal uncle, 'Security' Singaram. He is a very doubtful person who pressurize the youths, and starts suspecting them. Yet, he fails to convince his sister and brother-in-law.
When Balamurugan is on the way, Paramasivam steps in to help them, without knowing the truth at all. He concocts a more complicated story, where Ramalingam is his son, Janaki and Sundaralingam reprising their real relationship and worse, V. Anand to be his cousin. Anand is actually Ananda Vikadanantha who is absconding. When more of this happens, the elders smell something fishy and everything falls onto Ramalingam's head. To put an end to all these, Sundari reveals the complete truth to everyone. Singaram tells all that Anand is the fraud and once again, Ramalingam has to prove his innocence.
A chase ensues when V. Anand is held hostage by his ex-partner Junior Vikadanantha for money which he looted. Inspector Chokkalingam arrives in time to find Ananda Vikadanantha and Junior and Ramalingam is proven innocent. Paramasivam accepts Janaki and Sundaralingam, and Balamurugan is happy about Ramalingam and Sundari.
- Kamal Haasan as Ramalingam
- Prabhu Deva as Sundaralingam
- Rambha as Janaki
- Soundarya as Sundari
- Vadivelu as Singaaram
- M. S. Viswanathan as Paramasivam
- T. S. B. K. Moulee as Balamurugan
- Cho Ramaswamy as Varadhachaari
- Nagesh as Chokkalingam
- Srividya as Parvathy
- S. N. Lakshmi as Noorjahan
- Delhi Ganesh as House Owner
- Cochin Haneefa as Vikadananda (V Anand)
- Crazy Mohan as Junior Vikadananda
- Kovai Sarala as Junior Vikadananda's wife
- Ajay Rathnam as Williamson
- Omakuchi Narasimhan as the astrologer
- Revathi Sankaran as Raasalakshmi
- Vaiyapuri as Corporation Worker
- Madhan Bob as Marriage Registrar
- Master Mahendran as Orphan child under the care of Ramalingam & Sundaralingam
Kaathala Kaathala was initially expected to be directed by K. S. Ravikumar who directed the successful Avvai Shanmughi with Kamal Haasan in the lead earlier, but he was later replaced by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao after he refused to sign the film until the FEFSI strike of 1997 had stopped. Actresses Meena and Simran's unavailability led to Rambha being cast in a lead role. Nagma also opted against signing the film fearing that a potential clash may arise with actress Rambha, after the pair's alleged fall out on the sets of Janakiraman. After Soundarya's death in 2004, Kamal Haasan paid tribute by revealing that "she came forward to do the movie, when the rest of the industry was unwilling to work with me."
Kaathala Kaathala was released on 10 April 1998. Namma Ooru Velan from Indolink gave the film a positive review, citing that "if one can put the inspirations behind, the movie is quite enjoyable" and that "the going gets very complicated and absolutely hilarious".
In 2010, the producer of the film P. L. Thenappan threatened legal action against the makers of the Hindi film, Housefull for remaking scenes from the film without permission. Thenappan revealed he had dubbed the film into Hindi in the late 1990s as Mirchi Masala, but the version did not release.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"Kaasumela"||Kamal Haasan, Udit Narayan|
|2.||"Laila Laila"||Hariharan, Bhavatharini|
|3.||"Thakida Thathom Annachi"||Karthik Raja|
|4.||"Saravana Bhava"||Kamal Haasan, Karthik Raja, Sripriya, Sujatha|
|5.||"Madonna Paadala Nee"||Kamal Haasan, Bhavatharini|
|6.||"Madonna II"||Hariharan, Bhavatharini|
|Telugu Track listing|
|1.||"Lucku Meeda Lucku Vachchi"||Vennelakanti||Kamal Haasan, Mano|
|2.||"Laila Laila"||Vennelakanti||Mano, Bhavatharini|
|3.||"Madona Model Nuvva"||Vennelakanti||Kamal Haasan, Bhavatharini|
|4.||"Thakita Thakita Thom"||Vennelakanti||Mano|
|5.||"Saravanabhava"||Vennelakanti||Kamal Haasan, Mano, Gopika Poornima, Sujatha|
|6.||"Madona II"||Vennelakanti||Mano, Anuradha Sriram|
The line "Jaanaki enakku wife aagittathaala, Sundari velakkaari aayittaappaa" (Ever since Janaki became my wife, Sundari became a housemaid) became popular, and has since entered Tamil vernacular as a term used by people to "tease friends caught impersonating".
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