Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum

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Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum
Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum-Tamil poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byNalan Kumarasamy
Produced by
Screenplay byNalan Kumarasamy
Based onMy Dear Desperado
by Kim Kwang-sik
Music bySanthosh Narayanan
CinematographyDinesh Krishnan
Edited byLeo John Paul
Distributed by
Release date
  • 11 March 2016 (2016-03-11)
Running time
136 minutes[1]

Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum (English: Love too shall pass) is a 2016 Indian Tamil language romantic comedy drama film written and directed by Nalan Kumarasamy. Produced by C. V. Kumar under Thirukumaran Entertainment banner, the film stars Vijay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian in the lead roles.[2] An official remake of the 2010 Korean film My Dear Desperado, which was also remade in Hindi as Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story in 2013, the film was released on 11 March 2016 to positive reviews.[3][4]


Kathiravan (Vijay Sethupathi) is a rowdy who works for a local area councillor (G. M. Sundar). His only aim in life is to own a bar of his own. He had just been released from prison after serving a five-year sentence for taking the blame for a crime he did not commit on the orders of the councillor. Kathir did the deed on the promise that his status within the councillor's gang will be elevated once he is released, but the promise was reneged. Meanwhile, a young Villupuram-based engineering graduate Yazhini Bakthirajan (Madonna Sebastian), leaves for Chennai against her parents' wishes to pursue a career in the IT sector. When the company she works for shuts down suddenly five months later, she faces financial hardship and is forced to move into a low-cost housing colony while searching for a new job. Her neighbour is Kathir. Though both of them dislike each other in the beginning, they gradually warm up to each other despite their different backgrounds and become a sort of support system for one another.

Facing pressure from her family over her career and wedding, Yazhini introduces Kathir to her parents as her boyfriend who is a successful manager in an IT firm. Her parents decide to fix their marriage but change their mind after seeing Kathir thrashing two men opposite a temple, realising that he is a rowdy. They bar Yazhini from returning to Chennai, even forbidding her to attend an important job interview. Meanwhile, Kathir starts a gang war by beating up the henchmen of a rival gangster Kumar (Samuthirakani). The councillor decides that Kathir should murder Kumar. After ensuring that Yazhini attends her interview, Kathir proceeds with the plan to murder Kumar. However, during the ensuing scuffle, Kathir ends up being stabbed with a rebar and is left to bleed to death.

Two years later, Yazhini has become a director in her company and has moved out of the housing colony. She constantly thinks about Kathir, whom she had never seen again after her interview. Yazhini yearns to show Kathir her new life, knowing that he is the one person who will be happier than even herself in her having achieved her dreams. She soon finds Kathir working at a petrol bunk, having survived his murder attempt and abandoned his rowdy past. The two rejoice in the happy ending.



Nalan Kumarasamy shelved a film titled Kai Neelam and began working on a remake of the Korean film My Dear Desperado for the same producers, C. V. Kumar paid 40 lakh (US$56,000) to acquire the Korean film's remake rights.[5]

The film had an official launch in April 2015 and began filming, with Dinesh Krishnan announced as the cinematographer and Leo John Paul as editor.[6] The film was developed under the title of Eskimo Kadhal, but was later renamed as Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum.


Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum
Soundtrack album by
Released4 March 2016
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSony Music
Santhosh Narayanan chronology
Irudhi Suttru
Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum
Professional ratings
Review scores
Behindwoods[7]3/5 stars

The film's soundtrack and background score were composed by Santhosh Narayanan. A single "Ka Ka Ka Po" sung by the composer was released on 25 January 2016.[8] The soundtrack album consist of five tracks. The album was released on 4 March 2016 with positive reviews. Behindwood rated the music 3/5 stating "Santhosh Narayanan strikes again with his unique ideas of fusion music!"[9]

Track listing
1."Ka Ka Ka Po"MohanrajanSanthosh Narayanan, Meenakshi Iyer3:43
2."Paravai Parandhuchu"VivekPragathi Guruprasad, Srinisha ·2:36
3."Pangaali"Nalan Kumarasamy, Arunraja KamarajArunraja Kamaraj2:19
4."Akkam Pakkam Paar"ThamaraiMano, Santhosh Narayanan3:17
5."Bongu Kichan"VivekSanthosh Narayanan3:22
Total length:15:17


The film opened to positive reviews from critics.[10][11] Behindwoods wrote: A film that makes you smile, sad, laugh out loud and feel pain, but never bored with rating 3/5.[12] Sify gave the film a rating of 3 stars out of 5, noting "Overall, Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum is a classy rom-com, which can be watched for the superb writing and phenomenal performances." [13] Times of India rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, calling it, "A film where the magic lies in lingering on - rather than rushing through - in this world."[14] Hindustan Times rated the film 3 out of 5 stars. "Packed with wit rather than violence, the movie has us tickled with innumerable one-liners."[15] India Today assessed a rating of 3.5 of 5 stars, commenting, "Nalan Kumarasamy makes ordinary something look extraordinary."[16] Movie Crow : A treat of a different kind from the team of Soodhu Kavvum rated 3.25/5 [17] Rediff: With riveting performances by the lead actors, a delightful script and the magic wielded by the director and composer, the film is a sure winner with a rating of 3.5/5 [18]

Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend, the film collected 7.45 crore (US$1.0 million) in Tamil Nadu from 327 screens, and 1.17 crore (US$160,000) crore from 264 shows in Chennai. Overall, it was the highest opening in Vijay Sethupathi's career.[19][20] It continued its number one position at the Chennai city box office making it a total of 2.58 crore (US$360,000) in its first week.[21]

In the United States, the film grossed $41,000 on its first day. The film was released in 47 theatres in North America.[22] In the United Kingdom, the film collected 1.59 crore (US$220,000) across 23 screens. In Australia, it earned 1.71 crore (US$240,000) and in Malaysia, 0.86 crore (US$120,000).[23]

Home media[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Jaya TV.[24][25]


  1. ^ "KADHALUM KADANTHU POGUM (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 9 March 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Mollywood girl Madonna is Vijay's pair". The Times of India. 17 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum trailer: Vijay Sethupathi and Nalan are back to tickle your funny bone".
  4. ^ "'Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum' movie review: Live audience response". International Business Times, India Edition. 11 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Dark comedy to romance". Bangalore Mirror.
  6. ^ "The Soodhu Kavvum duo starts rolling again". Behindwoods. 15 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum (aka) Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum songs review". Behindwoods. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  8. ^ Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum - Ka Ka Ka Po Lyric - Vijay Sethupathi - Santhosh Narayanan. 25 January 2016 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum (aka) Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum songs review". Behindwoods.
  10. ^ "Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum Tamil Movie Review - Chennaivision". 2016-03-12. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  11. ^ "'Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum' movie review: Live audience response". International Business Times, India Edition. 11 March 2016.
  12. ^ Behindwoods Review Board. "Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum (aka) Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum review". Behindwoods.
  13. ^ "Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum review: A classy rom-com". Sify.
  14. ^ "Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum Movie Review". The Times of India.
  15. ^ "Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum review: A pretty girl's fumbling mobster lover". Hindustan Times.
  16. ^ "Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum review: Nalan Kumarasamy makes ordinary look extraordinary".
  17. ^ http://www.moviecrow.com/News/11481/kadhalum-kadanthu-pogum-review
  18. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/report/review-kadhalum-kadanthu-pogum-is-a-winner/20160311.htm
  19. ^ http://www.ibtimes.co.in/box-office-collection-kadhalum-kadanthu-pogum-performs-well-first-weekend-pichaikaaran-670618
  20. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/ka-ka-po-box-office-collection-best-ever-opening-for-vijay-sethupathi-till-date/1/620438.html
  21. ^ http://behindwoods.com/tamil-movies/kadhalum-kadanthu-pogum/kadhalum-kadanthu-pogum-box-office-mar-20.html
  22. ^ http://www.ibtimes.co.in/us-box-office-collection-kadhalum-kadanthu-pogum-leads-race-beating-kalyana-vaibhogame-670541
  23. ^ http://www.ibtimes.co.in/kadhalum-kadanthu-pogum-box-office-collection-vijay-sethupathi-starrer-gets-earth-shattering-670724
  24. ^ "Ayudha Pooja & Vijayadasami Special Movies Promo by Jaya TV". Youtube. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  25. ^ http://www.kollyinsider.com/2016/03/fancy-price-for-kadhalum-kadanthu-pogum.html?m=0

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