Kangalal Kaidhu Sei
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|Kangalal Kaidhu Sei|
|Written by||Sujatha Rangarajan (Dialogues)|
|Story by||S. Premnath|
|Produced by||K. Muralitharan|
|Edited by||K. Pazhanivel|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Distributed by||Lakshmi Movie Makers|
Kangalal Kaidhu Sei (English: Arrest Me with Your Eyes) is a 2004 Tamil language romantic thriller film written and directed by Bharathiraja. It stars Vaseegaran in the protagonist's role and marks actress Priyamani's debut in the Tamil film industry. The cinematography was done by B. Kannan, while editing was dole by K. Pazhanivel. The music was scored by A. R. Rahman, which was the major highlight of this film. The film released on 20 February 2004. It received mixed reviews and became a box office failure.
John Vaseegaran is a young man who ranks as the fifth richest millionaire in India and 30th on the international level. The plot opens in a graveyard where his parents' funeral takes place. Vasee is not disturbed by the demise of his parents as he had not been showered with any affection by them, instead concentrated only on making money. A lady of his community expresses her condolence to him and leaves. While getting into her car, she finds that her diamond ring is missing and screams; the ring is in Vasee's pocket. Vasee inherits the huge property of his parents and becomes the chairman of 32 companies in his 20s. Though rich as well as a kleptomaniac, he seeks true motherhood affection. He imagines his dream girl and names her Cinderella. He consults his family doctor for a solution. The doctor instructs him to get into love.
Vidhya, a young woman, sees Vasee stealing a crystal from a shopping mall and tries to report it to mall authorities. A diamond exhibition is organized, and one of the millionaires is exhibiting his special diamond, which is worth 100 million. It is different from other diamonds, with 16 reflecting faces. This tempts Vasee, and he visits the diamond exhibition. The special diamond is under the responsibility of Vidhya. She sees Vasee at the exhibition and becomes alerted. Despite special tight security, Vasee manages to steal the diamond and leave. Vidhya is about to be arrested. She pleas to cancel the arrest. She remembers Vasee's presence and relates the old incident of crystal theft. She immediately understands that Vasee is the thief and tells the police, but the police do not believe her as he is a wealthy man. The owner of the diamond is ready to believe her words as he relates the diamond ring theft in the graveyard.
With no evidence, a drama is organized by Vidhya to get back the diamond and fetch evidence. She enters Vasee's home as his personal secretary. Vasee wants her to be dressed with modern attire, and she does so. He looks sees the imaginary dream girl Cinderella in Vidhya and starts developing a love for her, but she is not interested in him. Meanwhile, Vidhya searches for the diamond and spots it in a big fish tank. She attempts to get it back while Vasee is away from home and does so when he leaves for a meeting. Vasee rushes back to his home, when suddenly, Vidhya disappears and when he was informed by his doctor at the airport that Vidhya and a police officer, who is her fiancé, met him for an inquiry about Vasee. At home, he sees the broken fish tank and understands that Vidhya took the diamond. Vidhya was happy as she is relieved from the first charge, but she is charged again for the theft.
The diamond taken from Vasee by Vidhya is not the original one, and she is remanded. The owner of the diamond demands an illegal relation with her in return for discharge from the case. She rushes to Vasee and pleas to give back the diamond as it destroys her future and life. She expresses that she cannot marry him and mother his children. Her fiancé warns Vasee that he will soon be caught and jailed. Vasee bails Vidhya from police custody. He demands Vidhya to be his Cinderella for five days in Switzerland as a punishment for attacking psychologically with love as a weapon. He assures no physical contact but only love. Vidhya initially refuses, but due to the pressure by her fiancé to save his position, she goes with Vasee.
At the Swiss airport, she dashes an officer who introduces himself a person to help her. Vasee takes her to his home and introduces her to all of his friends, teachers, etc. Vidhya constantly imagines Vasee misbehaving to her and is annoyed. One day, Vasee sees Vidhya talking to a stranger whom she dashed in the airport, from a distance. She breaks a photograph jointly posed by her and Vasee. On seeing the broken pieces, Vasee screams at her that it is his family photo and that she has no rights to break it. Meanwhile, the officer dashed by Vidhya, along with some officers who follow Vasee and Vidhya, find him alone after the third day. They see him speaking to himself at the top of the hill, on a boat, at church, etc. They immediately rush to Vasee's home to rescue Vidhya. They could see only the dead bodies of Vasee and Vidhya dressed in groom and bride costumes. Vasee actually killed Vidhya by slapping her on the day that she broke the photograph. Unexpectedly, due to the attack, she died by dashing into a heavy stone. Not willing to be jailed, Vasee kills himself with his precious golden gun as soon as the cops arrive. The cops see a letter, which instructs to spend Vasee's property in the name of Cinderella trust to help the poor and needy and a will of it.
- Vaseegaran as John Vaseegaran
- Priyamani as Vidhya/Cindrella
- Sanath Gunathilake as Pratap
- Akash as Premkumar
- Mayilsamy as Barber
- Chithra Lakshmanan as Subramaniam
- S. Premnath as James
- Theni Murugan as Vanadurai
- V. Swaminathan as Kailash
- G. Venugopal
- B. Kannan as John Vaseegaran's family friend
- G. K. as Director general of police
- Shanthi Kumar
- Laxmi Rattan as Dominic Louis Mariadas
- Ilavarasu as John Vaseegaran's servant (uncredited role)
Bharathiraja had initially selected Rathi Arumugam to play the lead role, but she was later dropped from the project. Priyamani, who worked as a model for various advertisements, was subsequently selected as the heroine and it marked her debut in Tamil cinema. Fazal Ahmed from Palladam was rechristened as Vaseegaran made his debut in this film in lead role.
The climax scene was shot at Switzerland and so were a couple of songs. One of the songs was picturised at the airport, where Vaseegara and Priyamani took part. Earlier, a 36 days' shooting schedule was held at Sri Lanka. After this the unit shifted to locations in Chennai and Ooty.
|Kangalal Kaithu Sei|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Recorded||Panchathan Record Inn|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||A. R. Rahman|
|A. R. Rahman chronology|
The soundtrack has 5 tracks composed by A. R. Rahman and an introductory speech by the film's director Bharathiraja. Lyrics were written by Pa. Vijay, Thenmozhi and Kabilan. The soundtrack got high critical acclaim and immediate praise and was fairly noticed. All songs got great appreciation. One of the tracks features vocals by noted Malayalam film score composer Johnson. It is perhaps the only song sung by Johnson.
|"Azhagiya Cinderella"||Hariharan||4:58||Pa. Vijay|
|"Anarkali"||Karthik, Chitra Sivaraman, Kadhir, Murtuza Khan||6:47||Pa. Vijay|
|"Aaha Thamizamma"||A. R. Reihana, Mathangi Jagdish, Blaaze||5:21||Kabilan|
|"Theekuruvi"||Johnson, Harini, Mukesh||4:32||Thenmozhi|
|"Ennuyir Thozhiyae"||Unni Menon, Chinmayee||5:55||Pa. Vijay|
- "Review". Sify.com. 23 February 2004. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
- "Graceful debut". The Hindu. 22 December 2003. Archived from the original on 19 January 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
- "CHARMING hero". The Hindu. 22 March 2004. Archived from the original on 24 January 2005. Retrieved 1 December 2016.