|Produced by||Mohan Natarajan|
|Written by||Gokula Krishna(Dialogue)|
|Edited by||T. R. Sekar|
Chinthamani Cine Arts
|Distributed by||Ayngaran International|
Kannukkul Nilavu (English: Moon in Eyes) is an Indian 2000 Tamil romantic psychological thriller film written and directed by Fazil. The film features Vijay and Shalini in the leading roles, while Raghuvaran, Srividya, Kaveri and Ponvannan play other supporting roles. The film opened in January 2000 with positive reviews and was declared a super hit at the box office. In 2017, the film was dubbed into Hindi as My Duty by WAM India Movies. It was Vijay's 25th movie.
Gautham Prabhakar (Vijay) meets Dr. Rajasekhar (Raghuvaran), a psychologist, his daughter Hema (Shalini) and her friends, Surya (Charle) & Chandru (Dhamu). He has memories of a girl named Gayathri (Kaveri), whom he met briefly and wishes to find again. After examining his subconscious mind, Dr. Rajasekhar finds out that Gautham is suffering from split personality and has forgotten a lot of things, including the details of Gayathri's disappearance. Dr. Rajasekhar finds out that Gautham is looking for Shanmugam and his two friends, who Gautham feels have killed Gayathri. Hema falls in love with Gautham. Because of the affection and care shown by his mother, Gautham slowly recovers all the missing details about why and how he got to where he is. After attempts at revenge, Gautham starts a new life with Hema gaining the acceptance his mother and her father.
- Vijay as Gautham Prabhakar
- Shalini as Hema (Voice dubbed by Sreeja Ravi)
- Kaveri as Gayathri
- Raghuvaran as Dr.Rajasekhar
- Srividya as Gautham's mother
- Charle as Surya
- Dhamu as Chandra
- Madhan Bob as Belgium
- Thalaivasal Vijay as Shanmugam
- Ponvannan as Soundar
- Shajin as Prakash
- Devi Chandana as Niveda
- Radhika as Hema's friend
- Sandra Amy as Hema's friend
Mohan Natarajan brought together the team of the successful 1997 film, Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, in director Fazil and leading pair Vijay and Shalini with the venture. Anandakuttan was signed on to handle the camera and Ilaiyaraja to compose the music, while Shekar took charge of the editing, while the art direction was handled by Mani Suchitra. The filming took place in and around Chennai, Pondicherry, Krishnapatnam Harbour, Vizag Harbour, Tuticorin Harbour, Alappuzha, Kochi and the hilly area of Wagamon.
The film was released on 14 January 2000. Kannukkul Nilavu opened to positive reviews with The Hindu claiming that it was a "tremendous comeback vehicle for Vijay, wherein he portrays an entire gamut of emotions". The reviewer added that the film was "subtle in scenic presentation and characterisation, suspense without melodrama and spontaneity in reactions are plusses", while mentioning that Shalini was "flawless" in her role. Rediff.com described it as a "film worth seeing", labelling that "the highlight of the film is actor Vijay's power-packed performance". The critic described that the "actor has shown laudable skill both in the way he has handled this complicated role and in expressing various shades of Gautham's tormented mind. Especially from the moment he becomes aggressive, with the violent streak predominating and eyes blazing with manic fury."
Cinematographer Ananda Kuttan won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer for his work in the film. The film was awarded with a clean 'U' certificate by the Indian Censor Board. The satellite rights of the film were purchased by Sun TV.
|Soundtrack album to Kannukkul Nilavu by Ilaiyaraaja|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Five Star Audio|
|1.||"Iravu Pagalai Theda "||K. J. Yesudas||5:16|
|3.||"Oru Naal Oru Kanavu (Male version)"||K. J. Yesudas||4:49|
|4.||"Oru Naal Oru Kanavu (duet)"||K. J. Yesudas, Anuradha Sriram||4:49|
|5.||"Adida Melathai"||S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. N. Surendar, Arun Mozhi||5:11|
|6.||"Roja Poonthotam"||P. Unni Krishnan, Anuradha Sriram||4:54|
|7.||"Enthen Kuilenge"||P. Unni Krishnan, Anuradha Sriram||4:55|
|8.||"Chinnanchiru Kiliye"||K. S. Chithra||5:03|
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