Kasthuri Maan

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Kasthuri Maan
Directed byA. K. Lohithadas
Written byA. K. Lohithadas
Jeyamohan (dialogues)
Produced bySindhu Lohithadas
StarringPrasanna
Meera Jasmine
Shammi Thilakan
CinematographyKichas
Vaidy S
Edited byRaja Mohammad
Sundar
Music byIlayaraja
Production
company
Sumangala Arts
Release date
  • 28 October 2005 (2005-10-28)
Running time
140 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Kasthuri Maan is a 2005 Tamil film directed by Malayalam director A. K. Lohithadas. The film, a remake of the director's own Malayalam film of same name, and his only Tamil project to date, stars Prasanna and Meera Jasmine, who reprised her role from the original.[1][2] It also features Shammi Thilakan, Sarath Babu, V. M. C. Haneefa, Bharathi Kannan, Pawan, Vinodini and Suja. Kasthuri Maan's story revolves around a young college girl who helps her lover realize his dream of becoming an IAS officer amidst her own problems.[3] The film released during Diwali 2005[4] and had a generally positive reception.

Plot[edit]

The movie starts with a mature Arun Kumar (Prasanna), now a district collector. The story is narrated in a flashback where his father Palaniappan (Sarath Babu) wants him to get married. Palaniappan used to be a rich film producer and had borrowed money from a rich person, but is unable to repay his debt. The rich man wants his daughter to marry Arun, but Arun does not want to marry.

Umashankari (Meera Jasmine) and Arun study in the same college. Uma is a lively, mischievous girl on campus, but at home, faces acute poverty and takes up various odd jobs to take care of her house and to stay away from her sister's husband, who makes advances towards her. In the meantime, Palaniappan attempts suicide because he is deeply in debt. Uma steps in and helps Arun, who is preparing for I.A.S. exams. She does everything to ensure that he becomes an I.A.S. officer. He in turn, promises to marry her and rescue her from her situation. However, Uma, after an unfortunate encounter with her brother-in–law, lands in prison, and the couple is reunited in the climax.[vague].

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja while the lyrics for all the songs were written by Vaali, Muthulingam, Mu. Metha, Pazhani Bharathi & Na. Muthukumar.[5][6]

No. Song Singers Lyrics
1 "Oru Porkaalam" Karthik, Manjari Pazhani Bharathi
2 "Ketkalyo" Tippu, Manjari, Chorus Muthulingam
3 "Nethu Varaikkum" Sujatha Na. Muthukumar
4 "Ennai Ketkum" Tippu Vaali
5 "Vaanin Kadhal" Manjari, Tippu, Ganga Mu. Metha

Critical reception[edit]

The Hindu wrote, "Sumangala Arts and maker A.K.Lohithadas...deserve to be lauded for not succumbing to the lure of the commercial format and dwelling on a moving storyline that has comedy, sentiment, romance and passion in right proportions. And all these blend with the story to form a cohesive whole".[7] Indiaglitz.com wrote, "A dominant performance by Meera Jasmine coupled with a touchy screenplay by director Lohitha Dass makes Kasthoori Maan an engrossing movie. With unpredictable sequence of events and crisp dialogues by Jaya Mohan, the movie is certainly an offbeat entertainer worth a watch".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hindu : Entertainment Chennai / Cinema : "Kasturi Maan" frisks in from Kerala". thehindujobs.com. Archived from the original on 9 December 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Lohitadas: My conscience is clear - Rediff.com".
  3. ^ "Remake season down south! - Rediff.com".
  4. ^ "rediff.com: Tamil releases this Diwali/ Eid".
  5. ^ "Kasthuriman Tamil Movie Songs Download & Listen to Music by Ilaiyaraaja - Listen High Quality mp3 Kasthuriman - Songs Free @ StarMusiQ.Com". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Kasthuri Maan Songs". Gaana. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  7. ^ "The Hindu : Entertainment Chennai / Film Review : Wholesome treat for the festive occasion". thehindujobs.com. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Kasthoorimaan review. Kasthoorimaan Tamil movie review, story, rating - IndiaGlitz.com".