|Directed by||R. Kaleeswaran|
|Produced by||Stanley Rajan|
|Written by||R. Kaleeswaran|
|Edited by||R. K. Pazhanivel|
Konji Pesalaam is a 2003 Tamil romantic drama film directed by R. Kaleeswaran. The film features newcomers Sreeja, Vamsi, C. Mukesh Kumar and Avinash in lead roles, with Rajkiran, Vijayakumar, Poovilangu Mohan, Raman Nair, Meera Krishnan and K. A. Gunasekaran playing supporting roles. The film, produced by Stanley Rajan, had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 12 December 2003.
The film begins with the church father Amalan (Vijayakumar) lecturing the young man David (Vamsi) on what we should do to become a priest. David enters the seminary to become a church priest but he falls under the spell of the church singer Nivedita (Sreeja). Amalan then warns David to not lose focus on the spiritual life and tells him to choose church over the love if he wanted to become a priest. One day, Amalan gives Nivedita a love letter. When Amalan comes to know about it, David was forced to carry a cross like Jesus did as a punishment. Later, Nivedita tells him that he did a mistake and tells him her bitter past.
In the past, Nivedita was a carefree girl living with her father Muthupandi (Rajkiran) in a village. Muthupandi was a kind-hearted village chief who helped the poor and he was against the caste discrimination, thus he had a lot of enemies. Nivedita and the Brahmin boy Bharathi (C. Mukesh Kumar) were in love with each other whereas her uncle Kannan (Avinash) was deeply in love with Nivedita. Kannan then sacrificed his love for his niece and decided to secretly arrange their marriage. The day of the wedding, Muthupandi heavily wounded Kannan with his machete and threatened to kill him if they didn't stop the marriage, he then forced Kannan to get married to Nivedita. After the marriage, Kannan was confined to bed, unable to walk, dependent on the help of Nivedita and felt bad for her. Kannan wanted to talk to Bharathi who was about to leave the village, Nivedita, therefore, decided to search for Bharathi. At the railway station, Nivedita saw him in a train. She then got on the moving train and she convinced Bharathi to talk with her husband. When they arrived at the home, Kannan succumbed to the injuries. The whole village started to talk ill about Nivedita and Bharathi's relationship, Muthupandi felt so embarrassed at that moment, so they have no choice but to leave the place. At the railway station, frustrated and in tears, Bharathi wanted to die but Nivedita reasoned him and got on a train leaving him alone. She travelled to Chennai in order to find a job and became a church singer.
Back to the present, Nivedita goes back to the village with David. At her return, the villagers insult Nivedita for bringing shame and dishonour upon her father. Nivedita apologizes to her father Muthupandi, who is now taking care of Bharathi. When Nivetha left him, Bharathi felt sad and depressed, so he attempted to terminate his life. He jumped onto a moving train and became paralysed from the waist down. Muthupandi then apologizes to his daughter for not understanding her. The film ends with David leaving the village for the church and Nivedita returning home with her father and her future husband Bharathi.
- Sreeja as Nivedita
- Vamsi as David
- C. Mukesh Kumar as Bharathi
- Avinash as Kannan
- Rajkiran as Muthupandi
- Vijayakumar as Amalan
- Poovilangu Mohan
- Raman Nair
- Meera Krishnan as Chinna Thayi
- K. A. Gunasekaran as Sivankalai
- Jinda as Kovalai
- Ushar Jai as Thavalai
- Priyanka as Maami
- Theni Kunjarammal
- Stanley Rajan
- Vasanthi Stanley
- R. Rajendran
- Dhadha Muthukumar
After his growing popularity in character roles, actor Rajkiran signed to play the father role in 'Konji Pesalaam' alongside newcomers like Sreeja, Vamsi, C. Mukesh Kumar and Avinash. Directed by newcomer R. Kaleeswaran and produced by Stanley Rajan for his Stanwin Creations, the film had Vijayakumar, Poovilangu Mohan, Meera Krishnan and K. A. Gunasekaran in the supporting cast. The film revolves around the father-daughter relationship. The film was shot Nagercoil and its surroundings, apart from Chennai, and the songs in Courtallam and Kerala.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The film score and the soundtrack were composed by film composer Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack, released in 2003, features 8 tracks with lyrics written by Vaali, Muthulingam, Kamakodiyan, Muhammed Metha and Palani Bharathi.
|1||'Aathara Sruthi'||Karthik, Kalpana Raghavendar||4:47|
|2||'Ezhu Vannam'||Karthik, Kalpana Raghavendar||4:43|
|5||'Siru Siru Siragugalil'||P. Unnikrishnan||5:29|
|6||'Siru Siru Siragugalil'||Vijay Yesudas||5:28|
|7||'Unnai Thedi Thedi'||Kalpana Raghavendar||5:05|
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