M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi
|M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi|
|Directed by||M. Raja|
|Produced by||M. Raja|
|Written by||Prasanna Kumar (dialogues)|
|Story by||Puri Jagannadh|
|Based on||Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi |
by Puri Jagannadh
|Music by||Srikanth Deva|
|Edited by||S. Surajkavee|
|1 October 2004|
M. Kumaran Son of Mahalakshmi is a 2004 Tamil family drama film directed by M. Raja, starring Jayam Ravi, Asin Thottumkal, Nadhiya and Prakash Raj in the lead roles while Vivek and Subbaraju play supporting roles. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Srikanth Deva. The film was emerged as a blockbuster and one of the most profitable movies of 2004. This movie was a remake of the Telugu film Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi.
For Kumaran (Jayam Ravi), life is about his mother Mahalakshmi (Nadhiya), who was separated from her husband Eeshwar (Prakash Raj). Eeshwar goes on to pursue his passion in kickboxing and becomes a world-renowned trainer based in Malaysia. Mahalakshmi stays in India and devotes her life to bringing up her son. Kumaran is also passionate about kickboxing and shares a special relationship with his mother. In between, he falls in love with Malabar aka Mythili (Asin Thottumkal), but his life is destroyed after his mother's death. On her deathbed, she tells him to meet Eeshwar, and Kumaran goes to Malaysia to meet him. Kumaran gets a job at his father's kickboxing academy but finds him with another wife (Aishwarya) and a daughter. Kumaran feels betrayed and angry, and this causes plenty of friction between him and his father. Eeshwar trains a boxer Anand (Subbaraju), whom he is sure will win the championship. Anand is Eeshwar's devotion, and on many occasions, he demonstrates his preference for Anand over Kumaran. Anand makes Eeshwar's daughter pregnant and dumps her. He turns traitor to Eeshwar and joins another team when they offer him a better contract. The rest of the story is about how Eeshwar trains Kumaran against Anand and wins the kickboxing competition, while Kumaran helps his half-sister with her love. Kumaran wins the kickboxing championship. The movie ends with Kumaran seeing a final apparition of his mother looking at him proudly and waving goodbye.
- Jayam Ravi as M.Kumaran
- Asin Thottumkal as Mythili aka Malabar
- Nadhiya as Mahalakshmi (Voice dubbed by Saritha)
- Prakash Raj as Eshwar
- Vivek as Ganesh
- Subbaraju as Anand
- Aishwarya as Eshwar's second wife
- Janagaraj as Policeman
- Jyothi Lakshmi as Malabar's aunt
- Manobala as Ganesh's father
- Venniradai Moorthy as Sculptor
- Vijay Sethupathi as Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
- Ragasya (special appearance)
- Livingston as Sheikh (guest appearance)
After the success of Jayam (2003), Raja decided to remake successful Telugu film Amma Nanna O Tamil Ammayi (2003) with his brother Ravi in lead role. Asin, who appeared in the Telugu version made her debut in Tamil cinema with this film. Nadhiya made her acting comeback with this film portraying Ravi's mother as Raja felt that he wanted to portray her as a modern mother as opposed to the usual portrayal of mothers and she was the right choice for the role. The film was originally titled M. Kumaran S/O Bhagyalakshmi before reverting to original title. The film was extensively shot in Malaysia.
|M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||Oct 1, 2004|
|Srikanth Deva chronology|
|1.||"Chennai Senthamizh"||Na. Muthukumar||Harish Raghavendra||4:17|
|3.||"Ayyo Ayyo"||Yugabharathi||Udit Narayan, Shalini Singh||5:47|
|4.||"Vacchuka Vacchukava"||Srikanth Deva||KK, Srilekha Parthasarathy||5:25|
|5.||"Yaaru Yaaru Ivano"||Kabilan||Devan, Febi Mani||5:13|
|6.||"Tamizh Nattu Maanava"||Pa. Vijay||Shankar Mahadevan, Premgi Amaren||5:22|
|7.||"Neeye Neeye II"||Vaali||Srikanth Deva||6:22|
The film received generally positive reviews with Indiaglitz.com saying "If you like films with sentiments, M Kumaran...is for you". Behindwoods.com stated that "Raja has done well for his second film" and "he has well defined the relationship between a mother and a son in this movie", while The Hindu wrote that "casting is a main draw", praising the inclusion of Nadhiya. Rediff.com also listed the film amongst the "best Tamil films of 2004", stating that the film was "a big success".
The film collected share of ₹54 lakh in 40 days in Chennai and ₹5 crore throughout Tamil Nadu selling 3 million tickets.
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