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|Produced by||Murali Manohar|
|Written by||Balakumaran (dialogues)|
|Music by||Harris Jayaraj|
|Edited by||B. Lenin|
V. T. Vijayan
Cee (I) TV Entertainment(p)ltd
Majunu is a 2001 Indian Tamil-language romantic thriller film directed by Ravichandran and produced by Sunanda Murali Manohar. The film features Prashanth and Rinke Khanna in the lead roles with Sonu Sood, Raghuvaran, Rati Agnihotri and Vivek appearing in other pivotal roles. The film's score and soundtrack were composed by Harris Jayaraj, whilst Priyan handled the cinematography. The film was distributed by London-based Tamil Television channel – Cee I TV. The film was released on 14 December 2001 and performed well at the box office.The movie was dubbed into Telugu with the same name.
Vasanth (Prashanth) is the son of a wealthy MP Gajapathy (Raghuvaran) who hates love and is against love marriage. Vasanth lives a fun-filled enjoyable life until he meets a girl (Rinke Khanna) while rushing to save a baby who was about to fall in a railway track while the girl also rushed for the same reason. He develops an attraction for that girl and again meets her in his college. He learns that her name is Heena, a Tamil speaking Bengali girl. Meanwhile, a trap was set for MP Gajapathy to kill him by an explosion in a public gathering. Heena who was on an education trip to Chennai searched for some books in a bookshop. Since the book was not available that day she had to come again to the shop and while leaving the shop a sound comes from her bag which she jokingly mentions being a bomb which on explosion will destroy everything in 20 km. The shop-keeper laughs at her joke. But the sound is the sound of her watch alarm in her bag.
Heena comes again to the shop where the public meeting is conducted. As planned by the terrorists, the bomb explodes but Gajapathy escapes with wounds and injuries. The shop-keeper immediately points Heena to be the terrorist remembering the bomb which she mentioned during her last visit. Also, the circumstantial evidence is against her. Hence, the police and Gajapathy men searched for her, but Heena escapes. Meanwhile, Vasanth dashes one of the terrorists accidentally and finds bombs in his bags. He immediately chases him but the terrorist kills himself using poison when the police catch him.
Heena hides in a house that turns out to be the house of Vasanth. Vasanth finds her in the backyard and takes her to his room. Heena resists the charge against her and claims innocence. Vasanth assures her that he believes her and he has to send her back to Kolkata. Vasanth helps her by keeping her in his room without the knowledge of his parents. Both develop an attraction for each other but Vasanth is keen on sending her home. Heena finds out that he is the son of the man whom she is charged for attempted murder. Vasanth takes her to the railway station and sends her to her native home.
Vasanth lies to his parents and leaves for Kolkata along with his friend to find his love with the hope of finding her knowing her name alone. He searches her in many colleges and finally finds her. She is happy to see Vasanth again and takes him to her home and introduces him to her mother (Rati Agnihotri) while her brother left before his arrival. It is revealed that her brother (Sonu Sood) is the mastermind in the plot for killing Gajapathy which is not known by his family. He comes to know about the arrival of Vasanth and plans to kill him without knowing he saved his sister. Both Vasanth and Heena become intimate which is disliked by her mother. She urges Heena to keep away from him which disappoints Heena. Vasanth expresses his love for her. Heena finds out the real identity of her brother and fears that he might kill Vasanth and so she pretends to reject him. Vasanth is hurt by her rejection but does not back off, hoping to win her love one day. Heena informs Gajapathy about all the incidents and makes him come to Kolkata to take away his son. Gajapathy insists Vasanth that he come with him and he unwillingly accepts. Heena's brother comes to know about Vasanth and Gajapathy and chases to kill them. Heena struggles to save them but Vasanth does not co-operate with her as he wants her to accept him. Heena finally confesses her love and reveals the reason for her behavior is the brother's true identity and intentions which shatters Heena's mother. She unites both of them and asks them to leave the place. Both get into the running train in the nick of time before Heena's brother catches them and he is arrested by police. The film ends with Vasanth and Heena united.
- Prashanth as Vasanth
- Rinke Khanna as Heena (Voice dubbed by Savitha Reddy)
- Raghuvaran as Gajapathy
- Vivek as Mano
- Sonu Sood as Heena's brother (Voice dubbed by Ravikiran )
- Rati Agnihotri as Heena's mother (Voice dubbed by Durga Sundarrajan)
- Vaiyapuri as Vasanth's friend
- S. N. Lakshmi as Vasanth's grandma
- Kavithalaya Krishnan
- Nethra Raghuraman
- Besant Ravi
- Anupama Verma a special appearance in the song "Hari Gori"
- Nagendra Prasad a special appearance in the song "Hari Gori"
- Ramji a special appearance in the song "Mercury Mele"
- Thadi Balaji a special appearance in the song "Mercury Mele"
Murali Manohar signed on actor Prashanth to appear in the fourth successive production for his studio, following the successes of their previous collaborations Jeans, Kaadhal Kavithai (1998) and Jodi (1999). Director Ravichandran, who had delivered a commercially successful film with Prashanth through Kannedhirey Thondrinal (1998), was subsequently chosen to direct Manohar's next production. Hindi actress Rinke Khanna was then signed on to make her Tamil film debut in October 2000 and joined the team after her mother Dimple Kapadia was impressed with the script. Actress Rati Agnihotri also signed on to play Rinke Khanna's mother in the film, making her first appearance in a Tamil film for twenty years. Models Nethra Raghuraman and Anupama Verma also made special appearances in the film.
The team shot scenes in North India, while Prashanth was injured during the making of the film, delaying it temporarily. The art director Yogamahi designed a lavish set in a studio for a song shooting costing Rs.10 lakh, with a Rajasthani ambiance created with 200 people working on it. The film had completed filming scenes by July 2001 and dubbing works began, preparing for a September release, although it was later postponed.
The film opened in December 2001 to mixed reviews from critics, with Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu noting "Majunu is a love story in a terrorist ambiance. The ambiance is undoubtedly different but surely the treatment could have been more gripping." Another critic wrote "The storyline is just stupid and should have never been. But Ravichandran makes a better director than a story-writer, and the movie is at least watchable". Another reviewer noted "The listless romance and the amateurish attempts at portraying terrorism here just prove that the same issues that were merged so effortlessly and effectively in Manirathnam's classic, Roja (1992), can also be combined to create a film that resides on the other end of the 'watchable' scale."
The music was composed by Harris Jayaraj, which was the first film he had signed to work on, though Minnale ended up releasing earlier. The audio cassette of the film was launched in a function held at Taj Coromandel Chennai, where Miss Universe 2000 pageant winner Lara Dutta was the event's chief guest. All lyrics were written by Vairamuthu and Thamarai, while the songs received positive reviews from film critics.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||5 July, 2001|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sa Re Ga Ma|
|Harris Jayaraj chronology|
|1.||"Gulmohar Malare"||Vairamuthu||Hariharan, Timmy, Anupama||5:27|
|2.||"Hari Gori"||Thamarai||Tippu, Karthik, Devan Ekambaram, Ganga, Febi Mani||2:59|
|3.||"Mudhal Kanave"||Vairamuthu||Harish Raghavendra, Bombay Jayashree, O. S. Arun||5:11|
|4.||"Pada Pada Pattamboochi"||Vairamuthu||Shankar Mahadevan, Kavita Krishnamurthy||6:27|
|5.||"Mercury Mele"||Vairamuthu||Devan Ekambaram, P. Unnikrishnan||5:30|
|6.||"Pinju Thendrale"||Vairamuthu||M. G. Sreekumar, Sandhya||5:20|
|7.||"Gulmohar Malare" (Bit)||Vairamuthu||Hariharan, Timmy, Anupama||5:26|
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