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Directed bySanthosh
Written bySanthosh
Produced byV. Ravichandran
CinematographyJ. Sivakumar
Edited byV. Jaishankar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Distributed byGemini Productions
Release date
  • 20 March 2003 (2003-03-20)
Running time
165 minutes

Manasellam (transl.All over heart) is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film written and directed by Santhosh. Produced by V. Ravichandran, it stars Srikanth and Trisha, while Cochin Haneefa plays a major supporting role. The film score and soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. It was released on 20 March 2003 and failed both critically and commercially. It got dubbed as Manasantha in Telugu.[1]


On his way to Chennai, Bala's bag and certificates get stolen in the train. But he has a look about him that endears him to a petty shop owner Sundaram, who provides him accommodation along with a few bachelors in the top portion of his house. Malar stays opposite this house, and the bachelors are crazy about her. They are scared if the handsome and cheeky Bala will try to woo her, so they hatch a plot and frame him so that Malar's two brothers beat him up black and blue. Three strangers, who claim to be his true friends from Hyderabad, save an unconscious Bala.

Now, the true identity of Bala is told in a flashback by these friends, that he is a rich son of an industrialist. Malar saves Bala from an accident, and soon they are in love. But her brothers take her back to Chennai, as their sister had already eloped with someone. The brothers do not want her to commit the same mistake and make her promise that she will only marry someone of their choice. Also, it is revealed that Malar is suffering from some brain disease and will die soon. Knowing this only, Bala has come to stay opposite her house with the hope of seeing and making her happy till the end. Malar's health condition worsens, and she gets admitted to hospital with minimal chances of survival. Bala leaves the hospital crying as he does not want to see Malar die in front of him. The movie ends there.



Vidya Balan was initially selected to play the heroine but was subsequently replaced by Trisha.[2][3][4] Shooting took place at Vijaya Vauhini Studios in Chennai.[5]


Song Singer(s) Lyrics
"Chinna Kuyile" Karthik Ra. Karunanidhi
"Kaiyil Deepam" Sadhana Sargam, Chorus Muthulingam
"Ilaya Nadhi" Srinivas, Sadhana Sargam Vaali
"Nee Thoongum Nerathil" Hariharan Pazhani Bharathi
"Nee Thoongum Nerathil" Sadhana Sargam
"Highwasiley Ley Ley" S. N. Surendar, Tippu, Karthik
"Midnightula" Malgudi Subha, Karthik
"Nilavinile Oli" Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam
"Oru Jodi Kuyil" Vijay Yesudas Mu. Metha


Nanjilonline wrote: "On the whole Manasellam leaves you with a migraine".[6] Bizhat praised the performances: "Trisha, snatches everyone's attention with her flashing smile. Srikanth has delivered his role very comfortably and carries the movie elegantly proving to find his hand over all type of roles and now rolling to reels".[7] Hindu wrote: "Manasellam has the ingredients of an entertaining fare — but the worn-out storyline and trying sequences are stumbling blocks".[8]

Box office[edit]

The film opened in 2 screens in inner Chennai.


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  3. ^ "A Tamil entertainment ezine presenting interesting contents and useful services". Nilacharal. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  4. ^ TNN 13 Jul 2012, 12.00AM IST (13 July 2012). "When Vidya Balan was kicked out". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  5. ^ "ALL SMILES: Miss Chennai Trisha in between shoots on the sets of Manasellam at the Vijaya Vauhini Studio on Dec - Photogallery".
  6. ^ "Manasellam Movie Review - NanjilOnline Movies". Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  7. ^ " - Manasellam Review. Srikanth, Trisha, Vayyapuri, Haneefa, Shyam Ganesh". Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Manasellam". The Hindu. 4 April 2003. Archived from the original on 22 April 2004. Retrieved 4 August 2012.