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Directed bySelva
Produced byK. Dhandapani
Written byG. K. Gopinath (dialogues)
Story byM. Rathnakumar
Ashish Vidyarthi
Music byDeva
CinematographyU.K. Senthil Kumar
Edited byRaghubob
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Release date
23 March 2007
Running time
133 minutes

Manikanda is a 2007 Indian Tamil action film directed by Selva. Arjun plays a dual role, that of father and son. The film, which began production in 2002, went through more production, and was finally released in 2007, was promoted as Jyothika's "last release". It is a remake of the 2000 Telugu movie Jayam Manadera. Manikanda was opened to mixed reviews.[1]


Raja (Arjun) lives in Mumbai with his father (Chandrasekhar). Mahalakshmi (Jyothika) comes to Bombay to get the blessings of a godwoman but since she is unable to meet Mataji immediately, she is forced to stay in Mumbai for 10 days and rents a guestroom among the many run by Raja. Love blossoms between Raja and Maha and when she returns to her village Maniyoor, he follows a few days later on her invitation. After he lands there, he comes to know of his own link to the village.



Selva who earlier directed "Karna" with Arjun announced the project in mid-2003. Jyothika was selected to play the lead role uniting with Arjun for second time after Rhythm. P. Vasu, Pasupathi, Ashish Vidyarthi were selected to play villains. There were rumours that film's title would be changed as "Nanba" but later proved untrue.[2] The film's story happens in a village called Keeripatti where elections were never held for so many years.[3] MGR's hit song "Mama Mama" has been remixed in this film.[4] Due to financial crisis the film was shelved for sometime and Selva and Arjun went on to do Aanai.[5] During the time, Selva shelved other projects like "" (with Sathyaraj and Sibiraj) and "Thotta" (with Jeevan and Priyamani which he later continued) and finished Nenjil with Navdeep.[6] Project was restarted in 2006 with a change of storyline and it was finally completed.[7]


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Raj TV.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Hindu wrote: "looks outdated".[9] Cinefundas wrote:"The scenes are disjointed, have many loose ends, and lack uniformity and a smooth flow. It’s only towards the end that it perks up".[10]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelHit Musics

Soundtrack is composed by Deva, with lyrics written by Piraisoodan, Na. Muthukumar and Kabilan.[11]

No. Song Singers Lyrics
1 Hey Mukundha Karthik, Pop Shalini Na. Muthukumar
2 Inji Murappa Tippu, Anuradha Sriram
3 Madhippukuriya Manikka Vinayagam, Jayalakshmi Piraisoodan
4 Mama Mama Tippu, Anuradha Sriram Na. Muthukumar
5 Pondicherry Shankar Mahadevan, Anuradha Sriram Kabilan


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  8. ^ "Manikanda on Friday 14,10:30 PM on Raj TV November". Burrp TV Guide. 14 November 2014. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
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