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Directed by Selva
Produced by K. Dhandapani
Written by G. K. Gopinath (dialogues)
Story by M. Rathnakumar
Starring Arjun
Ashish Vidyarthi
Music by Deva
Cinematography U.K. Senthil Kumar
Edited by Raghubob
Malar Combines
Release date
23 March 2007
Country India
Language Tamil

Manikanda is a 2007 Indian Tamil 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.



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.[1] The film's story happens in a village called Keeripatti where elections were never held for so many years.[2] MGR's hit song "Mama Mama" has been remixed in this film.[3] Due to financial crisis the film was shelved for sometime and Selva and Arjun went on to do Aanai.[4] 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.[5] Project was restarted in 2006 with a change of storyline and it was finally completed.[6]


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Raj TV.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Hindu wrote: "looks outdated".[8] Cinefundas wrote:"The scenes are disjointed, have many loose ends, and lack uniformity and a smooth flow.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".[9]


Soundtrack is composed by Deva.[10]

  • Pondicherry — Shankar Mahadevan, Anuradha Sriram
  • Inji Murappa — Tippu, Anuradha Sriram
  • Hey Mukundha — Karthik, Pop Shalini
  • Madhippukuriya — Manikka Vinayagam, Jailakshmi
  • Mama Mama — Tippu, Anuradha Sriram


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