Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum
|Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum|
Theatrical release poster
|Produced by||Dushyanth Ramkumar|
|Music by||D. Imman|
|Edited by||Richard Kevin|
|Distributed by||Cosmo Village|
Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum (transl. Fish curry and the clay pot) is a 2016 Indian Tamil language fantasy comedy film that was taken in parts of West Malaysia and parts of Indonesia and taken in parts of Cambodia. and written and directed by Amudheshwar and produced by Dushyanth Ramkumar. The film stars Prabhu, Kalidas Jayaram, Ashna Zaveri and Pooja Kumar in the lead roles. It was promoted as the 200th film of Prabhu. Principal photography of the film commenced in November 2015 in Chennai, and was released on 11 November 2016. Kamal Haasan shot for a cameo appearance in the film.
Annamalai (Prabhu) is a single parent to Karthik (Kalidas Jayaram) and owns an Indian restaurant in Malaysia. Annamalai is very fond of Karthik and loves to spend time with him, but Karthik is a fun-loving person who spends most of his time with friends and thinks that his father is too emotional. Karthik falls in love with his classmate Pavithra (Ashna Zaveri), daughter of an IFS officer (Urvashi) who is separated from her husband (Thalaivasal Vijay). Meanwhile, Mala (Pooja Kumar) is a don who falls in love with Annamalai as she is impressed by his cooking style. Annamalai worries that Karthik always prioritizes his friends than him. One day, they meet a saint named Swami (Kamal Haasan), who swaps both Annamalai and Karthik’s souls to make them understand each other’s love. Now Annamalai (in Karthik’s body) goes to college, while Karthik (in Annamalai’s body) takes care of the restaurant. Annamalai understands Karthik’s love for Pavithra and gets close to her family. He also helps Pavithra's mother patch up with her husband in India. Similarly, Karthik understands the hardships faced by Annamalai in raising him from childhood following his mother's early demise and realizes his true love. Karthik also plans to have Mala marry Annamalai. There is also a don (M. S. Bhaskar) who happens to be Mala’s boss and does not want her to marry Annamalai. The don kidnaps Pavithra and Mala. Following a comical fight, both are saved. Karthik apologizes to Annamalai for not understanding his love towards him. Immediately, both souls are swapped back. The movie ends with Karthik getting united with Pavithra, while Mala and Annamalai are also united.
- Prabhu as Annamalai
- Kalidas Jayaram as Karthik
- Ashna Zaveri as Pavithra
- Pooja Kumar as Mala
- Urvashi as Pavithra's mother
- M. S. Bhaskar as Don
- Ilavarasu as Annamalai's friend
- Santhana Bharathi as Pavithra's grandfather
- Thalaivasal Vijay as Pavithra's father
- R. S. Shivaji
- Thalapathy Dinesh
- Kamal Haasan as Swami (guest appearance)
- Y. G. Mahendra in a guest appearance
- Sudha Mahendra in a guest appearance
- Ester Noronha in a special appearance in the "Waka Wowra" song
Dushyanth Ramkumar opted to set up a new production house, separate from his commitments for Sivaji Productions. They initially held Pooja for a movie named Putham Puthiya Copy in June 2015. The film was said to be a Road Fantasy Adventure Comedy Genre film with a newcomer Ganesh Kumar Mohan signed on as the Writer-Director of the film, who had directed short films like 536, Ramasamy, Kuttima and Oorukku Naalu peru. Kalidas Jayaram was selected, after the director had noted his mimicry performance in Vijay Awards stage. This was supposed to be his second Tamil film he signed after, Oru Pakka Kathai which was directed by Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom fame Balaji Tharaneetharan. That film suffered with production delays and released on ZEE5 on December 25, 2020. Further casting developments had Sruthi Hariharan, Nikki Galrani, Kavya Shetty, Shalini Vadnikatti and Anjana Jayaprakash being considered for the main female lead. Finally, it was Deepti Sati, who rose to fame with Lal Jose's blockbuster film Nee-Na grabbed the role of the female lead. Further casting was done, with comedians Karunakaran, Mottai Rajendran and Pandiarajan signed on to play pivotal roles. Technicians like Abhinav Sunder Nayak, Shaan Rahman, M. Prabhaharan and Madhesh Manickam were signed on as Editor, Music Director, Art Director and Cinematographer respectively. It was about to be a Road Fantasy comedy on the lines of Delhi Belly. Location hunt was taking place in and around Chennai, Kanchipuram, Karaikudi, Pollachi, Bangalore, Srirangam and Ranipet. Shooting was about to start on 20 August 2015. But problems with the script and production delays made them to push the shoot to 17 September 2015. But in sudden turn of events, there was a clash between the production and direction department citing issues with the script. Finally, the project was dropped in September 2015. But the production still had the dates of Kalidas, and decided to go with entirely a new team and script. Finally, Amudhesvar who had previously worked as an associate to director Suseenthiran was signed with an entirely fresh script. Production started in October 2015 and they started scouting for locations in Malaysia for the shoot. The new film was titled Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum, starring Kalidas Jayaram, Ashna Zaveri and Prabhu. The film began production in Chennai during November 2015 and then held a second schedule in Malaysia during January 2016. Pooja Kumar joined the team during January 2016 and revealed that she would portray a female don based in Malaysia. Kamal Haasan later shot for a cameo appearance in the film during March 2016.
The soundtrack was composed by D. Imman.
|Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|D. Imman chronology|
All lyrics are written by Madhan Karky.
|1.||"Wako Wowra"||Neha Bhasin, Varun Parandhaman||4:05|
|2.||"Athey Nila"||Sathya Prakash, Shashaa Tirupati, Elfe Choir||4:20|
|3.||"Hey Puthrajaya Poove"||Jithin Raj, Sunitha Sarathy||4:06|
|4.||"Yellam Nadagam Endrayo"||Shankar Mahadevan||4:07|
|5.||"Meenkuzhambum Manpanayum Theme"||D. Imman||2:05|
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