Muni (film series)

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Muni
Muni logo.png
Series logo
Directed byRaghava Lawrence
Produced bySaran
(Muni)
Raghava Lawrence
(Kanchana, Kanchana 2)
Kalanidhi Maran
(Kanchana 3)
Written byDialogues:
Raghava Lawrence
(Kanchana, Kanchana 2, Kanchana 3)
Ramesh Khanna
(Muni)
Screenplay byRaghava Lawrence
Story byRaghava Lawrence
StarringRaghava Lawrence
Kovai Sarala
Music byOriginal Songs:
Bharadwaj
(Muni)
S. Thaman
(Kanchana, Kanchana 2)
Leon James
(Kanchana 2)
C. Sathya
(Kanchana 2)
Ashwamithra
(Kanchana 2)
Doo Paa Doo
(Kanchana 3)
Background Score:
Sangeetharajan
(Muni)
S. Thaman
(Kanchana, Kanchana 2)
Doo Paa Doo
(Kanchana 3)
CinematographyK. V. Guhan
(Muni)
Vetri
E. Krishnasamy
(Kanchana)
R. B. Gurudev
Rajavel Olhiveeran
(Kanchana 2)
Vetri
Sarvesh Murari
(Kanchana 3)
Edited bySuresh Urs
(Muni)
Kishore Te.
(Kanchana, Kanchana 2)
Production
company
Gemini Productions
(Muni) (Telugu:
Manyam Entertainments
Raghavendra Productions
(Kanchana, Kanchana 2)
(Telugu:
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions
(Kanchana 2)
Sun Pictures
(Kanchana 3)
Distributed byTamil:
Gemini Productions
(Muni)
Sri Thenandal Films
(Kanchana, Kanchana 2)
Sun Pictures
(Kanchana 2, Kanchana 3)
Release date
1: 9 March 2007 (2007-03-09)
2 : 22 July 2011 (2011-07-22)
3 : 17 April 2015 (2015-04-17)
4 : 19 April 2019 (2019-04-19)
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Budget800 million (US$11 million)
Box office3 billion (US$42 million)

Muni is a series of Indian Tamil action horror comedy films created and directed by Raghava Lawrence who also appeared in lead roles in all the films. The first film is Muni (2007) and the second is Muni 2: Kanchana (2011) with the third installment of the franchise titled Kanchana 2 : Ganga (2015). The latest movie, the fourth instalment is Kanchana 3 (2019). All films were massively successful at the box office, continuing the trend of the comedy-horror genre in Tamil cinema that began with Chandramukhi (2005).

All four films revolve around the same plot of a coward who gets possessed by a ghost to take revenge on the people who killed them, rest of the films shows how he takes revenge. Raghava Lawrence and Kovai Sarala are the only actors to appear in every installment of the series. Manobala, Mayilsamy and Sriman who were part of the second film appeared in the third film portraying different characters. Vedhika, who appears in the first film, appears in the fourth film playing a different role.

Basis for all films[edit]

All movies are actually not connected with each other, instead showing another episode in the life of Ganesh/Raghava (Raghava Lawrence). He is usually terrified of ghosts. He always comes back home after 6pm. When somebody or something does scare him at home, he immediately jumps on his mum's (Kovai Sarala) hip. He always goes to sleep and goes to the bathroom with this mum as well. When he does go to sleep, he has a set up. He puts slippers and broomsticks around his bed to protect him from ghosts. He even puts slippers underneath the photo of his dead father (Vinu Chakravarthy), in case he comes in form of a ghost and attacks him. A grown man doing this is why there is a lot of laughs in the cinema.

He has different love interests in each movie with funny parts of him trying to woo them. Soon, they get together. They usually have not much scope in the movie other than that, except for Kanchana 2. The love interest (Taapsee Pannu) is also possessed by a ghost and both her and Ganesh/Raghava act weird.

Ganesh/Raghava normally goes to a place where there is a ghost. For example, in Muni they move into a new house, in Muni 2: Kanchana it's a field where he plays cricket and in Kanchana 2 it is an abandoned house for a TV show about ghosts, and in Kanchana 3, a tree at a forest.

Later, it roams around their home for a bit, causing more comedy bits. Then, suddenly it goes inside Ganesh/Raghava causing him to act weird and freaking out people around him. Then his family arranges a ghost expert to get the ghost out of him. This is where the ghost tells them who they are. Normally, they are innocent people who have been killed for no reason and want to take revenge. Ganesh/Raghava feels sorry for the ghost and lets it use his body to take revenge. Eventually the ghost does take revenge, with a few obstacles. Because Ganesh/Raghava helped the ghost, they are ready to protect him if he is put in danger.

Films[edit]

Muni (2007)

Ganesh (Raghava Lawrence) who is a coward stays in a new house with his family where the ghost of Muniyandi (Rajkiran) has been hovering. Muni was a poor and kind-hearted man who was used by his friend Dhandapani for his advantage. Dhandapani cheats Muni and gets him and his daughter killed. Rest of the film shows Ganesh being possessed by him and taking revenge.[1]

Muni 2: Kanchana (2011)

Raghava (Raghava Lawrence) who fears to venture outside during evening gets possessed by a transgender called Kanchana (Sarathkumar) to take revenge on a minister who killed her for land-grabbing.[2]

Muni 3: Kanchana 2 (2015)

Raghava is a cinematographer for a TV channel and he loves Nandini (Taapsee) who wants to shoot a fake ghost-haunted house so that the TRP rating will increase. To their misfortune, they actually get haunted by not one but five ghosts. They learn that they are the souls of Ganga (Nithya Menon), Shiva (Raghava Lawrence), Ganga's friend, her daughter and husband who were killed by a man who wanted Ganga to marry his disabled son who was also killed in the process.[3]

Muni 4: Kanchana 3 (2019)


Muni 5: Kanchana 4 (Nun) (2023)


Muni 6: Kanchana 5 (Naaga) (2027)

Cast[edit]

Muni[edit]

Muni 2: Kanchana[edit]

Muni 3 : Kanchana 2 (Ganga)[edit]

Muni 4: Kanchana 3 (Kaali)[edit]

Recurring cast and characters[edit]

List indicator(s)
  • This table only shows characters that have appeared in three or more films in the series.
  • A dark grey cell indicates that the character was not in the film or that the character's presence in the film has yet to be announced.
  • A Y indicates a role as a younger version of the character.
  • An O indicates a role as an older version of the character.
  • A U indicates an uncredited role.
  • A C indicates a cameo role.
  • A V indicates a voice-only role.
  • An A indicates an appearance through archival footage or stills.
Character Film
Muni
(2007)
Muni 2: Kanchana
(2011)
Kanchana 2 : Ganga
(2015)
Kanchana 3
(2019)
Ganesh/Raghava Raghava Lawrence
Mother Kovai Sarala
Father Vinu Chakravarthy Vinu ChakravarthyUA
Brother Sriman Sriman
Kamakshi
(Sister-in-law)
Devadarshini Devadarshini
Ghost (s) Rajkiran Sarath Kumar Raghava Lawrence
Nithya Menen Alexandra Ri Djavi
Love Interest (s) Vedhika Lakshmi Rai Taapsee Vedhika
Oviya
Nikki Tamboli
Villain Kadhal Dhandapani Devan Jayaprakash Kabir Duhan Singh

Crew[edit]

Occupation Film
Muni
(2007)
Muni 2: Kanchana
(2011)
Kanchana 2
(2015)
Kanchana 3
(2019)
Director Raghava Lawrence
Producer(s) Saran Raghava Lawrence Kalanithi Maran
Raghava Lawrence
Story and Screenplay Writer Raghava Lawrence
Dialogue writer(s) Ramesh Khanna Raghava Lawrence
Song Composer(s) Bharadwaj S. Thaman S. Thaman
C. Sathya
Aswamithra
Leon James
Doo Paa Doo
Background Score Sangeetharajan S. Thaman
Director of photography K. V. Guhan Vetri,
E. Krishnasamy
Rajavel Oliveeran,
R. B. Gurudev
Vetri, Sarvesh Murari
Editor(s) Suresh Urs Kishore Te. Ruben
Art Director(s) Mohana Mahendran Jana
stunt co-ordinator Super Subbarayan TBD

Legacy[edit]

Along with Chandramukhi (2005), Muni became a trendsetter for horror comedy films. The success of the film inspired several other horror comedy films including the Aranmanai film series (2014) and Darling (2015).[4][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Review : (2007)". www.sify.com.
  2. ^ "KANCHANA REVIEW - KANCHANA MOVIE REVIEW". behindwoods.com.
  3. ^ "Review : Kanchana 2 (2015)". www.sify.com.
  4. ^ "Aranmanai follows Chandramukhi and Kanchana". Behindwoods. 22 September 2014. Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  5. ^ K. Jeshi (8 May 2015). "The funny thing about horror". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  6. ^ Srinivasan, Sudhir (16 January 2015). "Darling: A familiar ghost serves as humour fodder, again". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.