My Dear Marthandan

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My Dear Marthandan
Directed byPratap Pothen
Screenplay byPratap Pothen
Story byG. M. Kumar
Produced bySanthi Narayanasamy
C. T. Manohar
CinematographyAshok Kumar
Edited by
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 24 August 1990 (1990-08-24)
Running time
114 minutes

My Dear Marthandan is a 1990 Indian Tamil-language film directed by Pratap Pothen and produced by Sivaji Productions, starring Prabhu and Khushbu. It is loosely based on the 1988 American film Coming to America.[1][2] The film was released on 24 August 1990.


Marthandan lives with his parents in a palace. He sets out to Chennai to find a girl. There he meets "Idea Mani", who is very cunning and tries to make money from the innocent Marthandan in comical ways. He meets a girl named Rani in a bakery and befriends her. The rest of the story is about how he tries to win her over and how he understands the value of money.



The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[4][5]

Track listing
1."Oh Alagu Nilavu"PiraisoodanMano 
2."Aaduthu Paar"Gangai AmaranIlaiyaraaja 
3."Illavattam Kai thattum"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 
4."Kalyana Mapillaikku"Gangai AmaranS. P. Sailaja 
5."My Dear Marthandan"Gangai AmaranIlaiyaraaja 
6."Oh Maharaja"Gangai AmaranSasi Rekha 
7."Paakku Vethala"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
8."Satham Varamal"VaaliMano, K. S. Chithra 
9."Uttalakadi"Gangai AmaranGangai Amaran, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 

Release and reception[edit]

My Dear Marthandan was released on 24 August 1990.[6] N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express wrote, "It has some idealism (message: money cannot buy happiness), it has comical situations abounding and as it is, it is clean, it has engaging music and songs (Ilayaraja) and dance, and it is photographed with an artistry and creativity that only an Ashok Kumar is capable of. It is a technically perfect film that way".[7] Ravi, writing for Kalki, said the film's plus points were the cinematography and music.[8]


  1. ^ "Eddie Murphy-starrer 'Coming 2 America' to release across Indian screens on March 5". The New Indian Express. 4 March 2021. Archived from the original on 4 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  2. ^ Ramanan, V. V. (1 December 2012). "Cinema Quiz". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 22 April 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  3. ^ Sundar, Anusha (25 May 2022). "On Goundamani's Birthday, Revisiting The Comedian's 10 Iconic, Hilarious Sequences". Silverscreen India. Archived from the original on 25 October 2022. Retrieved 25 October 2022.
  4. ^ "My Dear Marthandan (1990)". Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  5. ^ "My Dear Marthandan Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 20 July 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  6. ^ "My Dear Marthandan". The Indian Express. 24 August 1990. p. 7. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  7. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (31 August 1990). "My Dear Marthandan". The Indian Express. p. 7. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  8. ^ ரவி (9 September 1990). "மை டியர் மார்த்தாண்டன்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 13. Archived from the original on 1 August 2022. Retrieved 27 October 2021.

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