Pammal K. Sambandam

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Pammal K. Sambandam
Pammal k sambantham.jpg
Directed byMoulee
Produced byMedia Dreams,
P. L. Thenappan
Written byCrazy Mohan (Dialogue)
Screenplay byKamal Haasan
Story byCrazy Mohan
Music byDeva
CinematographyArthur A. Wilson
S. Saravanan
Edited byKasi Viswanathan
Distributed byRaaj Kamal Films International
Release date
14 January 2002
Running time
150 minutes

Pammal K. Sambandam is a 2002 Indian Tamil-language comedy film directed by Moulee and scripted by Crazy Mohan. The film features Kamal Haasan in the title role alongside Simran with Abbas and Sneha in primary supporting roles. The film was produced by P. L. Thenappan under Media Dreams, while Deva composed the soundtrack for the film.[1] 2009 Hindi film Kambakkht Ishq was based on this film.[2]


When stuntman Sambandham (Kamal Haasan) and Dr. Janaki (Simran) come across each other at his brother Anand's (Abbas) and her best friend Malathi's (Sneha) hastily planned wedding ceremony, they instantly develop a dislike for each other. They both have a very low opinion of the opposite sex, and staunchly believe marriage is not the way to go for the two newly-weds, whom they try to discourage from proceeding further.

Janaki convinces Malathi to test out her theory that men are after only one thing, by forcing Malathi to delay their consummation for three months. She is sure Anand will not be able to do so and this will prove to Malathi that Anand is just another low-class male, like all others. Sambandham, upon hearing about this new development, lures Malathi to find Anand with a "girlfriend", hoping she would change her attitude and be a more dutiful wife. The plan backfires and Malathi and Anand end up in divorce.

Later, Janaki is given a watch by her well-wisher to wear as a good luck charm. Sambandham gets seriously hurt during a stunt shoot and Janaki herself performs the surgery on him. After the surgery, while looking at the X-rays, she is horrified to discover that the watch on her wrist has accidentally ended up in Sambandham's stomach. Janaki tries various ways of getting the watch out. By this time, Sambandham begins to fall in love with Janaki and gets engaged to her. After the engagement, Janaki is successful in removing the watch from Sambandham's stomach. Following the surgery, Janaki calls off the engagement and Sambandham leaves with a heavy heart.

Several days later, he accepts an arranged marriage proposal from, Rajeshwari in an attempt to forget about Janaki. Upon realizing her love for Sambandham, she decides to confess her love only to find that Sambandham and Rajeshwari were about to get married. On the other hand, Rajeshwari is not interested in marrying Sambandham and wants to elope with her boyfriend. Sambandham and Janaki helps them elope. Rajeshwari's father (Manivannan) and Sambandham's uncle (Santhana Bharathi) chase the trio to a police station where Rajeshwari and her boyfriend marry. However Sambandham and Janaki also get married at the station and the lodge is gifted to orphan kids by Sambandham.



Kamal Haasan initially approached Moulee to make a film for his own production house, but efforts were unfruitful. Subsequently, the film was started under P. L. Thenappan in August 2001 and the shoot was complete within three months.[3] The film's invitation card for the launch was shaped in the form of the alphabet "K", which formed a significant theme throughout the film. The card also featured images of Devayani who was later replaced in the film by Sneha.[4][5] Devayani was removed after she went on honeymoon following her sudden marriage and thus she was unable to fulfil her original schedules.[6] Kamal Haasan's character was a stunt double under Vikram Dharma in the film and the stunt director had used the air-ramp for the first time in a Tamil film.[7]

The film was initially slated to be released coinciding with the Diwali season of 2001, but due to the delay of Kamal Haasan's other film, Aalavandhan, it was shifted to January 2002.[8] During the making of the film, the significance of the initial "K" was hidden before Kamal Haasan revealed at a press conference two weeks before release that it stood for "Kalyanam" (Marriage), which the lead characters despised of.[9]


Soundtrack is composed by Deva and lyrics for all songs were written by Vaali, Kabilan, P. Vijay and Kamal Haasan.[10]

Pammal K. Sambandam
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAn Ak Audio
Alai Osai
Deva chronology
Pammal K. Sambandam
Track list
1."Gadothkaja"VaaliSrinivas, Mahalakshmi Iyer5:38
2."Kandhasamy Maadasamy"Kamal HaasanKamal Haasan5:30
3."Sakalakala Vallavane"KabilanHariharan, Sujatha5:40
4."Endi Sudamani"VaaliAnuradha Sriram3:54
5."Penne Kadhal"VaaliKK4:22
6."Dindukallu Poota"P. VijayShankar Mahadevan, Mahalakshmi Iyer5:06
Total length:30:10


The satellite rights of the film were secured by Sun TV. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.

The film was initially slated to be released coinciding with the Diwali season of 2001, but due to the delay of Kamal Haasan's other film, Aalavandhan, it was shifted to January 2002.[11] Pammal K. Sambandam took a big opening at the box office,[12] running 100 days in 80 centers.[13][14]


The film received above average reviews with The Hindu claiming that "if Mouli had sustained the humorous strain throughout, PKS would have turned out to be a complete comic treat from start to finish. Why he did not do it remains a riddle." The critic also praised the lead performances and Crazy Mohan's dialogue writing.[15] described it as "an average film", stating that the only "real highpoint is 'Crazy' Mohan's dialogues".[16]

Upon release, the film was also dubbed into the Telugu language as Brahmachari. It was later remade in Hindi as Kambakkht Ishq in 2009 by Sajid Nadiadwala with Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles.[17][18]


V. Shantaram Awards[19]

Filmfare Awards South


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  2. ^ "Bollywood borrows southern spice for 'Kambakkht Ishq', 'Short Kut'". Deccan Herald.
  3. ^ ", Movies: 'We would measure Kamal's hair every day!'". Rediff. 21 January 2002. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
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  5. ^ "Talk of the Town". The Hindu. 4 April 2001. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
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  9. ^ "Talk of the town". The Hindu. 2 January 2002. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
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  11. ^ "Talk of the town". The Hindu. 4 July 2001. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  12. ^ PTI (20 January 2002). "Pancha Thanthiram is Kamal's next film". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Funds elude Kamal Hassan's mega flick ". The Economic Times. 22 April 2003. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  14. ^ ", Movies: Kamal, Madhavan: Boys just wanna have fun". Rediff. 19 January 2002. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Pammal K. Sambandham". The Hindu.
  16. ^ "This stunt is quite average". The Hindu.
  17. ^ "Metro Plus Chennai / Cinema : Just love!". The Hindu. 4 July 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  18. ^ CHOKKAPAN S, TNN (5 July 2009). "I've heard KI is a remake of Pammal: Mouli". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  19. ^ "Devdas, Vivek Oberoi in the race for awards". 19 November 2002. Retrieved 10 December 2019.

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