Pennin Manathai Thottu

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Pennin Manathai Thottu
Directed by Ezhil
Produced by M. Kajamaideen
Written by V. Prabhakaran
Screenplay by Ezhil
Story by Ezhil
Starring Prabhu Deva
Jaya Seal
Sarath Kumar
Music by S. A. Rajkumar
Cinematography V. Manikandan
Edited by V. Jai Shankar
Roja companies
Release dates
7 July 2000
Running time
Country India
Language Tamil

Pennin Manathai Thottu (Tamil: பெண்ணின் மனதை தொட்டு, English: Touching the heart of girl) is a South Indian Tamil film released in 2000.[1] It contains the song "Kalluri Vaanil" danced by Prabhu Deva Sundaram. The film did well in the box office.


Sunil (Prabhu Deva) is one of the leading heart surgeons in the country. He lives with Ganpat (Mouli) and is loved by everyone in the family. Sunitha (Jaya Seal) arrives at the house along with a kid who has a heart problem. But she lashes out at Sunil when she learns that he is the doctor and meets him face to face.

She has had a bitter past with him. His brother Balaram (Sarathkumar) is a thug but does not want his brother to follow his foot steps, therefore sends him away to study. There Sunil and Sunitha falls in love. Sunitha goes back to her village for her sister's child's ear piercing ceremony. Her sister's husband wants to marry her off to someone. Sunitha calls Sunil asking him to come. But he doesn't come on the day of marriage. Her sister commits suicide to stop the marriage. Sunitha hates Sunil for it and doesn't even want him to operate on the kid.

It turns out that Sunitha's sister's husband had killed Bala on the day of the marriage, therefore Sunil wasn't able to come on time to stop the wedding. Sunitha gets to know this and tries to find and stop Sunil who is going away to Canada. At the end she finds him and they reunite.



After the success of Thulladha Manamum Thullum Vijay and Ezhil immediately decided to follow up this film with another collaboration, Pennin Manathai Thottu, with either Isha Koppikar or Roja to be roped in as the lead actress. However soon after pre-production, Vijay was replaced by Prabhu Deva.[2] Newcomer Jaya Seal who appeared in television advertisements was selected as heroine. Sarathkumar was selected to play a guest role while Madhan Bob was assigned to play a small negative role for first time.

The shooting for the film was held at locations in Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. A song was shot on Prabhu Deva and his brother Raju Sundaram with a set resembling a market place was erected, and about 40 dancers participated in the dance with the duo.[3]

Soramimi spoof[edit]

The song "Kalluri Vaanil" danced by Prabhu Deva Sundaram became widely known on the internet in the form of a soramimi spoof and viral video, following its subtitling as "Benny Lava" by YouTube user Mike Sutton (Buffalax).

The name Benny Lava comes from Sutton's homophonic translation of the Tamil lead line "Kalluri vaanil kaayndha nilaavo?" as "My loony bun is fine, Benny Lava!" (original meaning: "The moon (metaphor for 'my love') that scorched the college campus"). This video led other YouTube users to refer to Prabhu Deva as "Benny Lava".[4]

Another soramimi spoof and viral video featuring this song became widely known among Brazilian internet users. For the creators of this spoof, the first verse of the song (Kalluri vaanil kaayndha nilaavo?) sounds like "Vai lá, Rivaldo, sai desse lago" (Portuguese for "Come on, Rivaldo, get out of that lake").[5]

One version in Spanish became viral, where "Kalluri vaabil kaayndha nilaavo" became "Saluda Ivan, el pan de mi nabo" [Spanish for "Greet Ivan, the bread of my turnip" (Turnip can also mean Penis) ]

Another version by YouTube user mordonopolpo was in Italian, where "Kalluri vaanil kaayndha nilaavo" became "Ah lurida! Vin quando mi lavo" (Italian for "Hey dirty (f)! Come in when I wash up myself").

Reactions to the "Kalluri Vaanil" soramimi were mixed. Some felt that the video was done in "good fun" while others worried that their culture was being mocked. The video was described by the Philippine Daily Inquirer as a "Catchy melody, a battalion of back-up dancers, colorful costumes, impressive vocal gymnastics, jaw-dropping choreography this music video has it all. And if those aren't enough, the person who uploaded this vid also provided subtitles so you can sing along. They aren't the real lyrics though, but just what they sound in English, resulting in a lot of nonsense."[6] The music video was featured on The Colbert Report on 4 December 2008[7] and appeared on the Heavy Metal documentary Global Metal. As of at least 1 April 2011, the original video has been removed because of the disabling of Buffalax's YouTube account. However, several other users have uploaded copies of the original video on their YouTube accounts.


Soundtrack is composed by S. A. Rajkumar. "Kannukkulle" was a hit. There are a total of 6 Tracks in this film.

Pennin Manathai Thottu
Soundtrack album to Pennin Manathai Thottu by S. A. Rajkumar
Released 2000
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Tamil
Label Star Music
Sa Re Ga Ma
Producer S. A. Rajkumar
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Kannukkulle "   P. Unni Krishnan 4:44
2. "Udhadukkum"   Devan 4:37
3. "Nan Saltu Kottai"   Sukhwinder Singh, Krishnaraj 3:56
4. "Kalluri Vaanil"   Devan, Anuradha Sriram 4:45
5. "Thiyagarajarin"   P. Unni Krishnan, Nithyasree 4:56
6. "Kannukkulle Unnai"   Unni Menon 4:45


Balaji B wrote:"the intention of the director may have been to ratchet up the tension, it ends up feeling like an unnecessary extension of an already threadbare movie".[8]


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  2. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: Gossip from the southern film industry". 1999-07-26. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". 2001-03-14. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  4. ^ Phan, Monty (2007-11-06). "Buffalax Mines Twisted Translations for YouTube Yuks". (Entertainment : The Web) (Wired Magazine). Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  5. ^ Rivaldo, Sai Desse Lago on YouTube
  6. ^ Nino Mark M. Sablan, 2bU! Correspondent (2008-05-14). "Philippine Daily Inquirer: Indian invasion on YouTube". Section: Lifestyle, Page: 2 (Philippine Daily Inquirer). (Newsbank Record Number: WDPI66164804). 
  7. ^ (Video) The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 4 December 2008.
  8. ^ Balaji Balasubramaniam. "Balaji's Tamil Movie Reviews". Retrieved 2012-08-29.