Pennin Manathai Thottu

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Pennin Manathai Thottu
Directed byEzhil
Produced byM. Kajamaideen
Written byV. Prabhakaran
Screenplay byEzhil
Story byEzhil
StarringPrabhu Deva
Jaya Seal
Sarath Kumar
Music byS. A. Rajkumar
CinematographyV. Manikandan
Edited byV. Jai Shankar
Roja Companies
Release date
7 July 2000
Running time

Pennin Manathai Thottu (Tamil: பெண்ணின் மனதை தொட்டு, English: Touching the heart of girl) is a 2000 Indian Tamil film romantic drama film written and directed by Ezhil. The film stars Prabhu Deva and Jaya Seal in the lead roles, with Sarathkumar in an extended guest appearance. Produced by Kaja Moideen, the film was released on 7 July 2000.[1]


Sunil (Prabhu Deva) is one of the leading heart surgeons in the country. He lives with Ganpat (Mouli), who is also a doctor and is loved by everyone in the family. Sunitha (Jaya Seal) arrives with a kid who has a heart problem to the hospital. But she is shocked seeing Sunil there and lashes out when she learns he is the doctor who is about to treat the kid.

The movie goes for a flashback. Sunil's brother Balaram (Sarathkumar) is a thug but does not want his brother to follow his footsteps, therefore sends him away to study. Sunitha and Sunil are classmates in a medical college and they both fall in love. Sunil expresses his wish of marrying Sunitha to Bala, for which he accepts. Meanwhile, Sunitha goes back to her village for her sister's child's ear piercing ceremony. Her sister's husband is money-minded and tries to get Sunitha married to a rich man in return for money. Sunitha is not interested in this alliance as she is in love with Sunil and calls him, asking him to come and rescue her, but he doesn't come. Sunitha's sister commits suicide to stop the marriage. Sunitha is angered on Sunil as he didn't come to save her, which also resulted in her sister's death. Sunitha takes her sister's child and leaves.

Sunil tries to meet Sunitha and convey the reason for not coming to save her, but Sunitha is not ready to listen. Sunil is worried and decides to leave to Canada, accepting a job offer there. Finally, Sunitha understands the truth: her 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 finds out and tries to find and stop Sunil, who is going 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 was selected after the producers had spotted he in a commercial for Sunrise Coffee. 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]

In popular culture[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 "Rivaldo sai desse lago" and "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]

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."[5] The music video was featured on The Colbert Report on 4 December 2008 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.[6] In 2014, British-American hip-hop group Swet Shop Boys sampled the original song for their debut single, called "Benny Lava."[7]


The soundtrack is composed by S. A. Rajkumar. There are a total of 6 Tracks in this film.

Pennin Manathai Thottu
Soundtrack album to Pennin Manathai Thottu by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelStar Music
Sa Re Ga Ma
ProducerS. A. Rajkumar, S. A. Rajkumar
1."Kannukkulle "Unni Menon4:44
3."Nan Uppu Kottaii"Sukhwinder Singh, Krishnaraj3:56
4."Kalluri Vaanil"Devan, Anuradha Sriram4:45
5."Thiyagarajarin"P. Unni Krishnan, Nithyasree4:56
6."Kannukkulle Unnai"Unni Menon4:45


A critic from wrote "the movie has its moments, so I wouldn't say this is a must-avoid" and praised the performances of Prabhu Deva and Sarathkumar.[8] 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".[9]


  1. ^ Archived from the original on 29 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: Gossip from the southern film industry". 1999-07-26. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  3. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". 14 March 2001. Archived from the original on 14 March 2001. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  4. ^ Phan, Monty (6 November 2007). "Buffalax Mines Twisted Translations for YouTube Yuks". (Entertainment : The Web). Wired Magazine. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  5. ^ 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).
  6. ^ (Video) The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 4 December 2008.
  7. ^ Liu, Nelson (August 23, 2014). "Swet Shop Boys "Swet Shop" EP and "Batalvi" Video". Mass Appeal. Retrieved May 27, 2017
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  9. ^ Balaji Balasubramaniam. "Balaji's Tamil Movie Reviews". Retrieved 2012-08-29.