Pop Carn

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Pop Carn
DVD cover
Directed byNassar
Written byS. Ramakrishnan
Screenplay byNassar
Story byNassar
Produced byKameela Nassar
Edited byS. Sathesh
J. N. Harsha
Music byYuvan Shankar Raja
Kana Film Makers
Release date
  • 24 January 2003 (2003-01-24)
Running time
127 minutes

Pop Carn is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film written and directed by Nassar.[1] The film stars Mohanlal and Simran,[2] and introduces newcomers Kunal Shah and Jyothi Naval.[3] The title is short for the phrase "Pop Carnival",[4] with a storyline focusing on why marriages between celebrities can suffer due to conflicts between egos.[5]


Popular music director Vikramaditya returns from a long sabbatical to work with a young music troupe and falls in love with a fusion dancer Jamuna. The two marry but fall apart due to their clashing artistic egos. Vikramaditya's daughter Megha attempts to reunite her father and mother, but fails. The rest of the movie shows how Vikramadithya and Jamuna reuniting which forms the rest of the story.



The film was initially set to be titled Theem Thari Kida.[6] In July 2002 the film was reported as being "in the finishing stages."[7] Cinematography was initially supposed to be done by Sridhar and Vikram Dharma is the stunt master.[2]


The soundtrack was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and features seven tracks, the lyrics of which were written by Vaali. Although the film's lead actor, Mohanlal, was said to sing one of the songs, titled "Amme Inge Vaa", it did not feature either in the soundtrack or in the film itself.[8]

Song Singer(s) Duration
"Poovaitha Poovil" Prasanna Rao, Mathangi 4:42
"Kathalaaki Kaninthathu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Srilekha Parthasarathy 4:25
"Antha Semai Thurai" Hariharan, Manikka Vinayagam, Sujatha Mohan 5:25
"Poovellam Paaraddum" Karthik, Tippu, Pop Shalini 1:38
"En Isaikku" Hariharan, Sriram Parthasarathy 4:28
"Naan Vachen Lesa" Srinivas, Vasundhara Das 5:19
"Theme Music" Instrumental 3:04


Director Nassar predicted that Pop-Carn would be "a big hit",[9] and Sify wrote that Pop-corn "is modern family drama about relationships”, expanding that Nassar and Yuvan "created a new fusion music that’s elevated and uplifting."[2] Malini Mannath wrote in Chennai Online, "While Nasser has been able to build up skillfully the relationship between the lead characters, the same cannot be said of his Pop Carnival scenes. Appalling are the flaws in the scripting and narration".[10] Krishna Chidambaram of Kalki panned Nassar for not maintaining tension in proceedings and also the usage of English dialogues. He praised Mohanlal's acting but panned his accented dialogue delivery and also praised Simran's acting though he appreciated the symbolisms used by director but questioned was it enough for the film.[11]


  1. ^ Kumar, S.R. Ashok (23 February 2006). "Nasser: a one-man industry". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 18 September 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "review: Pop-carn". Sify. 2003. Archived from the original on 17 November 2003. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  3. ^ "review: Popcarn (2003) (Tamil)". Now Running. 6 February 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  4. ^ Kamath, Sudhish (23 January 2002). "Pop goes Nasser's carnival". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 19 February 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Nasser". Sify. 2003. Archived from the original on 15 April 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Cinebits". Nilacharal. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Simmering Simran". The Hindu. 3 July 2002. Archived from the original on 28 November 2002. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Mohan Lal sings in Nasser's Pop Corn". india4u.com. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  9. ^ "At home in every role". The Hindu. 11 December 2002. Archived from the original on 13 March 2003. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  10. ^ Mannath, Malini (9 February 2003). "Pop Carn". Chennai Online. Archived from the original on 25 February 2003. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  11. ^ சிதம்பரம், கிருஷ்ணா (16 February 2003). "பாப் கார்ன்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 64. Retrieved 23 February 2024.

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