|Produced by||S. V. Thangaraj|
|Written by||Govind Padman,|
|Edited by||P. C. Mohanan|
Sundara Travels is a 2002 Tamil language comedy film directed by Thaha. The film stars Murali, Vadivelu and Radha in lead roles while P. Vasu, Sabitha Anand, and Vinu Chakravarthy appear in supporting roles. Written by Govind Padman and Mahesh Mithra, it is a remake of their Malayalam film Ee Parakkum Thalika (2001). The music was composed by Bharani, with editing done by P. C. Mohanan. The film released on 6 September 2002.
Gopikrishna (Murali) owns an old bus which was received as compensation for his father's road accident. Gopi is now facing lots of consequences due to the bus's pathetic condition. He had sold many valuable things to maintain this bus, and his friend Azhagu (Vadivelu) was his only companion and the bus's cleaner. A mouse had eaten Azhagu's passport and spoiled his chances of going abroad. Some part of the film's comedy involves Azhagu running behind the mouse for revenge. A live TV show in which Gopi insults the City Traffic Commissioner (Vinu Chakravarthy) lands him in more trouble when the latter commands Gopi to leave the city with the bus. His other friends, advocates, and well-wishers try to help him with a bank loan to run a mobile kitchen (Tattukada) from his bus. The plot took a turn when a girl named Vasanthi (Radha) enters the bus as a nomad, but she was actually Gayathri, the daughter of an influential and politically powerful minister (P. Vasu) in Puducherry. Her father forced her to join politics, which made her leave home. Initially, Gayathri declines to leave the bus, despite Azhagu's and Gopi's constant efforts. The police traces her and takes her back to her father's custody. Her father was making arrangements for her marriage with someone else. Meanwhile, Gopi realized that he could not live without Gayathri. Gopi and Azhagu secretly entered her house, and finally, all ended well by winning the heart of Gayathri's father.
Malayalam hit "Ee Parakkum Thalika" starring Dilip and Nitya Das and directed by Thaha comes to Tamil as "Sundara Travels". While Thaha directs the Tamil version too, the lead roles are played by Murali and Radha from Andhra. The supporting cast has Vadivelu, Vinu Chakravarthy, Manivannan, Sabita Anand, Ilavarasu, Pandu, Delhi Ganesh, Madan Bob, with director P. Vasu too enacting a crucial role.
Bharani sets to tune the lyrics penned by Pa. Vijay, Snehan and Newton. While cinematography is by Selva, editing is by Mohan, sets are by Mohan Mahendran, and dance choreography by Cool Jayant. Shooting commenced at Kodaikanal, and held at locations in Kerala and Thenkasi.
The film received mixed reviews. Balaji wrote: "Sundara Travels is more a series of contrived incidents than a movie and fails rather badly in its attempt to raise laughs". The Hindu wrote: "The director starts off very well but loses steam midway and presents something predictable".
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There are the 6 songs in this film composed by Bharani.
|1.||"Adada Oorkulathil"||Pa. Vijay||Swarnalatha, Tippu||4:51|
|2.||"Nee Sandhanam Poosiya"||Newton||P. Jayachandran||5:09|
|4.||"En Nenjukkul Veesiya"||Newton||Unnikrishnan||5:09|
|5.||"Malligai Poovukku"||Pa. Vijay||P. Jayachandran||4:52|
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