Vasool Raja MBBS
|Vasool Raja MBBS|
|Produced by||Gemini Film Circuit|
|Written by||Crazy Mohan (dialogues )|
|Screenplay by||Rajkumar Hirani,
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
|Story by||Rajkumar Hirani|
|Edited by||Suresh Urs|
|Distributed by||Raaj Kamal Films International|
|12 August 2004|
Vasool Raja MBBS (Collection King MBBS) is a 2004 Indian Tamil comedy film starring Kamal Haasan and directed by Saran. A remake of Hindi film Munnabhai MBBS, the cast included Prakash Raj, Prabhu, Sneha, Jayasurya, Nagesh, Malavika and Karunas. The film's music was composed by Bharadwaj.
Rajaraman, nicknamed "Vasool Raja" (Kamal Haasan) is a local don in Chennai, making a living by collecting money from people who refuse or dilly-dally in paying their debts to others, with the help of his right hand man Vaddi (Prabhu Ganesan). Given that his father had wished him to be a doctor, he creates the faux Venkataraman Charitable Hospital. which is named after his father and pretends to live in accordance with this wish whenever his father (Nagesh), Sriman Venkatraman and mother, Kasturi (Rohini Hattangadi) visit him in Chennai.
One year, however, Raja's plan goes awry when Sriman meets an old acquaintance, Dr. Vishwanathan (Prakash Raj) and the two men decide to get Raja married to Vishwanathan's daughter, Dr. Janaki aka "Paapu" (Sneha), who was a childhood friend of Raja under that name. At this point, the truth about Raja is revealed. Vishwanathan insults Sriman and Kasturi and calls them "fools" for being ignorant of Raja's real life. Sriman and Kasturi, who are both aghast and heartbroken, left Raja for their village.
Raja, in grief and despair, decides that the only way to redeem himself and to gain revenge for the humiliation suffered by Sriman at the hands of the spiteful Vishwanathan is to become a doctor. He decides to go to a medical college to obtain an M.B.B.S. degree, the graduate medical degree in South Asia.
With the help of Vaddi and others, Raja gains admission to the SLR Institute of Medical Sciences by threatening Dr. Margabandhu (Crazy Mohan), who is a faculty member of the college, where he again encounters Vishwanathan, who is the dean of the college. His success there becomes dependent upon the coerced help of Dr. Margabandhu. While Raja's skills as a medical doctor are minimal, he transforms those around him with the "Kattipudi Vaithiyam" ("hugging therapy") — a method of comfort taught to Raja by Kasturi — and the compassion he shows towards those in need. Despite the school's emphasis on mechanical, Cartesian, impersonal, often bureaucratic relationships between doctors and patients, Raja constantly seeks to impose a more empathetic, almost holistic, regimen. To this end, he defies all convention by treating a brain-dead man as if the man were able to perceive and understand normally; intimidating Dr. Kalidas (Chitra Lakshman) into admitting and treating a suicide patient(Nithin Sathya) interacts on familiar but autocratic terms with patients; humiliates school bullies; effusively thanks a hitherto-underappreciated cleaner; helping a terminally ill cancer patient Zakir (Jayasurya); and encourages the patients themselves to make changes in their lives, so that they do not need pharmaceuticals or surgery.
Vishwanathan, who perceives all this as symptoms of chaos, is unable to prevent it from expanding and gaining ground at his college. He becomes increasingly irritable, almost to the point of insanity. Repeatedly, this near-dementia is shown when he receives unwelcome tidings and he begins laughing in a way that implies that he has gone mad. This behaviour is explained early on as an attempt to practice laughter therapy, an attempt that seems to have backfired — Vishwanathan's laughing serves more to convey his anger than diffuse it. Meanwhile, Janaki becomes increasingly fond of Raja, who in his turn becomes unreservedly infatuated with her. Some comedy appears here, because Raja is unaware that Janaki and his childhood friend "Paapu" are one and the same; an ignorance that Janaki hilariously exploits. Vishwanathan tries several times to expel Raja, but is often thwarted by Raja's wit or the affection with which the others at the college regard Raja, having gained superior self-esteem by his methods.
Eventually, Raja is shamed into leaving the college: His guilt for not being able to help Zakir gets the better of him. In the moments immediately following Raja's departure, the bed ridden man miraculously awakens from his vegetative state; at this point Janaki gives a heartfelt speech where in she criticises Vishwanathan for having banished Raja, saying that to do so is to banish hope, compassion, love, and happiness, etc. from the college. Vishwanathan eventually realises his folly.
Raja later marries Janaki, learning for the first time that she is "Paapu", while reconciling with Sriman and Kasturi.
- Kamal Haasan as Rajaraman Venkatraman (Vasool Raja)
- Prabhu as Vatti
- Sneha as Janaki Vishwanathan (Paapu)
- Prakash Raj as Vishwanathan
- Nagesh as Sriman Venkatraman
- Thalaivasal Vijay
- Ajay Rathnam
- Kavithalaya Krishnan
- Crazy Mohan as Margabandhu (Mark)
- Santhana Bharathi
- Madhan Bob
- Chithra Lakshmanan
- Karunas as Amit
- Yatin Karyekar as Anand
- Kaka Radhakrishnan
- A. K. Veerasamy as hospital cleaner
- Malavika as Priya
- Rohini Hattangadi as Kasturi
- Jayasurya as Zahir
- Ragasya as dancer in song "Cheena Thaana"
- Meera Krishnan
- Kadhal Sukumar
- Karate Raja
- E. Ramdoss as ward boy
- Nithin Sathya as Neelakandan
Simran was initially approached to play the leading female role but her reluctance to accept the offer immediately due to her post marriage meant that the team sought and consequently signed on actress Sneha for the film. Saran hoped to sign on director K. Balachandar to play Kamal Haasan's father in the film, with the veteran director being both Kamal Haasan's and Saran's film industry mentor. However Balachandar was reluctant to act and the team finalised Girish Karnad for the role, before later replacing him with veteran actor Nagesh. Actor Dhanush initially agreed to play a cameo role in the film, as he was a big fan of Kamal Haasan, but later opted out.
Production on the film cost a total of ₹5.5 crore rupees.
|Vasool Raja MBBS|
|Soundtrack album by Bharathwaj|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
An Ak Audio
|4||"Kaddu Thiranthae"||Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam||5.24|
|2||"Kallakapovathu Yaaru"||Kamal Haasan, Sathyan||4.37|
|3||"Love Pannuda"||Kamal Haasan||5.13|
|6||"Pathukullae Number"||Kay Kay, Shreya Ghosal||5.19|
|5||"Sakalakala Doctor Doctor"||Bharathwaj||4.31|
|1||"Seena Thana (Siruchi)"||Grace Karunas||4.38|
Made on a budget of ₹6 crore, Vasoolraja MBBS was sold for ₹1 crore in Coimbatore distribution territory with 20 prints. The film was released in about 285 screens worldwide to highly positive reception and box-office success Tabloid reported 10 million tickets were sold worldwide.
The film faced controversy as the petition filed by Tamil Nadu Medical Council president K R Balasubramanian stated that the film's title ridiculed the medical profession and tarnished the image of the medical fraternity. Moreover, the film title is a mockery on the medical profession which would lower dignity of the medical fraternity in eyes of public.
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