Vietnam Colony (1994 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Santhana Bharathi|
|Produced by||C. V. Rajendran|
|Written by||Crazy Mohan (dialogue)|
|Screenplay by||Santhana Bharathi|
|Cinematography||M. S. Prabhu|
|Edited by||N. Chandran|
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Vietnam Colony is a 1994 Indian Tamil-language comedy film directed by Santhana Bharathi. The film features Prabhu, Vineetha, Goundamani and Manorama in the lead roles. It is a remake of the Malayalam film of the same name which itself was based on the 1983 Scottish movie Local Hero. In Vietnam Colony, two men try to persuade a bunch of colony residents to relocate to another location for the sake of a corporate project, but the residents, including a number of goons, come in their way. The film was released on 15 July 1994.
Venkatakrishnan (Prabhu), hailing from an Orthodox Brahmin community, gets a job with Calcutta Constructions as its supervisor. The company has been in efforts to restructure their land by vacating an illegal colony lying adjacent to its premises. Popularly known as Vietnam Colony, it is inhabited by daily labourers. The company has been in efforts to demolish the colony for long time, but failed to do so. The colony is now under the rule a few hardcore criminals to whom the residents have to pay specific amount every week. Now, Venkatakrishnan is appointed by the company to evacuate the colony by dealing with these criminals. He is assisted by Joseph (Goundamani). Both arrive in the colony under the disguise of professional writers who are planning to write a story on the life of colony residents.
Upon arrival, both enter the house of Manorama in search of a house, but she mistakes them to have come to see her daughter Gayathri (Vineetha) and calls her to bring tea and snacks. But after knowing that the goof happened, she lets them stay on the top floor of her house. Upon the advice of the house broker, Manorama believes that with time, her daughter might fall in love with Venkatakrishnan and get married to him. In the coming days, Venkatakrishnan befriends with various members of the colony and tries to read out their idea about vacating the colony. But he realises it is not an easy task to evacuate the people and thinks about different plans to be operated. From Manorama, Venkatakrishnan comes to know that the entire colony was owned by Sulaiman (Nassar), a millionaire, who gave up his mother for money. What happens next is the rest of story.
Vietnam Colony was a remake of the 1994 Malayalam film of the same name. The film was initially titled as Indru Mudhal before it was reverted to original title. Gauthami was initially selected as the lead actress but she was replaced by debutant Vineetha. Crazy Mohan wrote the dialogues.
|1||"Kaiyil Veenai"||Bombay Jayashree||Vaali||4:58|
|2||"Margazhi Masam"||Mano, Swarnalatha||Pulamaipithan||4:41|
|3||"Samikku Nan Poo"||Mano||Vaali||4:53|
|6||"Yennamo Solla"||Mano, Swarnalatha||Pulamaipithan||5:08|
Release and reception
Vietnam Colony was released on 15 July 1994. On 22 July 1994, The Indian Express wrote, "An unusual story by Siddiq-Lal keeps the proceedings alive for the most part." On 6 August 1994, New Straits Times wrote, "This is a serious story but what we get are comic situations which Santhana Bharathi manages very well".
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- Vijiyan, K. (6 August 1994). "Tale pits settlers against developer". New Straits Times. p. 15.
- "When 'Crazy' Mohan made us laugh..." The Hindu. 20 October 2016. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
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- "Vietnam Colony". The Indian Express. 15 July 1994. p. 4.
- "Rib-tickling". The Indian Express. 22 July 1994. p. 6.