DYK R Madhavan’s ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’ was inspired by an article in Time magazine?
Kannathil Muthamittal is a Tamil-language musical war film directed by Mani Ratnam and released in February 2002. The film starred R Madhavan, Simran and Baby Keerthana in the lead roles and Nandita Das, JD Chakravarthy, Prakash Raj and Pasupathy portraying others essential roles. The film received rave reviews and won six National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards South, seven Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and also received Best Picture awards at six international film festivals. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2002 and was selected as India’s official entry at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. A lot of people don’t know that Kannathil Muthamittal was inspired by an article in Time magazine. Read on to find out Kannathil Muthamittal anecdotes.
Kannathil Muthamittal was inspired by an article in Time magazine
It is a known fact that Kannathil Muthamittal was based on a short story by Sujatha Rangarajan, titled Amuthavum Avanum, however, the film was inspired by an article in Time Magazine. According to IMDb, the film is inspired by the article about an American couple who took their daughter to the Philippines to meet her biological mother. Much like that, the film tells the story of Amudha who learns that she is an adopted child at the age of nine and wishes to meet her biological mother. Her parents Thiruchelvan and Indra leave the comfort of their homes in India to venture into the Sri Lankan jungle with their daughter to reunite with their birth mother amid the civil war in Sri Lanka. They end up discovering Shyama who explains the reason for abandoning his daughter.
Details of R Madhavan’s films
R Madhavan gained recognition in Tamil cinema thanks to Mani Ratnam’s hit romantic film Alaipayuthey in 2000. In 2016 he appeared in a bilingual sports drama Irudhi Suttru which won him the awards for best actor in Filmfare, IIFA and SIIMA. He has appeared in many popular Bollywood films including Guru, Rang De Basanti, Tane Weds Manu, and 3 idiots which became the highest grossing Indian film of all time upon its release. Professionally, he was last seen in a romantic Tamil drama film Maara directed by first filmmaker Dhilip Kumar. The film starred Shraddha Srinath and Sshivada in the lead roles and it premiered on Amazon Prime Video on January 8, 2021. Madhvan will star in Rocket: the Nambi effect, a biographical drama film based on rocket scientist Nambi Narayanan due for release in June this year.
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