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Kandukondain Kandukondain (Tamil: கண்டுகொண்டேன் கண்டுகொண்டேன்) is a 2000 Tamil film directed by Rajiv Menon. The film was also dubbed into Telugu as Priyuraalu Pilichindi. The film is a contemporary Indian take on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Starring Mammootty as Bala, Aishwarya Rai as Meenakshi, Tabu as Sowmya, Ajith as Manohar, and Abbas as Srikanth.

Set in modern India, it’s a classical tale of a widowed mother and her three daughters: Saumya and Meenakshi who are grown-up and beautiful, and Kamla who is still at school. They live with the widow’s father in his grand country house. The father, who is ill, dies unable to communicate that he wants to change his will. Everything is left to his son, Sam, and Sam’s mean wife. The family of women, who have spent years looking after the father, are evicted by Sam and his wife and are forced to move to Madras. Before this, both elder daughters have developed a romantic interest: Saumya with Manohar, a budding filmmaker returned from America who wants to make his mark in Tamil cinema; and Meenakshi with Srikanth, a young businessman who is involved in some dodgy investments. Major Bala (who is disabled) and his uncle befriend the girls and their mother. Bala, who was a commando major in the Indian army, is shown in the first scene being blown up, resulting in the loss of his leg. He drinks too much as he feels sorry for himself….(wikipedia)

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The USA release is titled “I Have Found It.”

Watch the distraught Aishwarya Rai, as Meenakshi, achieveing her dream as a singer, but it means NOTHING because the man she loves is marrying another. But things aren’t so bad, for Mammootty, as Bala, is about to step in and make things right.

“Engae Enathu Kavithai” sung by K.S. Chitra & Srinivas, music by A. R. Rahman. Chitra’s voice is one of my favorites! Just listen to its beauty:
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Thanks to youtuber guru8537 for the video that includes an English translation. Look what BollyWhat? has to say about it. Lyrics in Tamil.

And if you’re interested in my favorite new internet obsession, it’s watching contestants on “Idea Star Singer 2007,” the Malayalam version of the Idols show.  I particularly like Vani Jayaram. Check out her version of today’s video: “Engae Enathu Kavithai”

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I’d never heard of Silk Smitha until seeing this video on another blog the other day. Watch the video about her HERE, it even includes a glimpse of Rajinikanth!

Pratibhaa, Chennai: She was 220px-silk_smitha.jpgthe Helen down South at a time when South Indian heroines were slowly emerging out of their saris. Silk Smitha scorched the big screen with her item numbers. Eleven years after her tragic death, she is back on the silver screen. Her last film before her death in 1996 – Thangathamarai is getting ready for a release this Pongal, and the producer is hoping for a great opening. “Her height, her body structure and the look she had in her eyes is what endeared her to the audience. So many other actors have their films releasing after their death, they all have fans, but as far as Silk Smitha is concerned all the people are her fans,” says Director and Producer, Thangathamarai, Tirupatiraja. Smitha made an entry into films through Veenayum Naadamum but it was after the character in Vandichakram that she got ‘Silk’ pre-fixed to her name. She’s done over 200 films in all South Indian languages and even years after she’s gone her fan base remains intact. “She’s not just a bomb. She’s a good actress too,” says a fan. Another fan adds, “In her Malayalam film Spadikam, she gives Bipasha Basu competition.” Though she did roles that portrayed her like a sex bomb, she’s proved herself to be a reasonable good actress with films like Moondraam Pirai and Alaiygal Oyvathillai. And whatever be the reason, the fact remains that even 11 years after her death, her fans haven’t forgotten her. (“Silk Smitha’s Coming to Charm You,” indiowo.com)

Then I looked around and had the luck of finding this gem.  It’s a bit PG-13, but it’s worth a watch.  Not sure of the movie, but the actor with Silk Smitha is Vijayakanth:

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With Bhool Bhulaiyaa under my belt, I tracked back to see its real source and to compare the rajini5.jpgclimax scenes in the 3 other movies on which is was based

1. 1993, Malayalam = Manichitrathazhu

2. 2004, Kannada = Aaptamitra

3. 2005, Tamil = Chandramukhi starring Rajnikanth

4. 2007, Hindi = Bhool Bhulaiyaa

Stars in the films:

Manichitrathazhu

(Malayalam)

Aaptamitra (Kannada)

Chandramukhi (Tamil/Telugu)

Bhool Bhulaiya (Hindi)

Mohanlal Vishnuvardhan Rajnikanth Akshay Kumar
Suresh Gopi Ramesh Aravind Prabhu Ganesan Shiney Ahuja
Shobana Soundarya Jyothika Saravanan Vidya Balan
Vinaya Prasad Prema Nayantara Amisha Patel

In the Malayalam original, Shobhana enacted the role and it was a National Award winning performance for the Best Actress. In the Kannada version (Apthamitra), Soundarya one of the top South Indian actresses, played the key role, unfortunately, her last film before her fatal accident. In the Tamil version (Chandramukhi), Jyothika donned the role and was awarded best actress award by Tamil nadu Government. (wikipedia)

I like the Malayalam version for Shobhana’s dancing. I like the tragic dramatic aspect that the actress in Aaptamitra died, so this was her last role. And I like the crazy head rolling end of Chandramukhi. I like the production values of the Bhool Bhulaiyaa version. Which do you like the best?

Watch these 4 and compare, and enjoy:

1. Manichitrathazhu:

2. Aaptamitra:

3. Chandramukhi:

4. Bhool Bhulaiyaa:

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