Amrutha (2002)

 ●  Telugu ● 2 hrs 16 mins

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The abandoned at a refugee camp in Rameswaram, India and presumed to be an orphan is a beautiful young girl child. She gets noticed by noted Tamil author Thiruchelvan, who lives with his sister, Kamalee, her husband, and their son, and authors books under the pen-name of 'Indra', who is actually an attractive TV news-woman who lives next door. When he comes forward to adopt her, he is initially refused, as he must be married in order to adopt any child. He accordingly gets married to Indra, and they adopt the child and name her Amudha. After Amudha completes her 9th year, she is told that she has been adopted, compelling her to start searching for her biological mother. The crux of the tale revolves around her search, and the effect it has on the whole family.
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Cast: R Madhavan , Simran Bagga

Crew: Mani Ratnam (Director), Ravi K Chandran (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, War

Release Dates: 14 Feb 2002 (India)

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Did you know? The film premiered at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival, and was selected as India's official entry to the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Spoken Languages:
English, Tamil, Sinhala
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Sound Mix:
DTS, DTS Stereo, Stereo
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
As most of the cast were non-native Tamil speakers, dubbing artistes were used with actresses Suganya and Deepa Venkat lending their voices for Nandita Das and Simran respectively. Furthermore Mounika lent her voice for Easwari Rao's character, while Thalaivasal Vijay spoke lines for Chakravarthy.

Parts of the film shown to be Colombo in the film were shot in Puducherry, while shooting also took place at exotic locations in the forests of Kerala to depict the base of the LTTE in northern Sri Lanka.

The title of the film 'Kannathil Muthammittal' (A peck on the cheek) was taken from a famous phrase from a poem written by Subramanya Bharathi.

P. S. Keerthana, the second daughter of actors Parthiban and Seetha, made her debut into the Tamil film industry as a child artiste in the film, playing a pivotal role.

Nandita Das made her debut in Tamil films with this movie, and in a later interview mentioned that the team shot for nearly thirteen hours a day.

Madhavan and Simran thus shot for two films simultaneously together, as they had also been cast in K. Balachandar's 'Paarthale Paravasam' also as a married couple.

For the role of Indira, Mani Ratnam considered casting either Rani Mukerji, Soundarya or relative newcomer Bhumika Chawla, before finalising Simran to portray the character.

This was actor Madhavan's third straight Mani Ratnam project after 'Alaipayuthey' and the Mani Ratnam production, 'Dumm Dumm Dumm'.

The film was the third in a trilogy of films based on love and peace in the backdrop of war - after 'Roja' (1992) and 'Bombay' (1995) - with Mani Ratnam choosing to base the film with the backdrop of the Sri Lankan Civil War.

The film received high critical acclaim upon release and went on to win six National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards South and Best Film awards at six international film festivals.

This offbeat drama received a strong reception when screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2003.

The film premiered at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival, and was selected as India's official entry to the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

The movie is inspired by a Time magazine article about an American couple who took their daughter to Philippines to meet her biological mother.
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Dubbed from: Kannathil Muthamittal (Tamil)