Kadhala Kadhala (1998)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 22 mins

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Ramalingam (Kamal Haasan) and Sundaralingam (Prabhu Deva) are simpletons who are always in search of ways to earn a quick buck. Sundaralingam is an artist with good talent, while Ramalingam is the business brain who brings in money, mostly by fraudulent means. They fall in love - Sundaralingam with Janaki (Rambha) and Ramalingam with Sundari (Soundarya). Both are students of art. Janaki's father, played by the music director M. S. Viswanathan, rejects Sundaralingam. Sundari convinces Janaki to write letters falsifying Sundaralingam's rise to fame and big money, eventually lying that Janaki and Sundaralingam now has a son, hoping to win over the parents with sentiment. Janaki's dad, worried that his grandson might be brought up poorly, arrives at a mansion that has been set up to look like Sundaralingam's new property, along with her mom (Srividya). Meanwhile, Sundari's dad (Moulee) also makes an unexpected stop there to check on his daughter. A small misunderstanding during introductions and progressively bigger lies to cover the initial lies lead to a side-splitting laugh riot. How those four eventually overcome their problems and find happiness forms the rest of the story.

Cast: Kamal Haasan, Prabhu Dheva, Rambha, Soundarya Raghu

Crew: Singeetam Srinivasa Rao (Director), S Tirru (Director of Photography), Karthik Raja (Music Director)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Release Dates: 10 Apr 1998 (India)

Tamil Name: காதலா காதலா

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Did you know? The film was initially expected to be directed by KS Ravikumar who directed the successful "Avvai Shanmughi" with Kamal Haasan in the lead earlier, but he was later replaced by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao after he refused to sign the film until the FEFSI strike of 1997 had stopped. Read More
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as Ramalingam
as Sundaralingam
as Janaki
as Sundari
as Mohan
as Chokkalingam
as Williamson
as Varadachaari
as Vikadananda
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
as Paramasivam/Janaki's Father
as Balamurugan
as Noorjahan
as Parvathy/Janaki's Mother
as Singaram
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Dialogue Writer

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Director of Photography

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Tamil
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
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Music Director: Karthik Raja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan, Udit Narayan
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Music Director: Karthik Raja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: Hariharan, Charuben Patel
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Music Director: Karthik Raja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan
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Music Director: Karthik Raja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: Karthik Raja
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Music Director: Karthik Raja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan, Karthik Raja
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Music Director: Karthik Raja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan, Charuben Patel
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Music Director: Karthik Raja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: Hariharan, Charuben Patel
Trivia:
In 2010, the producer of the film PL Thenappan threatened legal action against the makers of the Hindi film, "Housefull" for remaking scenes from the film without permission.

PL Thenappan revealed he had dubbed the film into Hindi in the late 1990s as "Mirchi Masala", but the version did not release.

The film was initially expected to be directed by KS Ravikumar who directed the successful "Avvai Shanmughi" with Kamal Haasan in the lead earlier, but he was later replaced by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao after he refused to sign the film until the FEFSI strike of 1997 had stopped.

Actresses Meena and Simran's unavailability led to Rambha being cast in a lead role. Nagma also opted against signing the film fearing that a potential clash may arise with actress Rambha, after the pair's alleged fall out on the sets of "Janakiraman".

After Soundarya's death in 2004, Kamal Haasan paid tribute by revealing that "she came forward to do the movie, when the rest of the industry was unwilling to work with me (Kamal Haasan)".