Kuselan (2008)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 42 mins

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'Kuselan' is inspired from the unconditional friendship between Lord Krishna, the wealthy king of Dwaraka, and his childhood friend, a man who lived in abject poverty with his large family. Their friendship stands as an archetype to the beauty of this unique relationship since time immemorial. This modern version revolves around a villager, who had shared a strong friendship with a popular cinema actor in his youth. However, due to their different careers they were forced to part ways, one becoming a national figure, the other, a village barber. Decades later, the actor returns to the village to participate in his film's shooting. Whilst the entire village become excited about the prospect of seeing the actor, the barber fears that his old friend would have forgotten him and would neglect him. However, when forced by the villagers to renew contact with his childhood friend, the question remains, will the supremely famous and wealthy actor embrace him? Will the humble barber and his family be rescued from abject poverty?

Cast: Nayanthara Kurian, Rajinikanth

Crew: P Vasu (Director), Aravind Krishna (Director of Photography), GV Prakash Kumar (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family

Release Dates: 01 Aug 2008 (India)

Tamil Name: குசேலன்

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Did you know? Kuselan became the third largest release in the history of Tamil cinema, extracting 1000 prints worldwide, numbers exceeded only by Rajinikanth's previous venture, Sivaji. The film upon release, despite the initial hype before release, received negative reviews and unexpectedly took a lukewarm opening at the box office. Unlike previous Rajinikanth films, on day two of its release, tickets were available in almost all theatres across Tamil Nadu, with the film failing to get advance bookings. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Tamil
Spoken Languages:
Telugu
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies)
Tracklist
01 
06:10
Music Director: GV Prakash Kumar
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: Shankar Mahadevan
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06:14
Music Director: GV Prakash Kumar
Lyricist: Pa Vijay
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07:13
Music Director: GV Prakash Kumar
Lyricist: Vaali
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04:35
Music Director: GV Prakash Kumar
Lyricist: Kiruthiya
Playback Singer: Shreya Ghoshal
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05:36
Music Director: GV Prakash Kumar
Lyricist: Yugabharathi
Playback Singer: VV Prasanna, Kailash Kher
Trivia:
In the original Malayalam version, "Katha Parayumbol", Mukesh's character, the college tutorial was featured. Here in the Tamil version, Director P Vasu has opted that character out for the remake and replaced it by adding in actor Prabhu as the bodyguard of Rajnikanth.

Kuselan became the third largest release in the history of Tamil cinema, extracting 1000 prints worldwide, numbers exceeded only by Rajinikanth's previous venture, Sivaji. The film upon release, despite the initial hype before release, received negative reviews and unexpectedly took a lukewarm opening at the box office. Unlike previous Rajinikanth films, on day two of its release, tickets were available in almost all theatres across Tamil Nadu, with the film failing to get advance bookings.

The shooting for the movie lasted 82 days with the versions being shot simultaneously, and most of the movie was shot inside the Ramoji Rao film city, with other destinations including Kerala and Pollachi.

The film was simultaneously made in Telugu as "Kathanayakudu" with a slightly different cast.

The satellite rights of the film were bagged by Kalaignar TV.