Mouna Ragam (1986)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 25 mins

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This masterfully crafted, evocative love story delves into concepts of love, heartbreak and second chances through the life of Divya (Revathi), who is unable to resign herself to a forced marriage, and married life in Delhi with Chandra Kumar (Mohan). She recalls, in flashback, her carefree days with her first boyfriend, the rebellious social-activist Manmohan (Karthik), who was shot dead in front of the courthouse, just before they were to have a registered marriage. She seeks a divorce, but as the law requires the couple to stay together for a year, they decide to live separately in the same house. Will Divya continue to remain cold towards the warm and loving Chandra Kumar? Can she come to terms with her past and accept the second chance that life has offered her? Will Chandra Kumar continue loving her despite her past love affair and hurtful demeanor?
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Cast: Karthik Muthuraman, Mohan Rao, Revathi

Crew: Mani Ratnam (Director), PC Sreeram (Director of Photography), Ilaiyaraaja (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 15 Aug 1986 (India)

Tamil Name: மௌன ராகம்

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Did you know? Phenomenally successful both critically and commercially, this movie received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil in 1987. Read More
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Feature Film
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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
The soundtrack of this movie consists of five songs composed by Maestro Ilaiyaraaja, and is considered a classic by many music lovers.The hit number Mandram Vandha was later adapted by Ilayaraja in the Hindi movie Cheeni Kum (2007).

Lead actor, Mohan's voice was dubbed by S. N. Surendar.

The song Panivizhum Iravu was shot at the Taj Mahal, while scenes from Mandram Vandha were shot at the India Gate and Sikandra, Agra.

This movie became Ratnam's first film to make excessive use of stacatto dialogues, which became his trademark.

As the story of this movie centres around a person going to a strange place where she does not know the language, where it's colder, she is an alien and then starts belonging to the place, it was set in Delhi.

This movie marked the first collaboration Ratnam's with PC Sreeram as the cinematographer.

This movie was dubbed in Telugu under the same title.

Phenomenally successful both critically and commercially, this movie received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil in 1987.

This movie turned out to be veteran actor Mohan's last blockbuster and was critically acclaimed upon release.

This movie was remade into the Hindi film 'Kasak' in 1992, starring Rishi Kapoor, Neelam and Chunkey Pandey.