Pancha Thanthiram (2002)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 34 mins

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When Ramachandramoorthy or Ram.C.M alias Ram (Kamal Haasan), who is a pilot based in Canada and an irrepressible playboy falls in love with Mythili (Simran) and marries her, he is a changed man, becoming completely faithful and monogamous. However, as his wife comes to hear more and more about Ram's past indulgence, she begins to have pangs of jealousy and suspicion which reach a peak when she finds Ram in a Hotel room with the suicidal ex-girlfriend of his friend, Nirmala. Jumping to the conclusion that Ram is having an illicit affair with Nirmala, Mythili breaks up with Ram, and returns to India to live with her parents. Devastated and heartbroken, Ram reaches out to his friends Ayyappan Nair (Jayaram), Vedantham (Vedham) Iyer (Yugi Sethu), Ganesh Hegde (Ramesh Aravind) and Hanumanth Reddy (Sriman) keep his mind off the separation from his wife by taking him on a bachelors' (although they are all married), and who came up with Maggi, a call girl. The rest of this saga delightfully depicts the complex sequence of events that unfold during and after the journey.
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Cast: Kamal Haasan, Simran Bagga

Crew: KS Ravikumar (Director), Arthur Wilson (Director of Photography), Devanesan Chokkalingam (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romantic Comedy

Release Dates: 28 Jun 2002 (India)

Tamil Name: பஞ்சதந்திரம்

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Did you know? The film started shoot in February 2002 and shot in Canada for seventeen days. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Music Director: Devanesan Chokkalingam
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Harini, Mano
Music Director: Devanesan Chokkalingam
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Srinivas, Shalini Singh
Music Director: Devanesan Chokkalingam
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Devan Ekambaram, Mathangi, Timmy
Music Director: Devanesan Chokkalingam
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan
Filming Locations:
During the final chase, Ram is seen hanging from a steel ladder on a van. During close-ups he is shown hanging from a wooden ladder.
Originally former Indian cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth, was supposed to essay the role later played by Yuhi Sethu, but dropped out. Sethu signed on revealing that Kamal Haasan had approached him to be a part of his two previous films, "Thenali" and "Pammal K Sambandam" too, which he did not take up.

A sequel to the film was planned and Ravikumar had hoped to film scenes on a cruise liner, but the project failed to take off.

The movie received a wide release all over India and internationally as well, and also distributed in the Karnataka region.

Sriman was signed after appearing alongside Kamal Haasan in "Pammal K Sambandam", with which the latter was impressed.

The film started shoot in February 2002 and shot in Canada for seventeen days.

In April 2002, Kamal Haasan was prevented from boarding a Los Angeles-bound flight in Toronto during the making of the film, with the security preventing him from passing due to his Islamic-sounding surname.

In June 2002, the five friends in the film along with Deva took part in a promotional tour to publicise the soundtrack in Bangalore.

The film faced trouble during censorship and parts of a song featuring Ramya Krishnan were subsequently cut, giving the film a U/A (Parental Guidance) rating.

The scene of dead body disposal was inspired from Hollywood black comedy "Very Bad Things".