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Cast: Kamal Haasan, Madhavan, Trisha, Sangeetha
Direction: K S Ravikumar
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Manmadhan Ambu – Comedy Dart On Target
Kamal Haasan has the habit of doing a light vein comedy after doing a much demanding film to relax. ‘Manmadhan Ambu’ is an unwinding film for Kamal after the heavy dose ‘Dasavatharam’.
‘Manmadhan Ambu’ is a full length romantic comedy produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin for Red Giant Movies. It is said to have been inspired from the 1998 American comedy film ‘There’s Something About Mary’ directed by the Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter starring Matt Dillon, Cameron Diaz & Ben Stiller.
The Tamil film stars Kamal Haasan, Trisha & Madhavan in the all important characters with stellar support from Sangeetha, Ramesh Arvind, Manju Pillai, Kavita Radheshyam, Usha Uthup in good supporting roles. If that is not enough Surya & ‘Kalavani’ Oviya are playing a guest roles in the film.
The story of ‘Manmadhan Ambu’ is said to be this. Madhana Gopal (Madhavan) is deeply in love with Ambujam (Trisha) but their love breaks over a crazy incident and they separate. They don’t see each other for a few years. But Madhan’s is still crazy about her and is curious to trace her and begin a new life wit her. But Madhan is not sure whether even Ambu is still craving for him. At the insistence of his good friend (Ramesh Arvind), Madhan hires a private detective, a former Commando Major R. Mannar (Kamal Haasan) to track her and find out if she too is still truly in love with him.
So is the title MANnarMADHAN AMBUjam. Later Major R. Mannar traces Ambujam who is an actress now and follows her up as if on an assignment. They both get acquainted on a luxury cruise liner during a film shooting and he has seven days to complete the task. Meanwhile the detective’s love Deepa (Sangeetha) who is also a friend of Ambujam mistakes his trail and suspects that he is two-timing her. When things go off Madhan enters and explains every thing. Then they all live happily ever after.
The screenplay and dialogues of the film is written by Kamal Haasan and his favorite Crazy Mohan.
The film was launched on June 3 at AVM studios in Chennai. Most part of this urban hip comedy is taken on a luxury ship floating in the Mediterranean Sea and in out of the ordinary locations in places like Rome, Venice, Paris and Barcelona.
One important trend started by Kamal with ‘Manmadhan Ambu’ is that all the actors did perfect rehearsals before the shoot began and got familiarized with their roles. This has ensured the genuineness to the performances. Kudos to Kamal!
This is the fifth Kamal film directed by KS Ravikumar. As most of their films together were laugh riots. You can expect the same treat in this too. Trisha and Sangeetha are working with K.S Ravikumar and Kamal for the first time. Trisha who missed ‘Dasavatharam’ with Kamal gets her first film with him. Madhavan co-stars with Kamal after ‘Anbe Sivam’.
The music of the film is by Devi Sri Prasad. It album has seven tracks. Kamal Haasan has written five of the six songs and more he has sung three of them. Trisha for the first time has dubbed for her character and also singsongs with Kamal for a number in Tamil. Andrea has performed a rock n roll with elegance.
There is one song ‘Oyyale’ which seems a situation song in which Suriya appears with Trisha. Trisha is an actress and this song could be a shooting of her film.
The audio of the film was launched with much fanfare in Singapore on November 20 at The MAX Pavilion Singapore Expo in Singapore. The audio launch was very dramatic with Kamal and Trisha performing on stage, Maddy break down after listening to Kamal singing and more.
A new cameraman Manush Nandan, an associate with Ravi K Chandran is being introduced. He is the son of the popular journalist Gnani.
Though ‘Manmadhan Ambu’ is a comedy it has its action moments for Kamal. Stunt Master Ramesh has choreographed some entertaining action sequences using experts like Hugo Brallier from France and William Wong from Malaysia.