Kannathil Muthamittal

Kannathil Muthamittal


Say Kannatthil Mutthamittal and the dialogues/scenes that come to my mind are:

Introduction scene of Amudha: “En paeru T.Amudha. Naan 5D la padikkarraen.” (Why do kids always say their section along with their class?)


The dialogue exchange between Madhavan and his fan when that person offers him his seat in the bus brings out the short-tempered nature of the character Thiru so well. (Incidentally, if you haven’t noticed, actor Siddharth will be one of the passengers travelling in the bus)

Madhavan tells his brother-in-law: “Free Advicelaam vaendaam” (This man speaks his mind, doesn’t he!)

Simran cries and Madhavan asks her, “Yaen azhara? Athaan ava enga irukkaannu therinjuduchu illa” and Simran replies, “Enakku azhuga varadhu naan azhudhuttu poraen!” Madhavan just smiles on hearing it. I like this scene.

The scene where Simran and all the three kids literally jump on top of Madhavan! Poor Madhavan! I love it! 🙂


When Simran asks Madhavan whether he is adopting Amudha for the sake of marrying her or is it the other way round, he answers, “Enakku indha kaNNum pidikkum andha kaNNum pidikkum, indha kannamum vaeNum andha kannamum vaeNum.”
(Nice way to escape without answering her question! This does make you wonder whether Madhavan would have proposed first to Simran if he had been allowed to adopt Amudha earlier. Wouldn’t he have waited for her to propose first? After all, he does say earlier in the movie after her marriage gets fixed, ‘Ava manasula dhairiyam irundha ava avana vaendaannu solluvaa’)
The hugging scene that follows this dialogue is well, what’s there to say about it? It is a trademark Mani Ratnam scene! I love the background song, ‘Sattena nenaindhadhu nenjam’.


The scene in the railway station: Simran sees Keerthana. Keerthana knows what she did is wrong and Simran would be angry at her for running away from home. So, she doesn’t hug Simran or anything when she sees her in the station. Simran, in turn, doesn’t want to mellow down in front of her and let out her feeling of joy on seeing her ‘daughter’ again. So, she too just stands silently glaring at her with a stern look on her face. Neither wants to make the first move. Knowing well that he has to take care of the situation, Madhavan prompts Keerthana to come to him with a smile on his face. She runs towards him and hugs him. But, even after this, all Simran and Keerthana are not willing to let go of their feelings. (The beautiful humming of the Kannatthil Muttamittal title song comes in the background during this scene.) In fact, Simran waits till Keerthana comes and apologizes.
This scene affirms what Madhavan says later in the movie, when they are travelling by bus in Sri Lanka, about the stubborn nature of the mother and the daughter. After he says that, Simran says ‘vae vae vae vae’ and he tries to repeat it. That scene brings a smile to your face, does it not? 🙂

The suicide bomb scene holds a special place in my heart due to this.

A few more scenes: the scene where Keerthana calls Nandita Das for the first time as Amma, intro scene of Prakash Raj, the conversation between Madhavan and Prakash Raj before Nandita Das’s brother sees them,….

I can go on and on about many more scenes. But, considering the lengthy post that this one has already become, I am stopping with this. It would be great if you all share your favourite scenes from this movie and any interesting observations that you have made.

P.S.: I was not able to blog much this month. But, am planning to bore you folks by blogging a bit more regularly from today onwards. 😛 By the way, my blog is going to cross 18,000 hits soon! Thank you folks!!!! 🙂



  1. adiya said,

    May 1, 2007 at 7:06 am

    u captured most of the awesome moments. 🙂 few more things are

    nomenclauture for amudha.. 🙂
    Enna peru vaikalam- amudhamaga aval peri olithadhu amudha

    Andha veetu with oonjal just remainds just thathas house.. we have one similar oonjal like that.. 🙂 super….

    inital sri-lanka tamil , prakash raji renanisance song… appa super aa eruku.. 🙂

    neeinga periya movie buff dhaan doubtey illa.. 🙂

    I have my DVD of it. 🙂

  2. chiroti said,

    May 1, 2007 at 9:54 am


    Kannathil Mutthamittaal is a very sensitive movie and I simply love it. I love the mother-daughter chemistry, the father-daughter understanding, the love between husband-wife, their natural reactions, the way Madhavan treats Simran throughout the movie, its really so natural and lovely. The songs are brilliant, esp. Oru devan thandha poove. Simran has looked the best in this movie with simple sarees. I love Sattenu nannaindhadhu nenjam too…:)

    Good writing.


  3. siva said,

    May 1, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Undoubtedly an excellent movie. No director will think of a happy inidan tamil family with a srilankan tamil problems in such a nice way. ur descriptions are nice too! keep writing on mani’s movies.

  4. ranjhith said,

    May 1, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    I feebly remember the incidences in the movie. The best of Creativity shots is the 3rd pic you hav put, the kids & Simran stacking on Madhavan.

    Have to see the movie a time more to really reflect… Like Siva points out, its Undoubtedly Excellent.

  5. Sathej said,

    May 1, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Hello Aparna,
    This is just to let you know that my blog is up,atleast in the outer framework.I have not formatted it well enough.Will do it soon.
    The link is http://nadasudha.wordpress.com.
    It will take some time for me to figure out the numerous options available.

  6. Mathangi said,

    May 2, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    hey aparna! a very good post!
    one of my favourite scene is when the little kid comes running to amudha saying ‘amudha akka’, when she returns home after that station scene.. absolutely cute!

  7. Aparna said,

    May 2, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Those are nice scenes too! Btw, it is “avaLadhu azhugai amudamaaga olitthadhu” 🙂 And, I too have a DVD of KM.

    Thank you 🙂

    Welcome to my blog! Thank you 🙂

    Yup. The third pic is the best!
    Hope you watch the movie soon 🙂

    Happy blogging! 😉

    Thank you!
    You are commenting after a long time. Examkku bayangaramaa padichundu irundhiyaa? 😛

  8. Adiya said,

    May 2, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    nana silsamyathulla correct aa thanava solluven.. kandukathinga. 🙂

  9. Adiya said,

    May 2, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    nana silsamyathulla correct aa thappa solluven kandukathinga

  10. Mathangi said,

    May 3, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    exam la eppavo mudinju pochu.. thats why taking a break now.. 😀
    I am actually enjoying the much needed summer vacation 🙂

  11. Aparna said,

    May 3, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    Ok 🙂

    Enjoy your vacation! 🙂

  12. Bharath said,

    May 10, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    Back to your blog (I keep this in my favourites to see another Mani fan write on her/my favourite director)… Kannathil was brilliant… One scene you missed out is Keerthana running around Madhavan when he’s supposed to tell her that she’s adopted, and her reaction… Of course the railway station scene was excellent along with the scenes just before and after…

    Youre right the bus scene and the scene where someone comes home asking for a donation (was it a donation) bring out Madhavans character very well! But Keerthana steals the show – I just cant imagine how Mani can make her act so brilliantly… The scene that sums up her entire character (being a kid, chemistry with her parents and with her real mum) is when she asks to go back to check the park once more after the bombings…

    Youre too observant – Didnt know that Siddharth was on the bus nor did I realize that it was shot in Pondy!!!!

    Waiting for your comments on his other movies especially Nayagan which I saw probably for the 15th time last week…

  13. Aparna said,

    May 12, 2007 at 10:50 am

    Yup Keerthana’s acting is brilliant. Mani makes almost everyone act brilliantly, doesn’t he? 😉

    A correction: Keerthana doesn’t ask to go back to the park after the bombings. It is Simran who asks that and Keerthana replies they needn’t go since Simran got hurt only when they went there.

    I came to know only from a chat transcript of Mani Ratnam & Keerthana that the scene was shot in Pondy.

  14. Chandu said,

    May 31, 2007 at 3:58 am

    Good post. Definetly KM holds special place.

    Apart from many, I like the the way Mani used graphics to connect the story. Wondering what KM to do with graphics? The scene where Nandita das leaves the child seeing through the window! This is the brilliance of Mani. We’ve always seen many graphics/visualizations used in india cinema. Most of them are to show that they can do some Computer graphics or that they can spend money. But Mani used it such a simple and effective way that you feel like traveling with the story and character. Great!!

  15. Aparna said,

    May 31, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Welcome to my blog! I didn’t know graphics was used there.

  16. Prashaanth said,

    August 19, 2007 at 5:25 am

    Interesting post. But I noticed that no-one had mentioned anything about Prakash Raj’s acting in that film. He has perfectly molded into the role of Harold Wickremasinghe and a person who would not know otherwise would think that he is actually Sinhalese. Infact, the best parts in the movie where those of the small roles: Chakravarthy, Pasupathy and Prakash Raj. Of course, that is to be expected of a Mani film which gives importance to all the characters equally.

    Personally my favorite scene was the scene when Nandita Das tells Chakravarthy that she likes God better than him and Eelam better than God. Another favorite was when Madhavan and Prakash get ambushed and Madhavan’s monologue till he meets Pasupathy (I am familiar with the verses but I am not sure where they got it from. Any help?) Overall, a fantastic movie about a very sensitive subject.

  17. Aparna said,

    August 20, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    Welcome to my blog.
    Yes. Prakash Raj’s acting was too good. He is such a versatile actor that he can handle any given role with ease.
    I have no idea about the verses either.

  18. adarsh said,

    November 13, 2007 at 11:31 am

    man some one please share the meaning of title song “Kannathil Muthamittal” in english..plzzzz

  19. Mohan.C said,

    February 17, 2008 at 1:24 pm


    I recently watched this movie, i liked a small situational song “Satrena Vizhundhahdu nenjham”, when simran accepts madhavan’s proposal in the flash back. is it possible to get that song, i have spent lotta time in google for this some. if any of u have it, just send a link to my email.

    Thnks ppl.

  20. bala said,

    August 13, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    this is movie is the pinnacle of our tamil films

  21. Sri said,

    November 24, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Aparna, super post. Enjoyed reading it. TY!

  22. Rajesh said,

    March 24, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Very good to read…Thanks I got the entire memory of watching the film….

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