Minsara Kanna is a 1999 Indian Tamil-language romantic dramedy thriller film written and directed by K. S. Ravikumar (Ravi). The film features Vijay and Monica Castelino in the lead roles, while an ensemble supporting cast includes Kushboo, Rambha, Manivannan, Mansoor Ali Khan, R. Sundarrajan, Karan and Kovai Sarala. The film's title was derived from the song of the same name in Padayappa, which was also directed by Ravi.
|Directed by||K. S. Ravikumar|
|Produced by||K. R. Gangadharan|
|Written by||K. S. Ravikumar|
|Story by||M. A. Kennedy|
|Edited by||K. Thanigachalam|
K. R. G Movies International
|Box office||₹13.1 crore (US$1.9 million)|
Actress Kushboo appeared as one of the main lead actress of the film. The story is about how Vijay enters her house and developing his romance towards Aishwarya, Indra's sister. The music is composed by Deva, and the film opened to negative reviews in September 1999.
Indra Devi (Kushboo), the elder sister of Ishwarya (Monica Castelino), is a rich and arrogant entrepreneur. Priya (Rambha) is her personal assistant. All three of them live in Udhagamandalam (Ooty). Kannan (Vijay) is the only son of a multi-billionaire Devanathan (Manivannan), and has fallen in love with Ishwarya after meeting her in Germany. But after hearing about Indra Devi’s over protective nature towards Ishwarya, Kannan comes to India with his family to somehow convince her under the guise of being a bodyguard to Indra’s family. His younger brother Vetri (Mahendran) works as a servant boy, and his sister serves as a cook for Indra Devi's family. Meanwhile, Indra Devi has a rival Vedhachalam (Mansoor Ali Khan), who is determined to get his son Ashok (Karan) married to Ishwarya. Priya falls in love with Kannan for his good nature, but later gives it to Ishwarya after knowing Kannan and Ishwarya's story and the purpose of their visit to India. It is revealed that Indra hates men because her lover Indra Kumar (B. H. Tharun Kumar) refused to marry her after her face was disfigured in a fire accident. She has since worked hard, educated her sister and has grown wealthy and has done plastic surgery to restore her face. Kannan's family waits for Indra Devi's permission for her sister's marriage, but she agrees to Vedhachalam’s marriage proposal for his son Ashok, but Ashok realizes that Ishwarya loves Kannan and unites them despite the opposition from Vedhachalam. Indra Devi is disappointed and in a fit of rage she tries to commit suicide, but Kannan stops her and says that Ishwarya will die of guilt if she loses Indra for him. He leaves them alone and returns to Germany. In their residence, to everyone's surprise, Indra Devi and Ishwarya appear. Indra has a change of heart and wholeheartedly accepts Kannan as her sister's life partner for his good nature, though he pretended to be a servant. Indra is also united with her lover who has realized his mistakes.
- Vijay as Kannan alias Kasi, the protagonist
- Monica Castelino as Ishwarya, Kannan's love interest
- Rambha as Priya
- Kushboo as Indra Devi, the main antagonist (antagonist role)
- Manivannan as Devanathan, Kannan's father
- Karan as Ashok
- Mansoor Ali Khan as Vedhachalam, Ashok's father and the comic baddy
- Anu Mohan as DCP Vijay
- Manobala as Vedhachalam's henchman
- Madhan Bob as Vedhachalam's henchman
- R. Sundarrajan as Inspector Shiva Kumar
- Mahendran as Vetri, Kannan's Younger Brother
- B. H. Tharun Kumar as Indra Kumar, Indra Devi's husband
- Kovai Sarala as a flower seller
- Bhavana as Kannan’s sister
- K. S. Ravikumar as Mahendran (guest appearance)
Following the success of Padayappa (1999), producer K. R. Gangadharan signed on K. S. Ravikumar to direct a film and was insistent that the title should be Minsara Kanna, after the popular song from Ravikumar's earlier film. The story and script of the film was then subsequently worked on by Ravikumar and co-written by M. A. Kennedy, who had previously worked in the film Pistha. The film was launched in March 1999 at the Kavithalaya Studio, with Rajinikanth, Vijay, Ravikumar and K. Balachandar attending the inaugural event and the filming began in May 1999. The film saw the first and only collaboration to date between K. S. Ravikumar and Vijay, with the actor mentioning he was delighted with the pace and commitment that the director injected into production. It was initially reported that Vijay would play a dual role but this proved to be untrue. For female lead Simran approached by Vijay, but the actress refused the offer due to the role has not much importance than the second lead and the antagonist which is played by Kushboo, then newface Monicka got the opportunity to make her debut. Furthermore, Isha Koppikar and Meena were linked to play the second lead in the film before Rambha was confirmed.
Shooting took place in and around Ooty, ECR in Chennai,some scenes were shot in Germany where other few scenes were shot in Interlaken which is located in Switzerland, with two songs being canned in the Alps area.
The film was awarded with pure 'U' certificate by the CBFC. The satellite rights of the film were purchased by Sun TV. The film opened to average reviews, with the critic of Indolink.com claiming the film "jogs along easily before becoming enmeshed in sentiments and cinematic cliches which make the last part of the movie all but watchable". The New Indian Express criticized Vijay's performance claiming "greatest actor", and that "film drags on aimlessly" though praised Deva's soundtrack. Deccan Herald also gave the film a negative review labelling that Vijay "is painful to watch and even worse to listen to", labelling it is "an exercise in how to waste a good movie".
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Oodha Oodha||Hariharan, Harini||Vaali|
|Boy Frienda||Mano, Sujatha Mohan||Na. Muthukumar|
|Un Per Solla||Sujatha Mohan||Kalaikumar|
|Un Per Solla (duet)||Hariharan, Sujatha Mohan||Kalaikumar|
|Theemukka||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chitra||Vaali|
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