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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Question on Mani Ratnam's movies

A friend asked me this thoughtful question over lunch today: "Barring Kannathil Muthamittaal, is there any Mani Ratnam movie in which some portion (even a song) was shot outside India?"

We tried recalling all of Mani's Tamil movies.
  • Pagal Nilavu - no idea
  • Nayagan was set in Bombay, so no chance
  • Anjali was set in Chennai
  • Roja, in Kashmir, so might have been shot in Shimla, Manali, or even Ooty
  • Dalapathi, somewhere in South India, methinks Mysore
  • Agni Nakshatram, no
  • Mouna Raagam, Chennai and Delhi
  • Bombay - duh!
  • Thiruda Thiruda, probably not
  • Iruvar, probably not
  • Uyire, somewhere in North India, maybe along the border, seems like the only doubtful choice
  • Alaipayuthey, no, don't think so
  • Ayutha Ezhuthu, no
Kannathil Muthamittaal, then, seems like the only movie which has been set outside India, and that too, because the story warrants it - it is the tale of an adopted child, whose biological mother fights for the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Even this movie could have been shot in some Lanka-like region in Tamil Nadu or Kerala. In none of the movies listed above could we think of even a song which was shot "in phoren". Mani is one of India's best directors and yet the above statistic! Very, very surprising!

If you know anything to the contrary, dear reader, please let me know - I would be glad to stand corrected.

P.S.: The list above does not consider movies produced by Mani. I think the Rayile rayile song in Five Star was shot in Europe.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude mani shot kannathil... in pondy not in lanka.. d whole lanka thing was shot in lanka n u r rite mani is a gr8 director

5/05/2006 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger shrik said...

Yup as above. Shady guy shoots in Pondy, and doesn't really bother to correct people when they assume it's shot in Sri Lanka. He's the best, just the same.

And thanks for dropping by - do feel free to email me at my new address! :)

5/05/2006 03:22:00 PM  
Anonymous tony said...

It's good to know that there are some movie makers who still think phoren locales are alll the important

5/05/2006 08:57:00 PM  
Blogger jvpoirot said...

hi vk

yeah , mani is one of those desi directors- no swiss or london!
anyways , good statistics!


5/07/2006 10:02:00 PM  
Blogger Vijay said...

Thanks for enlightening about the Lanka-Pondy thingie.. Thalaivare, add Idhayathai Thirudathey also to ur list.. Guess that sums up Mani's Tamil movies..

And yeah, I'm the most honorable friend who broached this off-the-beat topic with VK :) !!

5/08/2006 07:12:00 AM  
Blogger Munimma said...

yep, that five star rayile was an abherration in the movie, didn't fit at all. They should have shot it locally.

5/08/2006 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idhaya kovil and a dubbed Nagarjuna movie ( think Geethanjali) are also indigenous. Mani is one who gives life to his characters he sketch and look for beauty in our own locales shot thro brilliant camera work rather than go 2 phoren places

5/09/2006 04:46:00 AM  
Blogger Giridhar said...

nice thinking..never thought about it

5/09/2006 10:02:00 PM  
Blogger Rams said...

It is true that Mani hasn't gone to foreign locations except for KM (the scenes where the trio land up in Lanka)

And one minor correction...Nayagan was COMPLETELY shot in Chennai...Thanks to the extremely delicate work of Thotta tharani in recreating the Bombay locales in Chennai!

5/10/2006 11:18:00 PM  
Blogger Vijay said...

Some of the Lanka scenes in KM, were shot in Poonamalle

5/11/2006 03:20:00 AM  

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