Chandramukhi Blu-ray (2006) is a classic Tamil comedy-horror movie starring Rajinikanth, Prabhu Ganesan, Jyothika, Nayantara and Vadivelu. It is a remake of Apthamitra, a Kannada film, which in turn was a remake of the Malayalam movie Manichitrathazhu. The key selling points for this highly successful film were Rajinikanth, the actor, and the film's music, which went on to be so successful that it was released as a separate album composed by Vidyasagar.
The film was distributed under the brand name of Sivaji productions. It was Rajinikanth's come back film after his last movie, Baba, bombed at the box office in 2002. The film ran for a record smashing 700 days at the box office, selling well over 20,00,000 tickets worldwide. It received the honors of the Tamil Nadu State film award for the Best Film. Jyothika, the actress that played the title role in the film was praised by all critics and also won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for the Best Actress. Other awards included Tamil Nadu State film award for the Best Actor to Rajinikanth, Tamil Nadu State film award for the Best film, Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Tamil - Binny Krishnakumar and the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian - Tamil - Vadivelu. The film was released in multiple languages throughout the world including Telugu, German and Hindi. The film was made on a budget of Rs. 19,00,00,000 and ended up earning Rs. 62,00,00,000 worldwide.
Running at 166 minutes, the plot follows the story of Senthilnathan and Ganga, who marry without the approval of their extended families, and move into a mansion right next to where strange things start to happen as Senthilnathan's mother is worried about the newlyweds' safety. The source of these events, be it supernatural or just an extended family member trying to get back at the newlyweds for their treachety, remains a mystery till the very end of the movie. The "Boss" of southern cinema, Rajinikanth plays the role of an Indian-American psychiatrist, Dr.Saravanan who is on vacation in India and will eventually solve the mystery of these events. The role of Senthilnathan is played by Prabhu Ganesan while Jyothika plays the role of Ganga and Chandramukhi. Vadivelu playes the role of Murgesan while the role of Durga is played by Nayantara.
Other supporting cast includes Vineeth as Viswanathan and Gunasekaran, Malavika as Priya Kandaswamy, Sheela as Akhilandeswari, Nassar as Kandaswamy, Vinaya Prasad as Lakshmi Kandaswamy, Vijayakumar as Thottakaarar, K. R. Vijaya as Kasthuri, Sonu Sood as Oomaiyan, Avinash as Ramachandra Acharya, Suvarna Mathew as Swarna, Sujibala, P.Vasu, Thyagu, and Madhan Bob.
Filming began in October 2004 and wrapped up by February 2005, taking just 78 days to complete. The video of one of the songs was shot in Turkey, making the first Tamil film to do so. The film was also caught in controversy as the story did not credit the writer of the original film from which Chandramukhi was adapted. Instead, it credited the director which caused a stir between the two parties. A sequel to the movie, titled Chandramukhi 2, is already in the works to be released by 2015.
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