After watching Surya in Ayutha Ezhuthu and Ghajini, I became a fan! Several people, including sita-ji, has suggested me to watch Sillunu Oru Kaadhal and wrote about it on her blog. Since it's hard for me to get Tamil and Telugu films, a friend decided to send me a copy along with another Surya/Jyotika movie, Kaakha Kaakha, which I can not wait to watch!! Thank goodness. I finally get to watch Surya again. He's my Kollywood crush. And I get to see Surya and Jyotika in one movie! Read so many times how both of them have great chemistry on and off screen. They are married in real life.
Gowtham & Kundavi...forced into marriage
but as time go by....fall deeply in love
Ishwarya & Gotham....first love
and therefore, unforgettable
The different meaning of life in different times of one's life
That pretty much sums up what the movie is about. You have a carefree, young, beautiful girl, Kundavi (Jyotika), who wants to fall in love and get married. Unfortunately, she had an arranged marriage. Gotham (Surya) also was arranged to marry Kundavi. However, they fell in love after marriage. Their lives together are great -- both have a good job and a beautiful daughter. However, when Kundavi learns that Gotham had a first love with Ishwarya (Bhoomika), she makes the decision to see if Gotham truly loves her and is willing to sacrafice her love for him if he still loves Ishwarya.
Kundavi is sassy and sweet. She always wanted to fall in love before getting married. But that is not the case. Her parents arranged her marriage.
Now, she madly is in love with the man that was arranged for her to marry, Gotham. Both have a daughter together and are doing well. Her world turns upside down when she finds out that Gotham has been in love before with a girl name Ishwarya. Gotham and Ishwarya were not able to be together. Kundavi makes the decision to see if Gotham and her were meant to be together.
Although Surya's name is credited before Jyotika, the movie starts off introducing Jyotika's character, Kundavi.
Jyothika is lovely! I have never seen any of her South Indian films. I've only seen her in her Hindi film, Doli Saja Ke Rakhna, which interesting and ironically her debut film. To me, for some reason, Bollywood movies don't portray South Indian actresses acting skills that well! Jyotika is not drop-dead gorgeous nor have the best figure. But I freaking love her, she's so cute and adorable, with the smile and cheeks! sita-ji has even mentioned this scene to me -- a girl is flirting with Gotham on the train and Kundavi observes but the girl does not not know that they are married. One of the girl's friend notices Kundavi looking at them and tells her friend, "You could never compete with her, she's cute and chubby like a little bear."
Gotham is happily married to his wife Kundavi. Although he has never revealed to his wife that he has once loved before.
Can he be in love twice? Or does his heart truly belong to his first love, Ishwarya? He was forbidden to be with Ishwarya but when he gets a chance again to be with Ishwarya, what does his heart tell him?
Surya is amazing! Afterall, he is my Kollywood crush. I'm not a fan of men with moustaches, especially the one Surya has but damn!! He's the only man who can sport it and I still find him sexy. There's a scene from the movie when Kundavi and her friends were looking for potential future husbands. One of her friends mentioned that a man with a "good" moustache means they are good in bed. LOL!
Although I do prefer this look on him. Hotness!
Ishwarya is Gotham's first love. They met in college. She is the MP's daughter. Her father forbid her to be with Gotham, who is considered a rowdy.
They are each other's first love and wanted to get married. However, this ended when her father interrupted their love affair. They never saw each other again. As fate as it, they are able to meet again but is Gotham still in love with her?
Hmmm, what is up with the three lead stars not using their last name? I've seen Bhoomika spell her name as Bhumika sometimes.
Asin was originally suppose to play Ishwarya but Bhoomika stepped in. I'm no fan of Bhoomika but I do think she can act. She has a cute, girl-next-door look. Although she has a chubby face, she sure is slim and has a nice figure!
The girl who plays Gotham and Kundavi's daughter is Shriya Sharma. She was in Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic as Aditi! She's so adorable.
Future Bollywood or Kollywood actress, I tell you!
Can you see that? I tried my best to capture the title.
Song #1 - "Ammi Mithichachu"
Gotham and Kundavi's arrange marriage. Look at unhappy both look. Wedding is so beautiful and colorful though.
Song #2 - "Maja Maja Maja"
Hot scene with Gotham and Kundavi. They make up after a big fight.
Song #3 - "Munbe Va"
Gautham and Ishwarya in love
My favorite song of the movie!!! The song is sung by the lovely Shreya Ghoshal.
Song #4 - "New York Nagaram"
When Gotham was in New York, he was missing his wife, Kundavi.
Song #5 - "Machchakkaari"
Ghotam and Ishwarya together?
I made a few more caps of Surya cause I think he's just too cute!
BTW, could anyone tell me the building behind Surya, what is it? And where is it located? It looks so beautiful!!
After 3 years, I get a response!! Thank you anonymous!!!
Response from comment below....
"Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (previously known as Victoria Terminus) in Mumbai"
Made a couple of caps of how beautiful and colorful the movie is
Love the girlfriend friendship shown in the beginning of Kundavi with her friends Tamizh and Subbu
There was a scene when Gotham was a bully in college. He did that famous Bruce Lee kick from the movie, Way of the Dragon, when he did not want to hit the villian anymore...so he kicks the light. Surya does the same thing in this film.
I love this still of Jyotika! The hurt and love portrayed in her eyes without saying anything!
Sometimes I think as women, wives in general, we tend to find out what we don't want to know about our hubbies' past. But what we learn, it's hard to move on and let go. Is the past just the past? Or must you find out the truth before moving on?
Overall, I did enjoy Sillunu Oru Kaadhal. But it's not my favorite film at all. It's definitely worth a watch. On a scale from 1 - 10, with 10 being the best, I would rate it a 7.
What a nice write up! So many songs and pix. I really liked being reminded of this film, thanks!
Surya can rock that mustache, and I don't really like them either. He's undeniably hot. HOT! I saw Joythika in another movie with Kamal Hassan, and she was really good in that, it was called Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu
which was good too. I do like her, and I agree with your comments that the South Indian actresses haven't been really allowed to shine in some of the Bollywood movies I've seen them in. Joythika is adorable.
Boomika, Boumikka, or Bhumika,(I think they change their names according to what some astrologer says is lucky) I've sen her in Gandhi, My Father where she had a small part, but did well. I mix her up with Hansika Motwani.
I've also noticed in the Tollywood and Kollywood movies that come to the theaters where I live (Minneapolis) often only list the first names of the actors.
Thanks again for this nice review.
All the best!
Such a fun review- thanks! I think you definitely raise a gr8 point w/ "Bollywood movies don't portray South Indian actresses acting skills that well!"- Sridevi has said in an interview that she prefers her roles in S. Indian movies to those she did in Bollywood for that specific reason.
I also meant to tell you that I screen capped that mustache comment the friend makes in the theater. I've saved up a lot of mustache screen caps in hopes of doing a post dedicated to them. I will try and send you the image with the screen caps if I can find it and if you'd like to add it to your post. :)
All the best!
sita-ji - Thanks so much! I'm so in love with Surya. He's very good looking and can act. Love him and Jyotika.
Thanks for recommending Vettaiyadu Villaiyadu. I hope I can get a copy! Looks very interesting. Thanks again!
I was disappointed of how Bollywood portrayed actresses like Genelia and Kirti Reddy in Bollywood. Then their South Indian films are better. Even Sameera Reddy is better in the South Indian cinema.
I've seen Gandhi, My Father and Bhoomika is good. Yes, she looks too much like Hansika. I noticed this when I saw her Telugu film, Desamuduru.
I wish I could watch Tollywood and Kollywood movies in the theater here in Atlanta but they aren't subtitled. Makes me mad!!
Hahaha, sita-ji. I think I can try to screen cap that scene with the moustache. :) I have to use my laptop. My desktop won't screen cap with any subtitles showing but my laptop will. But I got so used to nothing on my screencap and want it to be that way for now...but I'll do it. :)
Shweta - Aaaww, thanks! I have yet to see Sridevi in her South Indian movie but I have to. She's one of the best in Bollywood!
Jyothika is a good actress. I've only seen her in Doli Saja Ke Rakhna, she was lovely in that. Has she done any more Hindi films?
The Tamil and Telugu movies that come to Minneapolis are rarely subtitled. The only one I bothered to see because it was subtitled had Kamal Hassan was last year's "Dasavathaaram."
sorry to have to show you this knowing your feelings about Surya, but here it is:
All the best!
Bhargav Saikia - Unfortunately, Doli Saja Ke Rakhna is Jyothika's only Hindi film. She's considered one of the best actresses in Tamil films. You should definitely watch her Tamil films.
sita-ji - I've heard about Dasavatharam and adored Kamal in his earlier films. It's okay about the YouTube video. I'm actually happy. Surya is my Kollywood crush but I already knew he was married to Jyotika. I'm happy for them. Just like I'm happy for John and Bips cause they've been dating for so long. They need to hurry up and get married. But as in Tollywood, Allu Arjun is still single. I'll be crush when he has a girlfriend, which is a rumor, and gets married!!!
really a wonderful narration, after the failure of my first love i saw this movie and turned my mind with good spirit , really a good one, unforgettable movie in my lifetime, after these year i passed ur post which relishes my good old days and now happily married , [love marriage] :)
Welcome to the blog,tranasformer and for sharing your story. I am glad things are working out very well for you. ;)
I just recently discovered Surya and that lead me to your blog. Thanks for feeding my major crush. Man can this guy act. And he's so very easy on the eyes.
I commented to let you know that the building he seems to be standing in front of while talking on the phone is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (previously known as Victoria Terminus) in Mumbai.
I can't be sure from that one still, but that seems like the most obvious guess. I know this is is an old post but I felt the need to repay all the fun I've had reading your blog. This seemed like the least I could do.
Thank you!!! I really appreciate your response. It means a lot to me. I will update blog with your answer
Came across this blog because that girl from train looked familiar (possibly seen her in other movies or shows). Wanted to know name of that actor. Good read. :-)
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