Panchathanthiram (2002)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 34 mins

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When Ramachandramoorthy or Ram.C.M alias Ram (Kamal Haasan), who is a pilot based in Canada and an irrepressible playboy falls in love with Mythili (Simran) and marries her, he is a changed man, becoming completely faithful and monogamous. However, as his wife comes to hear more and more about Ram's past indulgence, she begins to have pangs of jealousy and suspicion which reach a peak when she finds Ram in a Hotel room with the suicidal ex-girlfriend of his friend, Nirmala. Jumping to the conclusion that Ram is having an illicit affair with Nirmala, Mythili breaks up with Ram, and returns to India to live with her parents. Devastated and heartbroken, Ram reaches out to his friends Ayyappan Nair (Jayaram), Vedantham (Vedham) Iyer (Yugi Sethu), Ganesh Hegde (Ramesh Aravind) and Hanumanth Reddy (Sriman) keep his mind off the separation from his wife by taking him on a bachelors' (although they are all married), and who came up with Maggi, a call girl. The rest of this saga delightfully depicts the complex sequence of events that unfold during and after the journey.
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Cast: Kamal Haasan, Simran Bagga

Crew: KS Ravikumar (Director), Arthur Wilson (Director of Photography), Devanesan Chokkalingam (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 28 Jun 2002 (India)

Tamil Name: பஞ்சதந்திரம்

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Dubbed into: Panchathanthiram (Telugu)
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During the final chase, Ram is seen hanging from a steel ladder on a van. During close-ups he is shown hanging from a wooden ladder.
Former Indian cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth was supposed to play Yuhi Sethu role, but dropped out.

The film was shot in Canada for seventeen days.

Kamal Haasan was prevented from boarding a Los Angeles-bound flight in Toronto due to his Islamic-sounding surname.

The scene of dead body disposal was inspired by Hollywood black comedy Very Bad Things (1998).