Kandukondain Kandukondain (I Have Found It, I Have Found It) is one of my all time favorite Tamil films. This adaptation of Sense & Sensibility came out in 2000, and has an amazing cast: Ajith, Tabu, Aishwarya Rai, Mammootty and Abbas. The music by A. R. Rahman is just amazing. When I was listening to one of the songs, I thought, I just want to watch this whole movie again, and I invited Alisa to watch this film and discuss it with me. She loved it so much, that she watched it three times in one week! I also rewatched the 1995 Emma Thompson Ang Lee Sense & Sensibility so I would have that fresh in my mind for comparison. Alisa and I agreed that while the Emma Thompson film is held up as the gold standard adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, Kandukondain Kandukondain improves on it in several ways. I had such a good time discussing this wonderful film with Alisa Rivera (@BollywoodNewbie).
In anticipation of seeing Ajith Kumar’s new Tamil film Vivegam, I watched his 2015 film Vedalam (Phantom). I thought that it was my first Ajith film, but in looking him up I realized he was in Ashoka as SRK’s younger brother, and most notably as the dream boat young filmmaker in Kandukondain, Kandukondain paired with Tabu. Hubba, hubba.
I really enjoyed Vedalam. It has fantastic action sequences but it really has heart at it’s center. The romance with Shruti Hassan provides some comic relief and a few nice song sequences. The interval point is when Ajith tells his story, and gives us the flashback that explains how mild mannered Ganesh came to Kolkata and what happened to his sister.
I absolutely adored Ajith’s relationship with his sister (Lakshmi Menon), and the story of how they became close. I love the trope of a rowdy who blossoms from the love of family.
The moment that Ajith turns was quite something and one of the most memorable sequences I’ve seen in Indian cinema. I can see why Ajith has such a fan following. He won over this new fan with this film!