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Kaathala Kaathala is a 1998 Tamil language comedy film directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao and produced by P. L. Thenappan. The film stars Kamal Haasan, Prabhu Deva, Soundarya and Rambha in the lead roles with an ensemble cast in supporting roles. The film released on 14 April 1998, to positive reviews and became a commercial success.

Kaathala Kaathala
Kaathala Kaathala poster.jpg
Directed bySingeetam Srinivasa Rao
Produced byP. L. Thenappan
Written byCrazy Mohan
Kamal Haasan
StarringKamal Haasan
Prabhu Deva
Music byKarthik Raja
Edited byN. P. Satish
Saraswathi Films
Distributed byRajkamal International
Release date
  • 14 April 1998 (1998-04-14)
Budget6 crore

In 2010, Goldmines Telefilms Pvt Ltd dubbed the film into Hindi with a slight variation in the title as Kaathala Kathala.[1] The movie was loosely remade in Hindi as Housefull.



Ramalingam and Sundaralingam are orphans who takes care of themselves and some other orphan children. Sundaralingam is a professional painter who paints shop banners and calendars. Ramalingam is the man who finds way to make money, usually by the means of fraud. He even acts as a handicap together with Ananda Vikadanantha and his partner. Sundari, an arts student falls for him. Her friend Janaki falls for Sundaralingam. Janaki's father, Paramasivam, does not agree Janaki to marry a poor man. This prompts Janaki and Sundaralingam to get married with their help of their friends.

Days go by but Paramasivam does not agree. This causes Sundari to ask Janaki to lie to Paramasivam that she gave birth to a son. Paramasivam upon receiving the letter, changes his mind and gets ready to set off to Chennai. Sundari had lied to her Chicago based father, Balamurugan that Ramalingam is a rich man. Janaki, to easily convince her parents, lies that Sundaralingam became rich. The girls rent a big bungalow from a lady called Noorjahan, who mistakes Janaki and Sundaralingam as a couple. They rent the house for 3 days.

Sundari's father was supposed to come on that day but misses his flight. Janaki's parents want to surprise her and they end up coming on that day. Ramalingam mistakes Janaki's father as Sundari's father. Unable to tell the truth because of Noorjahan, Janaki and Ramalingam let it be. They also without any choice, make Sundari as the servant maid and Sundaralingam as the cook. Sundari borrows a child from a beggar women, who stays in the house in the name of a milk woman.

The four of them strive hard to hide the truth from Janaki's parents. In between these, Varathachari, Paramasivam's friend who knows the reality comes home. After avoiding anything wrong, they encounter Janaki's maternal uncle, 'Security' Singaram. He is a very doubtful person who pressurize the youths, and starts suspecting them. Yet, he fails to convince his sister and brother-in-law.

When Sundari's father is on the way, Paramasivam steps in to help them, without knowing the truth at all. He cooks up a more complicated story, where Ramalingam is his son, Janaki and Sundaralingam reprising their real relationship and worse, V. Anand to be his cousin. V. Anand is actually Ananda Vikadanantha who is roaming in disguise as police is after him. When more of this happens, the elders smell something fishy and everything falls onto Ramalingam's head. But to put a stop to all these, Sundari tells her father the truth in front of everyone. Singaram tells all that V. Anand is the fraud and once again, Ramalingam has to prove his innocence.

A comical chase ensues when V. Anand is held hostage by his ex-partner for money which he looted. Inspector Chokkalingam arrives in time to find Ananda Vikadanantha and his partner and Ramalingam is proved innocent. Pramasivam accepts Janaki and Sundaralingam, and Balamurugan is happy about Ramalingam and Sundari. The film ends on a happy note.



Kaathala Kaathala was initially expected to be directed by K. S. Ravikumar who directed the successful Avvai Shanmughi with Kamal Haasan in the lead earlier, but he was later replaced by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao after he refused to sign the film until the FEFSI strike of 1997 had stopped.[2] Actresses Meena and Simran's unavailability led to Rambha being cast in a lead role.[3] Nagma also opted against signing the film fearing that a potential clash may arise with actress Rambha, after the pair's alleged fall out on the sets of Janakiraman.[4] After Soundarya's death in 2004, Kamal Haasan paid tribute by revealing that "she came forward to do the movie, when the rest of the industry was unwilling to work with me (Kamal Haasan)".[5]


Kaathala Kaathala was released on 14 April 1998.[6] Critics from gave the film a positive review, citing that "if one can put the inspirations behind, the movie is quite enjoyable" and that "the going gets very complicated and absolutely hilarious".[7] The film was later dubbed into Telugu as Navvandi Lavvandi and released in early 1999.[8]

In 2010, the producer of the film P. L. Thenappan threatened legal action against the makers of the Hindi film, Housefull for remaking scenes from the film without permission. Thenappan revealed he had dubbed the film into Hindi in the late 1990s as Mirchi Masala, but the version did not release.[9][10]


Area Distributors
Chennai City & Kerala Raajkamal Film International
Chengalpet Sree Chandrabalaji Films
North Arcot Balaji
South Arcot & T.K Geetham Exports
CBE (Coimbatore) Sakthi Films
M.R (Madurai & Ramanathapuram) Ramya cine arts
Salem M.P.S Creations
T.T (Thirunelveli & Thuthukudi) T.G.F Media System Ltd.
Karnataka Super enterprises
Audio Music Master


Soundtrack was composed by Karthik Raja and lyrics written by Vaali.[11][12]


The film was remade in Hindi as Housefull.


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  5. ^ "National : `An intelligent top star'". The Hindu. 18 April 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Bollywood battles cable piracy as menace causes huge losses, producers fight back". India Today. 27 July 1998. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
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  10. ^ "Madras High Court stays Housefull". Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Kadhala Kadhala Tamil Movie Songs Download & Listen To Music By Karthik Raja — Listen High Quality mp3 Kadhala Kadhala — Songs Free @". 14 April 1998. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Kadhala Kadhala, Kadhala Kadhala Songs, Download Kadhala Kadhala songs by Karthik Raja. Tamil Songs". Retrieved 17 July 2016.

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