Kannodu Kanbathellam

Kannodu Kanbathellam (English: All that is seen by the eyes) is a 1999 Indian Tamil-language romantic thriller film written and directed by Prabhu Solomon in his directorial debut. The film has Arjun and Sonali Bendre in the lead roles, while Suchindra, Ruchita Prasad, Manivannan, Crazy Mohan, Anu Mohan, Kovai Sarala and Nizhalgal Ravi portray supporting roles. Music was composed by Deva. The film was released in August 1999.[1] The film was dubbed in Telugu as Prema Gharshana.[2] The film's name is based on a song from Tamil film Jeans (1998).

Kannodu Kanbathellam
Directed byPrabhu Solomon
Produced byK. Prabhakar
Written byM. Ravi (dialogues)
Screenplay byPrabhu Solomon
Story byM. Ravi
Sonali Bendre
Ruchita Prasad
Music byDeva
CinematographyG. Ramesh
Edited bySuresh Urs
Distributed byAnbalaya Films
Release date
13 August 1999
Running time
143 minutes


Seetharam (Arjun) is a well-respected businessman who lives with his PA Muthuswamy (Anu Mohan) in Chennai. Although being a short-tempered and tense person, Seetharam is good at heart and helps people in need. He soon meets and falls in love with Kalyani (Sonali Bendre). After a couple of meetings she sees his good nature and falls in love with him.

But, Seetharam faces problems in the form of another loving couple, Akash (Suchindra Bali) and Akhila (Ruchita Prasad) due to an argument between Akhila and Akash and Akhila acts as Seetharam's fiancé so that she can get rid of Akash just before he proposes to Kalyani. Kalyani, being innocent and gullible, believes her words and goes away from Seetharam. An enraged and betrayed Seetharam therefore seeks revenge against Akash and Akhila by trying to separate them. But, he fails in all of his attempts. He also attempts to stop the love marriage between Akash and Akhila, which is arranged by Madana Gopal (Manivannan), Akash's father.

Akash and Akhila meet Seetharam and apologises to him, but Seetharam adamantly refuses to forgive them and sends goons to kill them. Later, Seetharam is shocked to see Kalyani at a shopping mall and learns that she is married to a blind man, Rajasheker (Nizhalgal Ravi). She tells him that, after they broke up, she was struggling with crippling depression and Rajasheker was the beacon of light that saved her from this darkness. She says that even though her husband is blind, she is content with her life now. Kalyani's husband tells Seetharam that God gave him a wonderful wife, in place of hos lost eyes. An emotionally distraught Seetharam wishes them "Best of Luck", and they invite Seetharam to their home. Seetharam, now a changed man, saves Akash and Akhila from the goons, who had never seen Seetharam in person and is not aware that he was the one who hired them.

Alternate ClimaxEdit

After sending goons to kill both Akash and Akhila, Seetharam has a change of heart and decides to save them from the goons. After a prolonged fight with the goons, who are unaware that Seetharam was the one who hired them, Seetharam manages to save Akash and Akhila. He tells the couple the incident that made him change his mind. In a surprising turn of events, he met Kalyani at the airport with her blind brother (Nizhalgal Ravi). She told him that Akash and Akhila met her and apologized for their behaviour and revealed the truth behind the incident with Seetharam. Kalyani's brother requests Seetharam to accept his sister to which Seetharam happily accepts. Finally the movie ends with Seetharam and Kalyani united.



Anbalaya Films offered debutant Prabhu Solomon an opportunity to direct a film for their production house, after he had helped them complete the post-production works for Murai Mappillai (1995) when director Sundar C walked out. Prabhu Solomon chose to feature Raghuvaran and Bhanupriya in the leading roles, though the producers Anabalaya Films were reluctant to cast a character artiste in the lead role. Prabhu revealed he met Arjun in Thenkasi during the making of Mudhalvan (1999), at the insistence of his producer and actively tried to make a poor impression. Arjun, nonetheless, was keen and worked on the film.[3]


Soundtrack was composed by Deva and lyrics were written by Vaali, Kalaikumar, Thamarai and Mayil.[4]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Ae Kuruvi" Mano Thamarai 05:29
2 "Ai Yamma" Naveen, Swarnalatha Vaali 04:57
3 "Iruvathu Varai" S. Janaki, Hariharan Kalaikumar 05:49
4 "Iruvathu Varai" 2 S. Janaki 05:49
5 "Iruvathu Varai" 3 Hariharan 05:44
6 "Mona Mona" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sujatha Mayil 05:20
7 "Tajmahal Ondru" Hariharan 05:45

Release and receptionEdit

New Straits Times felt that film would have done by "someone more experienced".[5]

Several days after the release of the film, owing to public demand, the climax was changed to show a happier ending where Arjun's character reunites with Sonali Bendre's character.[6]


  1. ^ https://www.moviebuff.com/kannodu-kanbathellam
  2. ^ Prema Gharshana Telugu Full Movie | Arjun, Sonali Bendre | Sri Balaji Video, retrieved 26 October 2019
  3. ^ December 23, Neelima Menon On; 2014 (23 December 2014). "Prabhu Solomon Interview: The Perfect Wave". Silverscreen.in. Retrieved 26 October 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "starmusiq.one". www.starmusiq.one. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  5. ^ "New Straits Times - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20010306121056/http://www.newtamilfilms.com/news/archive/september1999.html

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