Milana (film)

Milana (Rendezvous) is a 2007 Indian Kannada-language romantic drama film co-written and directed by Prakash, starring Puneeth Rajkumar, Parvathy Thiruvothu and Pooja Gandhi in the lead roles. The film was the latter's debut in Kannada cinema. The supporting cast features Dileep Raj, Sumithra and Mukhyamantri Chandru. Music for the film was composed by Mano Murthy.

Milana
Milanaposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPrakash
Produced byK. S. Dushyanth
Written byM. S. Ramesh (Dialogues)
Screenplay byPrakash
M. S. Abhishek
Story byPrakash
M. S. Abhishek
Starring
Music byMano Murthy
CinematographyK. Krishnakumar
Edited byS. Manohar
Production
company
Sri Chowdeshwari Cine Creations
Sri Jaimatha Combines
Release date
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  • 14 September 2007 (2007-09-14) (India)
Running time
155 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageKannada
Budget₹5 crore[1]
Box office₹30 crore[1]

Upon theatrical release on 14 September 2007, the film saw massive commercial success and completed a 500-day run in theatres.[2] Puneeth's performance won him the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor.[3] The film was dubbed into Malayalam as Ishtam Enikkishtam.[4]

Parvathy got overwhelming response by the both audience and the critics for her significant role as Anjali which had impressed the audience.[5][6]

The film was remade in Odia in 2014 as Something Something 2 and in Bengali in 2016 as Ki Kore Toke Bolbo thereby becoming the fourth Kannada movie after Anuraga Aralithu , Appu and Mungaru Male to be remade in two non-Hindi non-South Indian languages.[7] The 2013 Tamil film Raja Rani was widely reported to have been heavily inspired by this movie.[8][9][10]

PlotEdit

The story opens with Akash (Puneet Rajkumar) being tortured in the police station. The scene then shifts to Akash standing outside Priya's (Pooja Gandhi) house, and incessantly calling out to her. However, when he sees her house locked, Akash is distraught.

The scene then opens at a wedding where Akash is due to marry Anjali (Parvathy Thiruvothu) at Mysore. The entire wedding process is concluded through a song 'Madarangiyalli' and the story moves on to Akash going on to spend his first night with Anjali. However, the story takes a dramatic twist here when Anjali right away demands divorce from Akash. Akash, instead of showing any kind of frustration, calmly agrees to give Anjali her divorce, on the condition that only after they move to Bangalore. Akash also requests Anjali to keep this as a secret from his parents, as he fears they wouldn't be able to handle it. Anjali agrees, and it is shown that Anjali was never interested in the wedding as she was already in love with Hemant (Dilip Raj), whom she is also struggling to find after her father forbade her to see him again.

The story shifts to Bangalore where it is shown that Akash is a popular Radio Jockey for the station Radio Mirchi. As the days pass, Akash and Anjali face off on various fronts, clearly letting the viewer know that their marriage is on the rocks. However, when Akash rescues his neighbor from a local rowdy (Shobaraj) Anjali realizes that Akash is not such a bad person after all. She requests Akash to help her find Hemant, to which he agrees. Soon, Akash manages to locate Hemant, and also keeps his word by applying for divorce, and as per the rules, the court grants them 6 (six) months time if they want to reconsider their application.

As the days roll by, it is shown that Hemant is a fraud, and that he had demanded money from Anjali's father to end his relationship with her. When Anjali gets to know this, she is devastated as she feels that her whole life is now ruined. Dejected, she attempts suicide only to be saved by Akash in the nick of time. Post this event, Akash and Anjali undergo a transformation where Akash manages to win Anjali's respect, and soon they become the best of friends.

Soon enough, Anjali realizes that she has fallen in love with Akash, who has helped her through so much of hardships. However, she realizes that she cannot express her love to him as it would make her look small in Akash's eyes. Caught in a perpetual emotional dilemma, she struggles to hide her feelings from Akash. A few days later, the court summons them and approves their divorce.

Anjali is once again devastated as Akash feels no remorse in signing the papers. Anjali decides that she cannot stay in India anymore and decides to move to the US. However, Akash begins to feel a strange sense of loss after he bids Anjali goodbye. He later realizes that Anjali was in love with him and he too was in love with her. He rushes to the airport to prevent her from leaving the country. After a tense climax, Akash and Anjali reunite. Akash jokingly taunts Anjali that now he has to spend the rest of his life with her.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

Milana
Soundtrack album by
Released
June 2007
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAnand Audio
External audio
  Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The soundtrack is made up of the following songs:[11]

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Ninnindale"Sonu Nigam4:53
2."Kaddu Kaddu"Chaitra H. G, Praveen Dutt Stephen, Suresh Peters, Chetan Sosca6:41
3."Male Nintu Hoda Mele" (Duet)Shreya Ghoshal, Sonu Nigam6:04
4."Antu Intu"Udit Narayan, K. S. Chithra4:55
5."Kivi Maatondu"Kunal Ganjawala4:53
6."Madarangiyalli"Rajesh Krishnan, Shreya Ghoshal5:39
7."Ninnindale" (Remix)Sonu Nigam4:31
8."Male Nintu Hoda Mele" (Solo)Shreya Ghoshal6:04

Critical responseEdit

Rediff.com rating 3.5 out of 5 and stating that "Puneet Rajkumar has shown a lot of maturity in his performance. Pooja Gandhi, the 'Mungaru Male' heroine impresses by her song with Puneet is certainly the highlight part of the film. Parvathi has done her best.[6]

Box-office and performanceEdit

  • The film successfully ran for 50 days in 137 centers in Karnataka, and 100 days in 50 centers, 175 days in 7 centres and 450 Days in PVR, Bangalore which records only the second Indian movie to see a run of more than 365 days in any Indian multiplex after Mungaru Male [12][13][14][15]

AwardsEdit

Filmfare Awards South

State awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Prithvi 50 days Raam 25 weeks!". indiaglitz.com. 11 June 2010. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Gulabi Talkies' is first best film". The Hindu. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 May 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ a b "Milana is entertaining – Rediff.com movies". M.rediff.com (17 September 2007). Retrieved on 12 October 2016.
  7. ^ http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31812&articlexml=Seven-2016-duds-Tolly-remakers-should-learn-from-25042017101038
  8. ^ https://www.newindianexpress.com/entertainment/kannada/2013/oct/03/Raja-Rani-remake-of-Milana-522796.html
  9. ^ https://www.sify.com/movies/raja-rani-review--pcmbbzfhhhfii.html
  10. ^ https://www.filmibeat.com/kannada/news/2013/puneet-rajkumar-milana-and-arya-raja-rani-121333.html
  11. ^ Songs, Download songs by . Raaga.com Kannada Songs. Raaga.com. Retrieved on 12 October 2016.
  12. ^ ‘Prithvi’ 50 days, ‘Raam’ 25 weeks!-Kannada Movie News. M.indiaglitz.com (11 June 2010). Retrieved on 12 October 2016.
  13. ^ Beautifull (sic), Gorgeous Kannada Actress Parvathi Menon Profile and Biography. Karnatakaspider.com (30 August 2011). Retrieved on 12 October 2016.
  14. ^ bangalore365.com. bangalore365.com. Retrieved on 12 October 2016.
  15. ^ Kannada Chitraloka. Sandlewoodbuzz.blogspot.in (14 July 2006). Retrieved on 12 October 2016.

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