Suyamvaram is a 1999 Indian Tamil-language comedy-drama film starring an ensemble cast from actors in the Tamil film industry and shot by a large technical team from the industry. The film was planned by Giridharilal Nagpal who produced and wrote the film's story and brought together 14 major directors, 19 cinematographers and over thirty leading actors in the Tamil film industry.
|Directed by||14 directors|
|Produced by||Giridharilal Nagpal|
|Story by||Giridharilal Nagpal|
|Music by||4 composers|
|Edited by||4 editors|
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The film also holds the Guinness World Record for casting the most stars in a film and also for being the quickest ever feature-length film made, with filming being completed in 23 hours and 58 minutes. The film released on 16 July 1999, to positive reviews from critics, praising the intentions of the makers.
Kuselan (Vijayakumar) and Suseela (Manjula) have nine children: three boys (Arunachalam (Sathyaraj), Aavudaiappan (Prabhu) & Indiran (Abbas)) and six girls (Urvashi (Rambha), Easwari (Roja), Uma (Kasthuri), Aishwarya (Maheswari), Hema (Preetha Vijayakumar) & Ezhilarasi (Suvalakshmi)). Azhagappan (Parthiban) is the family's loyal servant, while Krishna (Napoleon) is their family doctor.
The movie opens with Kuselan's 60th birthday celebrations, but he gets a heart attack. At the hospital, the family is informed that Kuselan will not live long and decides to keep him comfortable in his last days. From the devastated family, Kuselan asks for one last favour: all his children get married before he dies. The children agree, and a statewide ad is put out saying that those chosen to marry Kuselan's children would get a piece of the family properties and a crore in cash. Needless to say, the mention of wealth brings in potential brides and grooms by the truck full to be interviewed by either Gnanapithan (K. Bhagyaraj) and Arivozhimangai (Urvashi) or the doctors Mithrabuthan (Janagaraj) and Panchabootham (Senthil).
Kuselan, Suseela, and Krishna are happy upon thinking that everything would happen as planned, but there is a major hitch that they did not know about: most of the children have already fallen in love. Arunachalam, Aavudaiappan, and Indiran have fallen love with Kushboo, Savithri (Ishwarya), and Heera respectively. Easwari, Uma, Aishwarya, and Hema are in love with Kanna (Prabhu Deva), Pallavan (Pandiarajan), Gautham (Vineeth), and Kanthen (Livingston) respectively. Each of them gets their lover ready for the interview, and after some hard work and bribing, they are all selected. Urvashi is linked with the absent-minded doctor Ram Kumar (Karthik), who shows up at the interview upon thinking it is an interview for a doctor's post in a clinic while Ezhilarasi pairs with Azhagappan.
Kabilan (Mansoor Ali Khan), with Vichitra (Vichithra) in tow, tries to worm his way in as a groom, and when that effort fails, he kidnaps the nine brides for ransom. Krishna calls his friend ACP Sanjay IPS (Arjun Sarja), who defeats Kabilan and his aides, defuses the bomb planted by Kabilan at the marriage hall and saves the brides.
After finding the brides and after the marriage, Kuselan explains that his heart attack was a joke, and he wanted them to get married.
In order of appearance:
- Vijayakumar as Kuselan
- Manjula Vijayakumar as Suseela
- Sathyaraj as Arunachalam
- Prabhu as Aavudaiappan
- Abbas as Indiran
- Roja as Easwari
- Kasthuri as Uma
- Rambha as Urvashi
- Suvalakshmi as Ezhilarasi
- Preetha Vijayakumar as Hema
- Maheswari as Aishwarya
- Napoleon as Krishna
- Parthiban as Azhagappan
- Kushboo as Arunachalam's girlfriend
- Ishwarya as Savithri
- Heera as Indiran's girlfriend
- Pandiarajan as Pallavan
- Vineeth as Gautham
- Livingston as Kanthen
- Prabhu Deva as Kanna
- Karthik as Ram Kumar
- Arjun as ACP Sanjay IPS
- Vignesh as a potential groom
- Bhagyaraj as Gnanapithan
- Urvashi as Arivozhi
- Janagaraj as Mitrabuthan
- Senthil as Panchabootham
- Mansoor Ali Khan as Kabilan
- Vichithra as Vichitra
- Alphonsa as a dancer
- Cochin Hanifa as Pandi
- S. S. Chandran as Savithri's father
- Kavitha as Savithri's mother
- Balu Anand as Kanna's father
- K. R. Vatsala as Kanna's mother
- Shanthi Williams as Pallavan's mother
- Lavanya as Pallavan's sister
- Kavithalaya Krishnan as the auto driver
- Dhamu as a patient
- Kumarimuthu as the compounder
- Madhan Bob as the priest
- Vaiyapuri as a potential groom
- Anu Mohan as Sanjay's assistant
- Mohan Raman as a wedding guest
- Ambika as a wedding guest
- Crane Manohar as Pandi's friend
- Pandu as Arunachalam's friend
- Vichu Vishwanath as Aavudaiappan's friend
- Sathyapriya as Kanikkadevi
- Mohan Sharma as Sundaran
- Bonda Mani as a hostler
- Nellai Siva as a hostler
- Ravikanth as a wedding guest
- Halwa Vasu as a potential groom
- Scissor Manohar as a potential groom
- Muthukaalai as Arunachalam's friend
- Azhagu as a security guard
- Directors: J. Paneer, A. R. Ramesh, Keyaar, E. Ramdoss, Arjun, Guru Dhanapal, Liaquat Ali Khan, R. Sundarrajan, Selva, K. Subash, Sundar C, Siraj, K. S. Ravikumar, P. Vasu
- Screenplay & dialogues: Siraj
- Story & Producer: Giridharilal Nagpal
- Music Composers: Deva, S. A. Rajkumar, Sirpy, Vidyasagar
- Cinematographers: Babu, Raghunatha Reddy, B. L. Rao, D. Shankar, K. S. Selvaraj, A. Karthik Raja, Ashokrajan, K. S. Udhayashankar, C Vijayasri, M. V. Panneerselvam, U. K. Senthil Kumar, R. B. Imayavaramban, Ram Gunasekharan, R. Rajarathnam, R. H. Ashok, K. B. Ahmed, G. Mohan, Victor S. Kumar
- Editors: P. Sai Suresh, K. Thanikachalam, P. Madan Mohan, L. Kesavan
- Art Director: G. K
Producer Giridharilal Nagpal announced his intentions of making, Suyamvaram, a film shot within 24 hours in January 1999, citing it had been a fourteen-year dream. The film's launch occurred in March 1999 with Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in attendance. He announced his intentions of shooting the film within 24 hours on 5 and 6 April 1999 across film studios in Chennai. Along with Nagpal, the film brought together 19 associate directors, 45 assistant directors, 19 cameramen, 36 assistant cameramen, nine steadycam operators, 14 heroes, 12 heroines, villains, comedians, five dance masters, 16 assistants, 140 chorus dancers, stunt coordinators, art director, makeup, costume and set designers, 15 film units, a still photographer and 1,483 extras to make the film. Despite months of planning, Nagpal left many details to the last minute with no script produced and directors describing scenes to actors, who would rehearse them once before filming. Two representatives, on behalf of the Guinness World Records, were present to oversee the time-schedule. They were joined by representatives from the Limca Book of Records on the set. Giridharlal said, "The goal is to finish every stage of film-making within the stipulated 24 hour period, Shooting, developing rushes, editing, dubbing, re-recording and final mixing for the master copy will all be done in that time. The script is being divided into 11 parts, and one director will shoot one part, all of them working on the same day, at different sets and venues".
Production began on 5 April at 7 am on the sixth floor of the AVM Studios and then the AVM Gardens directed by Sundar C. At 9.30am scenes were shot at the Kamaraj Memorial involving Prabhu Deva and Roja, while at 11am scenes with Sathyaraj and Kushboo were shot in studios resembling a gypsy tent camp. At noon in Film City, a song sequence with Abbas and Heera was shot and at Guindy, Ramdoss shot scenes involving Pandiarajan and Kasthuri. P. Vasu filmed scenes involving Prabhu and Aishwarya in a room with computers at 2.45pm, after a brief delay caused by missing props. Karin Przygocki, an English teacher at the American International School Chennai, was recruited to play an American who marries into a traditional Indian family but her role was later changed to that of a jilted lover in Prabhu's office. A dance sequence at a discothèque in Abu Palace was shot at 5.30pm with Vineeth and Maheswari, and by 6.30pm, the entire team assembled at the Vijaya Vauhini studios, which was designed to look like a wedding hall, for the final scenes to be canned. At 3am on 6 April, the film ran two hours behind schedule and four directors improvised and changed the storyline with two scenes being cut and planned into one. Furthermore, at 3am, Vineeth refused to shoot for a scene where he was locked in the bathroom, and time was lost when the directors attempted to convince him to continue with the shoot. At 6.25am, the team finished filming the kidnap scenes at Kushaldoss House. The filming finished at 6.50am on 6 April 1999 with ten minutes to spare.
Director Sundar C, who shot the opening scene of the film, revealed that the all the directors of the film had "several sittings together and had planned everything in advance". While, P. Vasu claimed that all the directors were constantly in touch with each other so that one scene smoothly merged into the other. Actor-director, Arjun appeared as a cop in the film as well as directing and coordinating the action scenes in the film's climax. Art director, G. K., was in charge of co-ordinating sets at all 21 locations and managed to keep in control of events through his mobile phone; while Giridharilal's son Vinay, scooted from location to location, ensuring that the project was developing smoothly.
The film was released on 16 July 1999 to positive reviews from critics, with reviewers praising the production of the film rather than the overall content. Shobha Warrier of Rediff.com claimed the attempt "particularly praiseworthy if we take into consideration the time factor and the amount of co-ordination the film-makers had to do", whilst adding that the movie was "slicker and better made than many churned out regularly by some film factories". A reviewer from Indolink.com cited that "it is a laudable venture" and "they have even tried to have a storyline for this movie". In regard to the technical aspects the critic claimed that "the songs are okay — nothing to rave about". Another reviewer labelled that it "is not only a fairly humorous entertainer but an example of how the artistes and technicians of Tamil filmdom can co-operate wholeheartedly", praising the final product.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Song Title||Singers||Music Director||Lyrics|
|Kaanakozhikku||Anuradha Sriram, Sabesan||Deva||Ponniyin Selvan|
|Kathirunthaalea Rajakumari||Sujatha Mohan||S.A. Rajkumar||Mu. Metha|
|Margazhi Maasathu||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Mano, Unni Krishnan, Swarnalatha, Sujatha Mohan||S. A. Rajkumar||Pazhani Bharathi|
|Sekka Sivanthavalea||Hariharan, Sujatha Mohan||Sirpy|
|Siva Siva Shankara||Prabhu Deva||Vidyasagar||Ilakiyan|
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