Michael Madhana Kama Rajan is a 1990 Tamil comedy film directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao and written by Kamal Haasan, with Crazy Mohan penning the dialogues.
The film also feature large ensemble cast alongside Kamal Haasan, Urvashi, Rupini, Kushboo played the female leads, while Manorama, Delhi Ganesh, Nassar, Venniradai Moorthy, SN Lakshmi, Jayabharathi, R. N. Jayagopal, Nagesh, Praveen Kumar and Santhana Bharathi playing other significant role. The film was a blockbuster and completed 175-day run at the box office.
The film tells a story of quadruplets, Michael, Madhanagopal, Kameshwaran, and Raju, all played by Kamal Haasan. Kamal distinguished each of those characters with his body language and language lingo. Michael has a husky voice and an aggressive demeanor, Madan has a British accent with a sophisticated upper-class personality, Kameshwaran speaks Palakkad Tamil and has a naive, childish personality while Raju speaks Madras Tamil and has an outgoing, cheerful personality; all in keeping with their diverse upbringing as per the plot. The film’s climax scene is said to be inspired from the Charlie Chaplin movie, The Gold Rush.The film was dubbed in Telugu as Michael Madana Kama Raju.
A rich industrialist, Venugopal (R. N. Krishna Prasad) marries Sushila (Jayabharathi) and they have quadruplets. His brother, Nandagopal (R.N. Jayagopal) tries to have her and the newborns killed by hired goons. However, the leader of the goons, (Santhana Bharathi), having no desire to kill the babies, adopts one (Michael), drops one in an orphanage (Raju), one in a temple (Kameshwaran) who is picked by Palakkad Mani Iyer (Delhi Ganesh), and one (Madhanagopal a.k.a. Madhan) in a car that belongs to the babies’ biological father. What happens 30yrs later is the comedy story.
Directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
Produced by Meena Panchu Arunachalam
Written by Crazy Mohan (dialogues)
Screenplay by Kamal Haasan
Story by Kamal Haasan
Starring Kamal Haasan
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography B. C. Gowrishankar
Edited by Vasu
P. A. Art Productions
Distributed by P. A. Art Productions
17 October 1990
1 “Kadha Kelu Kadha Kelu” Ilaiyaraaja Panju Arunachalam Narrator (Singeetam Srinivasa Rao)
2 “Rum Bum Bum Arambum” S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, K.S. Chithra Vaali Largely inspired by Bill Haley & His Comets – Rock Around The Clock (1954) Raju and Shalini
3 “Siva Rathiri” K.S. Chithra, Mano Vaali Madhan and ChakkuBai
4 “Sundhari Neeyum Sundharan Njanum” Kamal Haasan, S. Janaki Poovachal Khader This was shot by playing the song at twice the original speed. Kameshwaran and Thiripurasundari
5 “Vechalum Vekkama Ponnalum” Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki Vaali Raju and Shalini
6 “Mathapoovu Oru Penna” Chithra Vaali
5 “Aadi pattam thedi” Mano, Chithra Vaali not picturised