This is a Tamil language riff on Sense and Sensibility released in 2000, with some nods to the Ang Lee-directed version of S&S, but also some things that seem to show a familiarity with the book (the situation with the incapacitated grandfather is not identical to, but vaguely reminiscent of, the inheritance complications laid out in the first chapters of the book). In turn, it seems to be an influence on Andrew Davies' 2008 adaptation of S&S. The latter has Colonel Brandon's friendship with Marianne based not just on his silent appreciation of her music, but on him offering encouragement and constructive criticism on her technique, which is an idea that originates in Kandukondain. The scene in the 2008 version where Marianne wanders around in the rain to a flashback montage of her memories of Willoughby also seems influenced by Kandukondain.
This is the film that introduced me to Indian cinema, and so it was that Konjum Mainakkale was my introduction to song picturizations:
I am very fond of the film. It's a warm, optimistic story about people who stand by each other, where women have jobs, sisters have friendships, and the average major emotional situation calls for a song from ARRahman. The pacing's a bit slack, the production values probably weren't all that even in Kollywood circa 2000, and there's a tendency to gloss over anything that resembles actual conflict. But I like it anyway.
One of the most interesting things I learned from the old thread was a post by, I think, leaf, indicating Pooja Battra's character might have been based on 90s Telugu action heroine Vijayashanti.
Rajshri Tamil has made a subtitled version available on youtube, broken down into 15 parts.
This film is fantastic. And it is one of the rare films in which Aish actually gives a great performance, she is so good that I actually got over her beauty after a while. Tabu is very good as Elinor and their interaction is great. Mamooty was exceptional as Col.Brandon, this is a character I'm very fond of and he totally pulled it off. Everything in the novel is amped up a bit but at the same time managed to keep the essence. This is highly recommended.
I saw this film about two days ago, and it was the first Tamil film I have seen (all of the Indian films that I have seen prior to this were in the Hindi/Urdu language). Anyway, I absolutely love this film, and I consider it to be one of the best Indian films I have seen. The acting (especially from Tabu), the songs, the story, the adorable and sweet sister relationship between Meenakshi and Sowmya (Aishwarya and Tabu).
Also, I have to say that I am completely obsessed with the songs of this film! I have been listening to Konjum Mainakkale and Enna Solla Pogirai almost non-stop since I have seen this movie.
I looked it up in Wikipedia. The name of the actor playing the wicked uncle, Nizhalgal Ravi, lets me think "Nazgul Ravid." The actress playing the more wicked aunt, the real rat, is Anita Ratnam - really!