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Chinna Thambi,Chandramukhi

Chinna Thambi is a 1991 Indian Tamil language film starring Prabhu and Kushboo. The movie stars Prabhu as the titular role of Chinna Thambi, an uneducated village simpleton and Kushboo as Nandini, a home tutored wealthy girl and is a story of love, family bonds and typical south Indian village sentiments. The movie was remade in Kannada, Telugu, and Hindi languages as Ramachaari (1991) Chanti (1992) and Anari (1993) respectively. The film was one of Prabhu s biggest blockbusters and completed a 356-day run in 9 screens and 100-day run in 47 screens.

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The movie starts with the birth of a baby girl, Nandini, in a rich family. Nandini s three brothers throw a feast in honor of the girl child. The young son of the local singer (who had died) is brought in to sing for the event. The three brothers raise Nandini like their own child as their parents had died. At the age of 5, an astrologer predicts that Nandini will bring much happiness to the family, but her marriage will based on her choice and not the choice of her brothers. This angers the brothers and to prevent this from happening, she is raised within the confines of the house.She is home schooled and when she does go out, all the men are warned to hide from Nandini and that seeing Nandini will be met with dire consequences.

Nandini Kushboo reaches puberty. The few males allowed around her are the service staff and her bodyguards.Meanwhile, the boy who sang, Chinna Thambi Prabhu grows up to be a naive and gullible simpleton with a heart of gold.He is raised by his widowed mother Manorama. He doesn t go to school and spends his time singing and entertaining the people of the village.

One day the bodyguards get into a fight with Chinna Thambi who kicks their asses. Impressed with Chinna Thambi s naivety and fighting skills, the Brothers hire Chinna Thambi to be Nandini s bodyguard and butler. Nandini meanwhile starts to resent her lack of freedom. She engages Chinna Thambi to show her the village without her brothers knowledge. Chinna Thambi complies with her wishes and shows her the village which results in Nandini getting sick. Chinna Thambi is blamed for Nandini getting sick and gets beaten up by the brothers. Nandini who has just started to like Chinna Thambi feels guilty for being the reason for him getting trashed. She shares her medicine with Chinna Thambi who inadvertently equates Nandini to his mother, as being the few people who truly care for him. This incident brings them closer together emotionally.

One day, a factory worker is punished for leering at Nandini. He plots to kill Nandini at the inauguration of the new factory owned by her brothers. Chinna Thambi overhears the plot, and in a desperate attempt to save Nandini lunges on her and inadvertently feels her up in public. Nandini doest mind and defends Chinna Thambi by arguing that Chinna Thambi wouldn t do something like that in public. But her brothers are enraged.They beat him to the point that they almost kill him. Nandini stops them and gives him a chance to explain.When Chinna Thambi explains the situation they hang their heads in shame. Chinna Thambi quits his job on the spot, despite Nandini s silent apology. That night Nandini decides to meet Chinna Thambi and apologize and perhaps convince him to come back to the job.Chinna Thambi refuses to come back as he doesn t want to put up with the violent nature of her brothers. She thinks if Chinna Thambi marries her, they won t be able to manhandle Chinna Thambi. She convinces Chinna Thambi to tie a mangal sutra around her neck which will protect him from her brothers. Chinna Thambi without realizing the sanctity of the act does as told and doesn t realize he is now married to her.

Chinna Thambi comes back to work and is given a higher level of respect by the brothers for saving Nandinis life. Nandini too starts emulating her sisters in law in taking care of her husband. This makes Chinna Thambi nervous but he still remains clueless.Her change in behavior is noticed by her sisters in law who urge the brothers to get Nandini married off before the situation gets any worse. Nandini realizing that they are trying to get her married off tries to make Chinna Thambi understand that they are already married. Chinna Thambi refuses to understand and runs away to his mother who upon realizing what has happened pulls him out of denial.She sends him away in an attempt to protect him.

The brothers come to know whats happened and try to torture the mother to get her to reveal where her son is hiding. She is saved in time by her son who almost kills the brothers. The wives of the brothers stop him from killing them and ask him to save Nandini who has upon hearing the torturous acts of her brothers has now resorted to self-destruction. Chinna Thambi rushes back to save his wife and revives her with his singing. Nandini runs towards him in slow motion and the movie ends with them embracing, with her brothers finally supporting their relationship.

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Saravanan (Rajinikanth), a psychiatrist, visits India on vacation. He meets up with his foster brother Senthilnathan, alias Senthil (Prabhu), and his wife Ganga (Jyothika). Senthil s mother Kasthuri (K. R. Vijaya) wanted Senthil to marry Priya (Malavika), daughter of his father s cousin Kandaswamy (Nassar), to reunite the two branches of the family after 30 years of separation because Senthil s father (Sivaji Ganesan) chose to marry Kasthuri instead of Akhilandeshwari (Sheela), Kandaswamy s sister. Saravanan learns that Senthil had bought the Vettaiyapuram mansion, despite attempts by the local village elders to dissuade them, and moves in with them. Akhilandeshwari is jealous of Saravanan and plots to kill him with the help of her assistant Oomaiyan (Sonu Sood).When the family visits a temple, the chief priest reveals the reason everyone fears the Vettaiyapuram mansion. A hundred-and-fifty years before, a king named Vettaiyan travelled to Vijayanagaram in Andhra Pradesh, where he met and fell in love with a dancer named Chandramukhi. However, she did not reciprocate his feelings as she was already in love with a dancer named Gunashekaran. As a result, Vettaiyan took her back to his palace by force. Unknown to him, Chandramukhi made Gunashekaran stay in a house nearby and had meetings with him secretly. When Vettaiyan discovered this, he beheaded Gunashekaran on Durgashtami and burnt Chandramukhi alive. As a result, Chandramukhi s ghost haunts the south-west room of the palace to take revenge on the king. Later, Vishwanathan (Vineeth), a dance professor, and Priya s love is supported by Saravanan, who asks Kandaswamy to arrange their marriage.After hearing Chandramukhi s story, Ganga, who thinks that the story was fabricated to scare thieves from stealing treasures in the room, wants to go there. She gets the room key from the gardener s granddaughter Durga (Nayantara) and opens the door. Subsequently, strange things begin to happen in the household; a ghost frightens the people in the house, things inexplicably break, and Ganga s sari catches fire. Suspicion turns towards Durga. Senthil calls Saravanan to solve the case. As soon as Saravanan returns, a mysterious being tries to kill Priya. Attempts to kill Senthil are made with poison and by pushing a fish tank. A mysterious voice sings during the night. Saravanan investigates these incidents.Ganga mysteriously disappears during Priya and Viswanathan s wedding reception. Saravanan notices her absence and searches for her, but he is almost killed by Oomaiyan—who has been sent by Akhilandeshwari. Saravanan subdues Oomaiyan and with Senthil s help finds Ganga, who is supposedly being sexually harassed by Viswanathan. Saravanan reveals to Senthil and Viswanathan that Ganga suffers from split personality, how she became affected by it and how she took up Chandramukhi s identity. He tells them Ganga tried to kill Priya and Senthil, and to frame Viswanathan for sexual harassment because from Chandramukhi s view, Viswanathan is her lover Gunashekaran because he stays in the same home as Gunashekaran. The only way to stop this from happening is to make Ganga believe Saravanan is dead because Saravanan acted like Vettaiyan and disrupted one of the pujas conducted by the exorcist Ramachandra Acharya (Avinash) by conversing with the ghost in order to know its wish.Akhilandeshwari overhears Saravanan s idea of self-sacrifice and apologises to him. Later, in the dance hall, the family and Ramachandra Acharya allow Chandramukhi to burn Saravanan alive. Ramachandra Acharya blows smoke and ash on Ganga s face when she is given a torch to burn Saravanan. Senthil then opens a trapdoor to let Saravanan eAkhilandeshwari overhears Saravanans idea o

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