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Minsaara Kanavu
Directed by Rajiv Menon
Produced by M. Balasubramaniam
M. Saravanan
M. S. Guhan
Starring Arvind Swamy
Prabhu Deva
Kajol Devgan
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
Girish Karnad
Prakash Raj
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Ravi K. Chandran
Distributed by AVM Productions
Ayngaran International
Release date(s) 14 January 1997
Running time 153 mins
Language Tamil

Minsara Kanavu (1997) is a Tamil film musical directed by Rajiv Menon. The film's score and soundtrack is composed by A. R. Rahman.

It stars Arvind Swamy, Prabhu Deva, and Kajol Devgan. Kajol Devgan plays a young woman who wishes to become a nun, whilst at the same time being torn between two competing suitors, played by the two lead actors.

The film was noted for its musical-like quality and choreography. The film's music composer A. R. Rahman earned the Best Music Director award for the second time at the National Film Awards for his work on the score and soundtrack (his first win was for his debut work on the film Roja).

Originally produced in Tamil, it went on to be dubbed in Telugu under the title Merupu Kalalu owing to its popularity and in Hindi as Sapnay.

The movie concerns a love triangle between characters played by Kajol, Arvind Swamy and Prabhu Deva.



Thomas (Arvind Swamy), an NRI business man, returns to India from America to look after his father Thanga Durai's (S.P.B) business. One day he happens to see Priya (Kajol) when he goes to a church hostel to see his aunt, a nun in that church. He falls in love with Priya but won't disclose the fact when he comes to know that Priya is interested in God and servicing the poor. So he asks for the help of Deva (Prabhu Deva), a barber who knows the tricks of seducing girls to fall in love. Deva befriends Priya through his musical troop (Nassar and his group) and does various kinds of activities to make Priya fall in love with Thomas. But at one point, Deva himself falls in love with Priya which she reciprocates. Thomas realizes this at the end and sacrifices his love and plans to become a church priest.


Actor Role Other Notes
Prabhu Deva Deva Vikram is the Dubbing Artist for him in Tamil
Arvind Swamy Thomas
Kajol Priya Revathi is the Dubbing Artist for her in Tamil
Nassar Guru D eva's Friend but his friend son fall with the guy
Girish Karnad Priya's Dad
S.P.B Thanga Durai Thomas's Dad


The film has won the following awards since its release:

1997 National Film Awards (India)

1997 Filmfare Awards South (India)


Minsara Kanavu
Soundtrack by A. R. Rahman
Released 1997
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Soundtrack
Label AVM
Producer A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Minsara Kanavu

The soundtrack features 6 songs composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Vairamuthu. The soundtrack earned A. R. Rahman the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the second time. K. S. Chitra and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer and National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the tracks Ooh La La La and Thanga Thamarai respectively. Sujatha Mohan missed the award by a whisker for the song Poo Pookkum Oosai to Chithra.

# Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Vennilavae"   Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam 5:58
2. "Poo Pookum Osai"   Sujatha, Malaysia Vasudevan 6:47
3. "Ooh La La La"   Unni Menon, K. S. Chitra, Srinivas 5:53
4. "Thanga Thamarai"   S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Malgudi Subha 4:58
5. "Strawberry Kannae"   KK, Febi Mani 4:25
6. "Anbendra"   Anuradha Sriram 3:33


  • Actor vikram has dubbed for prabhu deva in some scenes as he got throat infection while in the middle of making this movie.
  • Actress revathi has dubbed for kajol.
  • This is rajiv menon's first directorial venture.
  • S.P.B got national award for the first time in Tamil in this movie.
  • The movie ran for more than 175 days all over Tamil Nadu.
  • The movie is dubbed in Hindi titled Sapnay but it did not do that well.

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