|Release date January 24, 2003 (2003-01-24) (India)|
Pop Corn is a 2003 Tamil musical drama film written and directed by widely known Tamil actor Nassar, and starring Mohanlal and Simran Bagga in lead roles, and introduces newcomers Kunal Shah and Jyothi Naval. The title is short for the phrase "Pop Carnival", with a story-line focusing on why marriages between celebrities can suffer due to conflicts between egos. In July 2002 the film was reported as being "in the finishing stages."
Popular music director Vikramaditya (Mohanlal) returns from a long sabbatical to work with a young music troupe and falls in love with a fusion dancer Jamuna (Simran Bagga). The two marry but fall apart due to their clashing artistic egos. Vikraman's daughter Megha (Jyothi Naval) attempts to re-unite her father and mother, but fails.
The film was initially set to be titled Theem Thari Kida. Cinematography is by Sridhar and Vikram Dharma is the stunt master. The film, which had music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja, was originally released on 24 January 2003, and later dubbed into Malayalam and released in 2007 under the same name.
The soundtrack was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and features seven tracks, the lyrics of which were written by 'Kavignar' Vaali. Although the film's lead actor, Mohanlal, was said to sing one of the songs, titled "Amme Inge Vaa", it did not feature either in the soundtrack or in the film itself.
Director Nassar predicted that Pop-Corn would be "a big hit", and Sify wrote that Pop-corn "is modern family drama about relationships”, expanding that director Nassar and his music director Yuvan Shanker Raja "created a new fusion music that’s elevated and uplifting."
Now Running gave the film one out of five stars, offering that "There seems to be too many flaws in the script and narration", and expanded that "The film which is all about music has no noteworthy songs with the music director Yuvan Shankar Raja failing". They felt however, that the film's actors and their performances made the film tolerable. Mohanlal's role as Vikramaditya was a "finely tuned performance as the popular-singer turned alcoholic", and Simran in her role as Jamuna was captivating. "Going through the myriad of emotions, Simran is at her best".
ReferencesPop Corn (2003 film) Wikipedia
Pop Corn (2003 film) IMDb