Kandukondain Kandukondain (கண்டுகொண்டேன் கண்டுகொண்டேன்) is one those Tamil movies from the early part of Aishwarya Rai’s movie career. Directed by Rajiv Menon, it is an adaptation of the novel Sense and Sensibility, written by Jane Austen. The protagonists are two sisters who live in an idyllic village, Tabu plays the elder sister and Aishwarya the younger. Ajith, a guy who aspires to make it big as a director in the Tamil movie industry, is in love with Tabu. Vying for Aishwarya’s heart are two aspirants, Mammoootty playing a flower farmer who has retired from the army having lost his leg to a mine and Abbas who is the poetry-spouting CEO of a financial company with murky credentials. The pleasant lives of the girls turn to turmoil when they lose their ancestral property and migrate to Chennai to eke out a living.
Kandukondain is probably one of the few movies where ice-queen Aishwarya is bearable. The adaptation from Jane Austen’s novel is nicely done and fits the South Indian context. Music by A R Rahman is quite good, but this is certainly not one of my favorites. The wild choreography of the songs do not fit the flow of the movie and are just plain jarring. Kandukondain has a good story that is adequately told and hence worth watching.