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Muni 2: Kanchana

Muni 2: Kanchana (simply known as Kanchana) is a 2011 Tamil horror comedy film written, produced and directed by Raghava Lawrence as a sequel to his previous venture, Muni (2007) and the second film in the installment of Muni film series. The film features himself in the lead role, with Sarathkumar as the title character, and Lakshmi Rai in other roles.

The film revolves around Raghava, who is scared to venture outside gets possessed by a ghost and starts behaving weirdly. The ghost turns out to be a transgender who wants to take revenge on an MLA who murdered her and her family for land-grabbing. The film’s cinematography and editing was handled by Vetri and Kishore Te. respectively. The film’s soundtrack was composed by Thaman. The film’s distribution rights was bought by Sri Thenandal Films.

The film released on 22 July 2011, while a dubbed same-titled Telugu version was released a week earlier in Andhra Pradesh. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film became a commercial success in both languages. The film was remade in Kannada as Kalpana (2012 film) directed by Ramanarayanan. Was remade also in Sinhala as “Maya” in Sri Lanka and in Bangladesh as Mayabini starring Symon Sadik, Amit Hasan and Airin Sultana

Raghava (Lawrence Raghavendra) is a typical jobless youth who spends his days playing cricket with friends. He suffers from an irrational fear of ghosts, and retreats to the safety of his home after sunset. His fear is so great he prefers to sleep with his mother (Kovai Sarala) and have her accompany him to the bathroom at night. This creates major annoyance in the household, including Raghava’s brother (Sriman), sister-in-law (Devadarshini) and their children.

One day, Raghava and his friends are forced to abandon their usual cricket ground and find a new one; they unwittingly select an abandoned ground which is rumored to be haunted. A bizarre weather change scares them away. Raghava brings home his cricket stumps, which have been stained with blood from a buried corpse in the ground. He focuses on wooing Priya (Lakshmi Rai), the sister of his sister-in-law. In the following days, his mother and sister-in-law are witness to several paranormal phenomena at night; prominently a ghost haunting the hallways. On consulting a priest, they perform 3 rituals to ascertain if the house is haunted:

1. They keep a coconut on a rangoli and pray to Lord Shiva. The coconut rotates on its own.

2. They make a cow eat food. The cow runs out of the house without eating the food.

3. They leave a lit lamp and two drops of blood and leave the house. A ghost of a woman appears before them and licks the blood.

Scared senseless, Raghava’s mother and sister-in-law hire two priests (Mayilsamy and Manobala) to rid their home of the ghost. The priests, however, are conmen, and escape with their lives. That night, the ghost possesses Raghava, who begins acting increasingly effeminate, alienating himself from Priya and wearing women’s clothes and jewelry. His family angrily confronts him, when it is revealed that there are actually three ghosts who have possessed him: a violent woman, a Hindi-speaking Muslim, and a mentally retarded boy. Raghava’s family hires an exorcist, who successfully drives the spirit away from Raghava’s body. The ghost of the woman, trapped, reveals her story.

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