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P. Vasu is the writer and director of the 2005 Indian Tamil-language psychological horror comedy film Chandramukhi, which translates to "Moon-faced girl."

It is an official re-imagining of the Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu (1993) as well as the Kannada film Apthamitra (2004).

The film features an ensemble supporting cast in addition to Rajinikanth, Jyothika (who portrayed the title role), and Prabhu in the lead parts.

The story centers on a woman with dissociative identity disorder that affects her family and a psychiatrist who is willing to put his life in danger to solve the issue.

Chandramukhi is the 50th film produced by Sivaji Productions, a firm founded by Prabhu and his brother Ramkumar Ganesan.

Vidyasagar wrote both the background score and the soundtrack CD. Sekhar V was in charge of the cinematography.

Renowned American psychiatrist Saravanan pays a holiday visit to his best buddy Senthilnathan and his wife Ganga.

Senthil's father decided to wed Kasthuri rather than his cousin Kandaswamy's sister, Akhilandeshwari, therefore Senthil's mother Kasthuri wanted him to wed Priya, the daughter of his father's cousin, to bring the two branches of the family back together after 30 years of separation.

Saravanan finds out that Senthil moved in with them after purchasing the mansion in Vettaiyapuram, despite the elders in the community trying to talk him out of it.

Envious of Saravanan, Akhilandeshwari schemes to eliminate him with the aid of her aide Oomaiyan.

The chief priest tells the reason everyone is afraid when the family visits their ancestral shrine.

Rajinikanth declared at the Mannan (1992) success meet that he would feature in the 50th film from Sivaji Productions, Chandramukhi.

In September 2004, Rajinikanth expressed his admiration for P. Vasu's screenplay and complimented him on the success of his Kannada film Apthamitra (2004), a replica of the Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu (1993).

Subsequently, Vasu asked Rajinikanth to remake the movie in Tamil. Rajinikanth subsequently contacted Ramkumar Ganesan, asking him to produce the movie under his banner, Sivaji Productions.

Rajinikanth wanted to have Vasu conduct Apthamitra in Tamil, so Ramkumar called the man who was then performing worship at a Guruvayur temple.

Vasu modified his writing for Apthamitra to better fit Rajinikanth's acting style.

Rajinikanth performed as King Vettaiyan and Dr. Saravanan. In character, he wore a wig.

Before they were shot, Rajinikanth and P. Vasu discussed every scene that included the former and added the appropriate elements.

Unlike Manichitrathazhu, where the same character, played by Mohanlal, arrives in the middle of the film, Rajinikanth makes an early appearance in the movie.

Since Chandramukhi sounded more royal, Rajinikanth asked Vasu to change the dancer's name from Nagavalli, the name of the danseuse in Apthamitra, to Chandramukhi.

When Rajinikanth was younger, he witnessed a Marathi play, and the villain's mannerisms inspired him to use "Lakka Lakka" instead of Vishnuvardhan's "Haula Haula" in the original.

At Sivaji Ganesan's home, Annai Illam, a puja ritual was held on October 24, 2004, to mark the start of principal photography.

Ramkumar Ganesan stated that the crew would have two months to execute post-production work, including visual effects, if filming was completed by February 15, 2005.

Two days later, the first filming session got underway with a battle scene that Thalapathy Dinesh choreographed and that was recorded at Ramavaram in Chennai. Rajinikanth starred in a combat scenario that involved over 25 Toyota Qualis and 30 stunt performers.

In Hyderabad, the Vettaiyapuram mansion was built.

The musical sequences included a solo song featuring Rajini, two songs featuring him alongside the other main cast members, and a finale song featuring Jyothika.

The movie was released on April 14, 2005,[50] on Tamil New Year's Day, alongside the Vijay and Kamal Haasan films Sachein and Mumbai Xpress.

A total of 37 theaters in Malaysia, 15 in Europe, 9 in Sri Lanka, 7 in the US, 4 in Canada and the Persian Gulf nations, and 2 in Australia and Singapore hosted the premiere of Chandramukhi.

In Coimbatore, the movie was released in 23 prints—12 more than Rajinikanth's Padayappa (1999).

In the 'Winds of Asia' section, Chandramukhi was screened on October 23, 2005, and October 28, 2005, at the 18th Tokyo International Film Festival in Japan.

It was the movie's debut showing in a public theater in Japan.

The audiences there responded favorably to it.


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