Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum stars Prabhu and Kalidas Jayaram, the son of Jayaram and Parvathi, in the lead roles. Ashna Zaveri and Pooja Kumar play the female lead characters in the movie, which features Kamal Haasan in a cameo, and Urvashi and MS Bhaskar in supporting roles. The music in the film has been composed by D Imman, while Lakshman has handled the cinematography and Richard Kevin has edited the flick.
The story of Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum revolves around a doting father Annamalai (Prabhu) and his aggressive son, Karthik, played by Jayaram. After facing a lot of hardships, Annamalai becomes a successful restaurateur in Malaysia. He dotes on his son, but Karthik is a careless person and does not reciprocate his father's love.
Just when the father-son relationship starts to sour, Kamal Haasan enters the scene as a swami and the roles are reversed. How they understand each other forms the rest of the story. The movie has not received favourable reviews. Although the story appears to be good on paper, poor execution has played the spoilsport.
Here are some critics' reviews on the film:
The Hindu: With little investment into its characters, it comes pretty much as a visual brochure for Malaysia tourism rather than anything else. Debutant Kalidas looks the part but that's about it. What he does convincingly, though, is the love scenes....I found his sequences with Pavithra (Ashna Zaveri) entertaining, in a very goofy Jayam-Ravi-in-Something-Something-Unakkum-Enakkum sort of a way.
Rediff: The film is an incredibly boring and tedious fantasy comedy with a half-baked script and annoying characters. First-time director Amudeshwar attempts to show what it feels like to walk in someone else's shoes.
Behindwoods: The screenplay is dispersed with a few comic moments that work in patches. With a crux that revolves around father son relationship we are exposed to the regular dosage of the sentimental flow. The songs hinder the pace of the movie especially in the first half.