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Nala Damayanthi

(U) (2003)


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Release Date

12 Jun 2003

Nala Damayanthi Story

Nala Damayanthi stars Madhavan and Geetu Mohandas. It also featured guest roles from Kamal Hassan and Jayaram. Ramji (Madhavan), a village cook from Palakkad, goes to Australia to become a chef at a multi-millionaire Indian's home. Unfortunately, the millionaire dies of indigestion the day Ramji arrives, leaving him jobless and without his passport and visa, which had been stolen. Desperate to stay and earn, he starts working illegally as a cook in an Indian hotel owned by an NRI Badri (Sriman), but to stay on, he needs to get a legal work permit as the immigration police are after him.

A solution comes up when Damayanthi (Geetu Mohandas), a free-spirited motorbiker Sri Lankan Tamil chick and the fiancee of Badri's friend Ivan (Bruno Xavier), agrees to marry the docile cook in order to settle her loans. Ramji converts to Christianity, becoming Robert, and then moves into Damayanthi's house. Constant stalking by the police forces the couple to stay together to avoid detection by authority. However, when Ramji meets and begins to learn karate from Suguna, Ivan's ex-wife, whom he left after taking all her money and leaving her to be supported by her distant relatives, he tries to tell Damayanthi the truth and initiates a fight with Ivan. Damayanthi, though, does not believe what Ramji says and throws him out of the house in the middle of the night.

The next morning, Ramji returns to the house and the couple forgive each other. Eventually, Ramji invites Suguna to their house and Damayanthi learns the truth and realizes the love that Ramji has for her. She soon begins to fall in love with him and takes Ivan's car, which she previously bought for him, and withdraws all the money from the joint account to give to Bhagyam (Divyadarshini), who had trouble with her in-laws back in India and needed money to marry her childhood friend, Kicha. Eventually, Ramji answers more than he is asked at the immigration office then is forced to return to India. Damayanthi eventually comes along to Palakkad and the movie ends with a happy note where couple starts off a restaurant. Actors Kamal Haasan and Jayaram arrive to inaugurate the restaurant and wish the couple luck.

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