|Directed by||P. Bharathiraja|
|Produced by||S. A. Rajkannu|
|Written by||P. Bharathiraja
P. Kalaimani (dialogues)
|Cinematography||P. S. Nivas|
|Editing by||R. Bhaskaran|
|Studio||Sri Amman Creations|
|Distributed by||Sri Amman Creations|
|Release dates||15 September 1977|
|Running time||139 mins|
|Budget||4.5 lakh – 5 lakh|
16 Vayathinile (English: At the Age of Sixteen) is a 1977 Tamil feature film directed by Bharathiraja. The film stars Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and Sridevi. The film also marks the debut of famous South Indian comedian Goundamani. The film's score and soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja and cinematography was by P. S. Nivas. The film focussed on rural Tamil Nadu  and was the first Tamil film to be shot completely outdoors. It began the trend of outdoor shooting in Tamil film industry.
16 Vayathinile was Bharathiraja's directorial debut, it met with a strong critical reception upon release, was a blockbuster and completed a 175-day run at the box office. The film won four State Awards and one each in the South Filmfare Awards and National Film Awards ceremonies. The remake rights for the film were bought by Rajalaxmi Art Films to remake it in Telugu as Padaharella Vayasu.
Mayil is a 16-year-old girl, (Sridevi), filled with ambitions of becoming a teacher. She is an attractive, intelligent woman living in a small society and experiences ripe love when sees the new veterinarian who has come to visit. Many are impressed by this charming young fellow who has entered the village. He seems to be a wealthy, prosperous man and soon develops a relationship with Mayil. Mayil, who is deeply in love, sacrifices her opportunity to study in the teaching college course to spend time with him. But his intentions are not pure and he dumps Mayil after consummating their relationship.
Mayil's mother also passes away, leaving her only with distant cousin Chappani (Kamal Haasan) for support. Chappani, a village bumpkin, is taken advantage of and isolated by the society. He is secretly in love with Mayil, but is jealous and upset about the vet. Another important character is the village roughie Parattai (Rajinikanth) who also has an eye on Mayil. How Mayil lives and whom she chooses as her man forms the rest of the story.
The theme of this emotive story is to show how vulnerable women are when in love. This story conveys strong themes and depicts an issue faced by many young women all over the world.
- Kamal Haasan as Chappani / Gopalakrishnan
- Rajinikanth as Parattai
- Sridevi as Mayilu
- Kanthimathi as Kuruvamma
- K. Bhagyaraj as Sathyajith (Vaithiyar)
- Goundamani as Koothu
The film was Bharathiraja's directorial debut, and was made on a budget of 5 lakh. Kamal Haasan was paid a salary of 27000, while Rajinikanth was reported to have been paid 3000. In 2013 however, Bharathiraja revealed that he had paid 2500 to Rajinikanth, who had earlier charged 5000. Bharathiraja said that he had approached Rajinikanth by telling him that he was making an art film. Kanthimathi was cast as Mayil's mother and Bharathiraja stated, "at the time I was writing Padhinaru Vayathinile, I was looking for someone who could speak the ‘vattara vazhakku' (local dialect) well, and I could not think of anyone else". K. Bhagyaraj was working as an assistant director to Bharathiraja in the film which was shot at Kollegal in Karnataka. For the role of a doctor, various aspirants were tried out but Bharathiraja decided that Bhagyaraj should play the role.
Bharathiraja told that the film was to be made in black-and-white by the National Film Development Corporation but it backed out at the last minute. Bharathiraja went ahead with the film, shooting for the first time in natural light. Kamal Haasan said that they did not have the budget to afford a camera that could shoot slow motion scenes and therefore Sridevi had to literally run in slow motion for a particular scene.
|1||Aattu Kutti||Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki||Kannadasan||4:20|
|3||Manja Kulichi||S. Janaki||Alangudi Somu||4:26|
|4||Senthoora Poovae||S. Janaki||Gangai Amaran||3:33|
|5||Senthoora Poovae (Sad)||S. Janaki||0:40|
|6||Sevvanthi Poo Mudicha||Malaysia Vasudevan, P. Susheela||Kannadasan||4:34|
|1978||Padaharella Vayasu||Telugu||Sri Devi, Chandramohan, Mohan Babu||K. Raghavendra Rao|
|1979||Solva Sawan||Hindi||Sri Devi, Amol Palekar||Bharathi Raja|
IndiaGlitz said, "Rajini as Parattai is as sly as a fox, Kamal as Chappani the innocent lad and Sridevi the attractive teacher give a enjoyable performance. You are sure to keep remembering "Pathavachitiye Parattai" after watching this movie."
16 Vayathinile is considered a cult classic  and landmark in Tamil cinema. IBN Live included the film in its list of 100 greatest Indian films of all time. In 2007, The Hindu asked eight Tamil directors to list ten films they like most. Seven of them, C. V. Sridhar, K. Balachander, J. Mahendran, K. Bhagyaraj, Mani Ratnam, K. S. Ravikumar and Ameer Sultan, named 16 Vayathinile as one of their favourite Tamil films. Mani Ratnam stated, "‘16 Vayathinile’ is memorable for its script, high standard and realism.
- Best Director – Bharathiraja
- Best Actor – Kamal Haasan
- Best Female Playback Singer – S. Janaki
- Best Music Director – Ilaiyaraaja
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