|Directed by||Praveen Gandhi|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Cinematography||Arthur A. Wilson|
|Edited by||M. N. Raja|
|Running time||161 minutes|
Jodi (English: Couple) is a 1999 romantic musical film directed by Praveen Gandhi and produced by Murali Manohar. The film features Prashanth and Simran in the lead roles, with Vijayakumar, Nassar and Srividya playing other pivotal roles. The film's soundtrack is composed by A.R. Rahman, while Sabesh-Murali compose the background score for the film. The film opened in September 1999 to positive reviews and became a commercially successful venture.
Kannan (Prashanth), a young music shop employee dreams of his dreamgirl with gold anklets. He sees a running girl's leg and finds he has found his girl and follows her with his anklets. Kannan goes to a music college to repair musical instruments and a group of college girls lead by Gayatri (Simran) the girl which Kannan found as his dreamgirl approach him to request him to not to repair the instruments all they are very old and unfit to use for the music contest. Kannan uses the opportunity to become initmate to her but Gayathri does reciprocate him instead gets angry on his behaviour. Kannan accompanies Gayathri to Bangalore for the music contest. Gayathri once sees Kannan getting money from one of the musical bands who has come to participate in the contest. On the day of the contest Gayathri and her team are shocked that the song which they have composed was stolen by other troop and she misunderstands that Kannan has stolen and sold their work for money despite Kannan's protest that he is innocent. Kannan lends the love poems which he had written for her to sing for the contest. Gayathri gets the song and sings which wins her the prize. Gayathri understands that Kannan has no role in the stealing of the song and he got money from the troop for fixing their repaired musical instruments. Gayathri now realised her blunder for hurting him and rushes to apologize and accept his love. Kannan gets news that his father was injured and rushes to his home.
Rudramurthy (Nassar) is an employee in a register office who witnesses many marriages take place without the consent of couple's parents. He is against such marriages and tried to prevent one such marriage by advising the girl who had come to marry her lover and sending her home which led to quarrel and attack by groom and his friends. Kannan understood that he is going to have a tough time with his love and his father who hates love marriages. Gayathri on other hand has a family with a father who is very depressed by one incident which happened in his life. Gayathri's friend and her lover commit suicide due to pressure put up by the parents against their love. This upsets Gayathri and she is scared on how to get herself married to Kannan. Both Kannan and Gayathri plan to visit the family of the other, impress them, attract them and get permission for the marriage and set for their mission.
Gayathri sets out to Kannan's home as a daughter of troublesome neighbour of Kannan and Kannan sets to Gayathri's home only to earn a name of vagabond from her family. Both Gayathri and Kannan try their level best to get into the home of other's families and succeed to some extent. Gayathri manages to win the heart of Rudramurthy when she tried to stop his daughter who was about to ran away from her home with her lover and succeed in that. This makes Rudramurthy accept her as his daughter-in-law. On the other hand Kannan visits his home with much depression reason being failing to accompolish his mission. Kannan finds the reason for Gayathri's father Vengudu's condition as one incident. Vengudu is a musical critic and his criticism plays a vital role in one's musical career. Vengudu once made a bad criticism about a male vocalist in front of the audience and also in the next day newspaper which led the vocalist to commit suicide. The wife of vocalist shouts at him and curses him for bring her a fate. From then he stopped his critic job and living a guilty feeling life. Kannan attempts to solve his problem by visiting the vocalist's house and explains the current condition of Vengudu. He requests them forgive him and visit his home to which the lady accepts. On the day of the visit the lady proposes marriage alliance of her son who met Gayathri on the music contest at Bangalore with Vengudu's daughter Gayathri to which Vengudu accepts. On hearing about her marriage, Gayathri screams that she will not let this happen and sets her to convince her father. On seeing her father she is not able to speak with him as she finds her father has changed a lot and her marriage would bring him complete relief from his guilt.
However on the day of the marriage the groom sings one of the love song written by Kannan for Gayathri and which she sang in the musical contest. One hearing the song she runs to Kannan. The groom explains to Vengudu that both are intimate lovers and not to separate them. Vengudu accepts them as he does not want to commit another mistake in his life and spend his life in guilt. Kannan and Gayathri are united.
- Prashanth as Kannan
- Simran as Gayathri
- Vijayakumar as Vengudu
- Nassar as Rudramurthy
- Janagaraj as Nachimuthu
- Ramesh Khanna
- Ambika as Sneha Varadharajan (Gayathri's Principal)
- S. N. Lakshmi
- Janaki Sabesh
- Madhan Bob
- Sakthi Chidambaram as Kannan's friend
- Dinanthorum Nagaraj as Kannan's Friend
- Isha Koppikar in a guest appearance
- Ramesh Aravind in a guest appearance
- Nizhalgal Ravi in a guest appearance
- Praveen Gandhi in a guest appearance
- Vairamuthu in a guest appearance
- Gangai Amaren in a guest appearance
- Trisha Krishnan in an uncredited role
Cee I TV's Murali Manohar signed on Prashanth to appear in their third successive Tamil production after the successes of Jeans and Kaadhal Kavidhai. The director, Praveenkanth, with the film reverted to his original name after being known as Praveen Gandhi in his debut film Ratchagan. The director also played a cameo role in the film.
Aishwarya Rai was offered the female lead role by producer Murali Manohar after the success of her previous Tamil film, Jeans but her busy schedule in Hindi films resulted in Simran eventually bagging the role. Aishwarya had then agreed to appear in a guest appearance in the film, but her unavailability led to Isha Koppikar eventually doing the part. Trisha Krishnan, winner of the Miss Chennai 1999 beauty pageant, made an appearance in an uncredited role as a friend of Simran's character.
A critic from Indolink.com reviewed that "the director's light-veined screenplay keeps the movie moving at a good pace. As for the performances, Prasanth rises above the material and gives yet another breezy performance. A ravishing Simran emotes with ease and parades her umblical beauty in the song sequences."
The film was dubbed into Telugu under the same name, while a Kannada language version, Sajni, was released in 2007. A Hindi version of the film was also planned by the director with different songs and small changes in the storyline, but the project never took off. The film's success prompted director Praveen Kanth to collaborate with Prashanth and Simran again in a project called Star, but Simran soon dropped out and the film failed to replicate the success of Jodi. Furthermore Simran and Prashanth were later paired together in Saran's Parthen Rasithen (2000), after being dubbed as a "hit pair".
The soundtrack features 6 songs composed by A. R. Rahman, who reused the songs he composed for the 1997 Hindi film Doli Saja Ke Rakhna, with a new song Oru Poiyavadhu added. The background score for the film was composed by duo Sabesh-Murali. Lyrics were penned by Vairamuthu
|Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman|
|Recorded||Panchathan Record Inn|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||A. R. Rahman|
|A. R. Rahman chronology|
|1||"Kai Thatti Thatti""||Srinivas, Timmy||Reused "Taram Pum" from "Doli Saja Ke Rakhna"|
|2||"Kadhal Kaditham"||S. Janaki, Unni Menon||Reused "Kissa Hum Likhenge" from "Doli Saja Ke Rakhna"|
|3||"Vannapoongave"||Mahalakshmi Iyer||Reused "Jhula Bahon Ka" from "Doli Saja Ke Rakhna"|
|4||"Anjathe Jeeva"||Seerghazhi Siva Chidambaram, Swarnalatha||Reused "Chal Kheva Re Kheva" from "Doli Saja Ke Rakhna"|
|5||"Velli Malarae"||Instrumental||Reused "Bol Sajni" from "Doli Saja Ke Rakhna"|
|6||"Velli Malarae"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Mahalakshmi Iyer||Reused "Bol Sajni" from "Doli Saja Ke Rakhna"|
|7||"Oru Poiyavadhu"||Srinivas, Sujatha|
|9||"Mel Nattu Isai"||K. S. Chithra|
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