Kadhal Kottai

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Kadhal Kottai
Kaadhal Kottai poster.jpg
Directed by Agathiyan
Produced by Sivashakthi Pandian
Written by Agathiyan
Starring Ajith Kumar
Heera Rajgopal
Music by Deva
Cinematography Thangar Bachan
Edited by Lancy-Mohan
Sivashakthi Movie Makers
Distributed by Sivashakthi Movie Makers
Release dates
  • July 12, 1996 (1996-07-12)
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office 10 crore (US$1.6 million)

Kadhal Kottai is a 1996 epistolary Tamil film directed by Agathiyan, in which Ajith Kumar and Devayani play lead roles, apart from Heera Rajgopal, Thalaivasal Vijay, and Karan who played important roles.[2]

The film was a major blockbuster and also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, the National Film Award for Best Direction as well as the National Film Award for Best Screenplay for Agathiyan. It garnered positive critical acclaim and completed a 240-day run at the box office. The film was dubbed into Telugu as Prema Lekha and to Kannada as Yaare Neenu Cheluve (1998). Agathiyan also remade the movie in Hindi titled Sirf Tum (1999. This film also remade in Bengali titled Hothat Brishti (1998) directed by Basu Chatterjee . The film was released as a novel in 2010 under the same name.[3]


Kamali (Devayani) lives with her sister and brother-in-law in Ooty and is searching for a job. While in Madras, her purse is stolen and she fears she has lost her university certificates. Surya (Ajith Kumar) who works in Jaipur finds the purse and sends it back to her, and a love develops through letters and phone calls. They agree to love each other without meeting, and Surya eventually moves to Madras for work. However Kamali's brother-in-law is pressuring her to marry a suitable man and Surya's boss keeps trying to seduce him. Eventually, Kamali and Surya unite through a run of coincidences.



The basic theme of the film was inspired from "Puranaanooru" literature on the relationship between King Kopperum Chozhan and poet Pisirandhaiyar, though they never met but they developed a strong relationship until their deaths. Agathiyan confirmed this in his interviews.[4] Agathiyan initially wanted to make his directorial debut with this subject since no producer were willing to produce the film, he made few films and earned his breakthrough with Vaanmathi.[4] Post its success, he chosen Ajith, actor from that film to play the leading role with Sivasakthi Pandian agreeing to produce the film.[4]

Agathiyan had asked Devayani to change her glamorous on screen image for the film, and Devayani duly agreed with the film becoming the start of several other similar roles for her.[4][5]


The music composed by Deva.[6]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Kaalamellam Kadhal" P. Unnikrishnan, K. S. Chithra Agathiyan 5:05
2 "Kavalai Padathey" Deva 4:26
3 "Mottu Mottu Malaradha" Swarnalatha 4:54
4 "Nalam Nalamariya Aval" - 1 S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Anuradha Sriram 4:48
5 "Nalam Nalamariya Aval" - 2 Krishnaraj, Anuradha Sriram 4:49
6 "Sivappu Lolakku" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Ponniyin Selvan 5:23
7 "Vellarikka" Deva, Krishnaraj Agathiyan 4:23


Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan appreciated the film by giving 52 marks and mentioned that "The basic plot is a novel idea which has been given a good shape and life by the filmmaker".[7]


Year Film Language Cast Director
1998 Yaare Neenu Cheluve Kannada V Ravichandran, Sangeetha D. Rajendra Babu
1998 Hothat Brishti Bengali Ferdous Ahmed, Priyanka Trivedi Basu Chatterjee
1999 Sirf Tum Hindi Sanjay Kapoor, Priya Gill Agathiyan


National Film Awards- 1996
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards- 1996


  1. ^ Dhananjayan 2014, p. 356.
  2. ^ "Kadhal Kottai". cinesouth. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  3. ^ http://www.starajith.com/2332-thala-ajith-kumar-devayani-agathiyan-kadhal-kottai-book-novel
  4. ^ a b c d Dhananjayan 2014, p. 357.
  5. ^ "Five years... and still sitting pretty". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 30 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Kadhal Kottai Songs". raaga. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  7. ^ Dhananjayan 2014, p. 358.
  8. ^ "1996 State Awards". Dinakaran. 

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