|Produced by||Sivashakthi Pandian|
Sivashakthi Movie Makers
|Distributed by||Sivashakthi Movie Makers|
|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.
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.
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.
- Ajith Kumar as Surya
- Devayani as Kamali
- Heera Rajgopal as Neha
- Raja as Jeeva
- Karan as Siva
- Manivannan as Kaliyaperumal
- Thalaivasal Vijay as Paneer
- Rajeev as Sekhar
- Pandu as Ramasamy
- Ramji in a special appearance
- Rani in the song "Vellarikka"
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. 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. Post its success, he chosen Ajith, actor from that film to play the leading role with Sivasakthi Pandian agreeing to produce the film.
|1||"Kaalamellam Kadhal"||P. Unnikrishnan, K. S. Chithra||Agathiyan||5:05|
|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|
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".
|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
- Best Director: Agathiyan
- Special Prize: Actress: Devayani
- Best Editor: Lachi Mohan
- Best Costume Designer: Maasanam 
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