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Directed by Shankar
Produced by K. T. Kunjumon
Written by Shankar
Balakumaran (dialogues)
Starring Prabhu Deva
Girish Karnad
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Jeeva
Editing by B. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Studio A. R. S. Film International
Distributed by A. R. S. Film International
Release dates 17 September 1994
Running time 170 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Kadhalan (English: Boyfriend) is a 1994 Tamil action-romance film written and directed by S. Shankar and produced by K. T. Kunjumon. The film stars Prabhu Deva and Nagma in the lead roles, while Raghuvaran, Girish Karnad and Vadivelu play other pivotal roles. The film's score and soundtrack were composed by A. R. Rahman. The song Mukkabla from the movie, became a national sensation, and owing to the rage that the song created, Kadhalan was dubbed in Hindi as Humse Hai Muqabala and in Telugu as Premikudu.

The film received positive reviews from critics and enjoyed huge commercial success upon release in September 1994. It won many recognitions and honours, including the Filmfare Best Film Award and Filmfare Best Actress for Nagma, while also receiving four National Film Awards.


Prabhu, the chairman of Chennai's Government Arts College, is asked by his Principal to invite the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Kakarlal Sathyanarayana Moorthy (Girish Karnad), to be the chief guest on the annual day of the college. When he goes to invite Kakarla, he bumps into his daughter, Shruthi (Nagma), and instantly falls in love with her. To propose his love for her, he even joins in the same dance class as her. She too subsequently gets to know more about him, and falls in love with him. Since there is considerable fear of terrorism in the state, Kakarla does not permit his daughter to travel anywhere without bodyguards. On one occasion, she manages to give them the slip and runs away with Prabhu at a dance festival. Shortly after there is the threat of a bomb being planted. Shruthi is immediately brought home, and Prabhu is arrested. Shruthi is forbidden to see Prabhu. After being beaten severely, Prabhu is released from police custody. He then goes to meet Shruthi, unaware of the changed circumstances. This is where he finds evidence that will lead him to a hideout of terrorist Mallikarjuna (Raghuvaran) who is the mastermind of bomb blasts, and joins forces with Kakarlal for killing innocent civilians. Whether Prabhu will become a victim or emerge a victor forms the rest of the story.



Kadhalan was dubbed in Hindi as Humse Hai Muqabala and in Telugu as Premikudu and performed well in both regions. Kadhalan then went on to win four National Film Awards in 1995, securing a recognition for the soundtrack and three technical awards. Unnikrishnan won the Best Male Playback Singer with his first ever song in Tamil films for "Ennavale Ennavale". Meanwhile A. S. Laxmi Narayanan and V. S. Murthy won an award for Best Audiography, B. Lenin and V. T. Vijayan for Best Editing while Venky picked up an award for Best Special Effects.


Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 1994
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Soundtrack
Length 34:50
Label Pyramid
Producer A. R. Rahman

The background music score and the soundtrack were composed by A. R. Rahman. The soundtrack, released as Kadhalan: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, features 9 songs composed by Rahman, with lyrics scored by Vaali, Vairamuthu and S.Shankar who penned the Pettai Rap number. While the entire soundtrack was well received commercially and critically by reviewers, one song Mukkabla became recognised on a national level, becoming one of the most recognisable Tamil songs in history. The song was plagiarised freely by Bollywood's tunesmiths and nearly a dozen versions of the song were churned out, a feat that earned Mukkabla and Rahman a place in the Limca Book of Records.[1] New styles were experimented with, as in the song "Pettai Rap", a Madras bashai song which was written in a rap-like style, interspersing Tamil with English words. The synthesiser and the keyboard also feature while drawing from Tamil folk music.

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Ennavale Adi Ennavale"   P. Unnikrishnan 5:11
2. "Mukkabla"   Mano, Swarnalatha 5:23
3. "Erani Kuradhani"   S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. Janaki 5:08
4. "Kadhalikum Pennin"   S. P. Balasubramanyam, Udit Narayan, Pallavi 4:48
5. "Urvasi Urvasi"   A. R. Rahman, Suresh Peters, Shahul Hameed 5:39
6. "Pettai Rap"   Suresh Peters, Theni Kunjarammal, Shahul Hameed 4:23
7. "Kollayile Thennai"   P. Jayachandran 1:45
8. "Kaatru Kuthirayile"   Sujatha 1:31
9. "Indiraiyo Ival Sundariyo"   Sunandha, Kalyani Menon, Minmini 1:02


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