Kadhalukku Mariyadhai

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Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
Kadhalukku Mariyadhai poster.jpg
Directed by Fazil
Produced by Sangili Murugan
Starring Vijay
Music by Ilayaraja
Cinematography Anandakuttan
Edited by K. R. Gowrishankar
T. R. Sekar
Murugan Cine Arts
Distributed by Aascar Films
Release dates
  • December 19, 1997 (1997-12-19)
Running time 165 minutes
Language Tamil

Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (English: Respect for Love) is a 1997 Tamil romance film directed by Fazil. It starred Vijay and Shalini in the lead roles with Sivakumar, Srividya and Manivannan playing other supporting roles. The film became a blockbuster soon after release and was dubbed by critics as a "classic", with the lead pair in the film profiting from the widespread success.[1][2] The movie was declared a All time Blockbuster by completing 210 days at the Boxoffice.[3] The film was a remake of Fazil's successful Malayalam film, Aniathipravu, which featured Kunchacko Boban and Shalini in the lead roles.[4]


Jeevanandhan (Vijay) refuses to give them away and the brothers swear bloodshed. A registrar wedding is quickly arranged and on the eve of the wedding, the lovers learn of the unlimited love, affection and care their respective family members have for them and decide not to hurt their sentiments. They agree to part company. The fisherfolk leader is shocked first at their decision, and later understands their feelings and sends them back safely, an appreciable twist in the movie. Jeeva and Mini go back to their respective homes to the excitement and relief of their families. However, their mothers realize how heartbroken the couple are without each other and reunite them.



Initially Fazil was keen on casting a debutant in the lead female role, but Shalini inisted that she should also star in the Tamil version.[5] Fazil selected Vijay for the lead role.[6]


The satellite rights of the film were bagged by Sun TV. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.

Critical Reception[edit]

The film opened in December 1997 to unanimously positive reviews. A reviewer from The Hindu mentioned that "Vijay brings to surface the soft nature of the love", while adding that the rest of the cast make "fine contributions", and praising the director's work.[7] Another critic from Indolink.com recommending the film and citing that "Shalini returns in this film with a good performance" and that Ilaiyaraaja music is "Unbelievable". He also goes on to praise the performance of the other lead actors and Fazil's direction.[8] The film saw Vijay win the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor alongside Parthiban in 1997, while Pazhani Bharathi also picked up the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Lyricist for his work in the film.[9]

Another remake was soon made in Hindi as Doli Saja Ke Rakhna with Akshaye Khanna and Jyothika in the lead roles which was also repeated the same magic of the tamil version.[10] The success of the film prompted the director to make another film with the lead pair in 2000, Kannukkul Nilavu,received positive reviews.[11]


Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 1997
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Star Music

The soundtrack has been scored by Ilaiyaraaja was well received by the audience.[12] The lead actor, Vijay, sung the song "Oh Baby" for this movie.

Song title Singers Length
Ennai Thalaata Hariharan, Bhavatharini 05:05
Anantha Kuyilin Pattu Malaysia Vasudevan, Surendar, Arunmozhi, Chitra, Deepika 04:58
Oru Pattam Poochi K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha 05:13
Idhu Sangeetha Thirunalo Bhavatharini 04:35
Anantha Kuyilin Pattu K. S. Chithra 01:53
O Baby Vijay, Bhavatharini 04:56
Ennai Thalatta Varuvala Ilaiyaraaja 05:05
Ayya Veedu Therandhuthan Ilaiyaraaja, Arun Mozhi 04:54


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