Love Birds (1996 film)
|Directed by||P. Vasu|
|Produced by||V. Natarajan|
|Written by||P. Vasu|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Cinematography||M. C. Sekar|
|Edited by||P. Mohanraj|
|Distributed by||Pyramid Films|
|Running time||146 minutes|
Love Birds is a 1996 Tamil romantic film directed by P. Vasu. The film features Prabhu Deva and Nagma in the lead roles with Raja, Vadivelu and Sarath Babu playing other pivotal roles. The film's score and soundtrack composed by A. R. Rahman was highly successful. Love Birds opened in January 1996 to a mixed response critically and an average performance commercially.
After accidentally meeting, Mridula (Nagma) and Arun (Prabhu Deva) fall in love. The young couple both come from affluent families, and so, to test whether they will be suited for a long term relationship, they both decide to live together. However, a few months into their relationship, Arun and Mridula get in an accident and he passes away. A devastated Mridula is unable to get over her loss, and before long starts seeing Arun in strange visions everywhere she goes. Her family eventually decide that relocating to another country might help Mridula move on, and so they send her to the UK. Once she arrives there, she meets Mano, a young man attracted to her. She knows that her parents expect her to fall for Mano. But as she can't move on, she runs away. She meets a person who looks exactly like Arun. She follows him and finds out where he lives and works. Whenever she tries to talk to him, he denies his relationship with her and says he doesn't know her. However, she later finds out that her father had Arun sent away as he had helped with Arun's sister's marriage and had threatened to let it all go downhill for her. Arun moves to UK in hopes that he can forget about Mridula but he can't and when he meets her, he realises this. When Mridula's father finds out Arun is still alive, he tries to kill him. However he realises his mistake and lets the lovebirds reunite.
- Prabhu Deva as Arun
- Nagma as Mridula
- Sarath Babu
- Vadivelu as Raja
- Raja as Mano
- Chinni Jayanth
- Santhana Bharathi
- Apache Indian in a special appearance
Prabhu Deva was signed to work on the film after working in Shankar's 1994 blockbuster Kaadhalan, and his pair from that film, Nagma, was also roped in again. British Indian musician Apache Indian was also roped in to sing and dance for a music video in the film.
The film was predominantly shot across London, with scenes also canned at Buckingham Palace and at a Hilton Hotel. The producers had earlier location scouted in the city and took music director, A. R. Rahman along to get a feel of the city.
The film opened in January 1996 to mixed reviews. The film opened days earlier in Malaysia than India and was shown across 27 theaters in the country, a figure only usually exceeded for Tamil films starring Rajinikanth, and this mirrors the large release the film received. Vijayan of The New Straits Times reviewed the film, "This movie seems made for courting couples, especially those who are facing problems with disapproving parents" and added that "strong dialogue makes the film rise slight above the ordinary".
Love Birds however became an average grosser at the box office but was a little better than Prabhudeva's next, Mr. Romeo. The actor thus had to go through a slump in his film career. The film was later dubbed and released in Telugu and Hindi under the same title.
|Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman|
|Recorded||Panchathan Record Inn|
|A. R. Rahman chronology|
The soundtrack features 5 songs composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Vairamuthu for the original Tamil version, by Sirivennela Sitaramasastri for the Telugu version and by P. K. Mishra and Mehboob for the Hindi version. The album was widely appreciated by critics.
|Track listing - Tamil|
|1.||"Come On Come On"||Mano|
|2.||"Malargaley"||K. S. Chithra, Hariharan|
|3.||"Naalai Ulagam"||Unnikrishnan, Sujatha|
|4.||"No Problem"||Apache Indian, A. R. Rahman|
|5.||"Samba Samba"||Aslam Mustafa|