Poove Unakkaga

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Poove Unakkaga
Poove Unakkaga.jpg
Directed by Vikraman
Produced by R. B. Choudary
Written by Vikraman
Starring Vijay
Anju Aravind
M.N. Nambiar
Music by S.A. Rajkumar
Cinematography S. Saravanan
Edited by V. Jaishankar
Distributed by Super Good Films
Release dates 15 February 1996
Running time 150 min.
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget INR2.5 crore

Poove Unakkaga is a 1996 Tamil romantic film starring Vijay and Sangita in the lead roles. It was the first blockbuster in Vijay's career and a major breakthrough. The film was remade in Telugu as Subhakankshalu (1997), in Kannada as Ee Hrudaya Ninagagi (1997) and in Hindi as Badhaai Ho Badhaai (2002).[1] The Movie went on to become a silver jubilee movie by completing 250 days at the Boxoffice.[2]


In a flashback, Stephen and Sadhasivam have been best friends since college and so have their respective sons, Moses and Vasudevan. Stephen's family is Christian while Sadhasivam's family is Hindu. Moses' younger brother, Robert and Vasudevan's younger sister, Janaki fall in love with each other. Against their families' wishes, they elope. Ever since then, the two families hate each other. 25 years later, Moses' son, Lawrence and Vasudevan's daughter, Nandhini fall in love with each other, but are afraid of their families' opposition.

Raja comes to the village and announces that he is the son of Robert and Janaki. He wants to reconcile the feuding families. With his friend Gopi, Raja stays in the house of the loud & frightful Velangiri. He gradually endears himself to both families. Later, both his grandmothers suggest marriage. To avoid the situation, Gopi suggests that Raja tell them that he is married. Raja decides that this is the only way, thus lying that he is married to a Hindu-Christian like himself, Nirmala Mary (Nimmi).

Several days later, Nirmala Mary arrives. Raja is confused, as she was just a figment of his imagination. After several encounters, Nirmala Mary comes clean with Raja, telling him that she is the only child of Robert and Janaki. She then confronts Raja, asking him why he wants to unite the two families.

Thus ensues a flashback where Raja explains why he came to the village. While living in the city, Raja lived next to a ladies' hostel, where Nandhini was a resident. As she and her friends were trying to find a good song for a competition, Raja indirectly helps her and falls in love with her. However she treats him as only a good friend. When Raja was about to confess his love for her, Nandhini instead tells Raja about her love for Lawrence. Hearing their plan to marry without their parents' consent due to the Robert-Janaki problem, Raja volunteers to unite the families so that they can marry with the blessings of their families.

Raja and Gopi carry out this mission and, when he is seen helping out the lovers in their ways of marrying, Nandhini's father learns of their love. The news spreads quickly like wildfire and both families now think they have run away and want to kill the members of the other family. Meanwhile, Raja has reconciled the grandparents of the two families. Only the fathers and the lovers are his main concern. At the end, he manages to unite the lovers and their families in a logical manner.

After the marriage, the truth of Raja's appearance is revealed. Later, the families ask him to marry Nirmala (whose actual name is Priyadarshini) to make him a member of their family. However, he refuses, telling them that he loved a girl and does not want to think of anyone else.



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


The movie was the first blockbuster of vijay's career and a major breakthrough.


Poove Unakkaga
Soundtrack album by S.A. Rajkumar
Released 1996
Recorded 1996
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 28.61
Label Star Music
Producer S.A. Rajkumar
S.A. Rajkumar chronology
Perum Pulli
Poove Unakkaga
Krishna (1996 Tamil film)

The music was composed by S. A. Rajkumar was well received by the audience while lyrics were written by Vaali, and Palani Bharathi.

Track list[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Artist(s) Length
1. "Anantham Anantham (F)"   Palani Bharathi K.S.Chitra 06:08
2. "Sollamalae"   Vaali P. Jayachandran, Sujatha 04:42
3. "Chiclet Chiclet"   Vaali Mano 04:25
4. "Anantham Anantham (M)"   Palani Bharathi Unnikrishnan 06:21
5. "Oh Pyari"   Vaali S.A. Rajkumar 04:19
6. "Machinichi"   Vaali T. L. Maharajan, Unnikrishnan, Sujatha 03:46
Total length:


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