Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen

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Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
Directed by Vikraman
Produced by G. Venugopal
K. Muralidaran
Starring Karthik
Ajith Kumar
Roja
Ramesh Khanna
Music by S. A. Rajkumar
Cinematography M. S. Annadurai
Production
  company
Lakshmi Movie Makers
Release date(s) August 15, 1998
Running time 165 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen (Tamil: உன்னிடத்தில் என்னை கொடுத்தேன்; English: I gave myself to you) is a 1998 Tamil film directed by Vikraman, starring Karthik and Roja in the lead roles, with Ajith Kumar in a guest appearance. Ramesh Khanna, Moulee and Madhan Bob played other supporting roles. The film released in August 1998 to a positive response from critics and immense box office success.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

After having a successful 1996 with the success of the Karthik starrer Gokulathil Seethai, Lakshmi Movie Makers began their sixth production and launched a film with director Vikraman in February 1997. The film was titled Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen and was set to feature Vijay in the lead role, but production delays meant that the actor was replaced by Karthik.[1] Meena also revealed that she had to reject an offer to star in the leading female role due to date problems.[2]

Ajith Kumar later revealed that his role in the film was initially supposed to be a full length role but the character underwent changes after the film started. He continued to play his part in the film due to his admiration for co-actor, Karthik.[3] The success of Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen, later led to Karthik making a guest appearance in the Ajith-starrer Anantha Poongathe.[4]

Release[edit]

The film became a commercially successful venture for producers Lakshmi Movie Makers.[5][6] Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen went on to win five Tamil Nadu State Film Awards including that for Third Best Film as well as securing Vikraman the Best Storywriter award and Annadurai the Best Cinematographer award. Furthermore Karthik won the a Special Prize for his performances, while Roja was adjudged Best Actress in 1998. It also won three Cinema Express Awards for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress for the respective members in the film.[7] The film gave a fresh lease in their careers to the lead pair, while Vikraman's work won him further recognition.[8] Furthermore Ramesh Khanna, after his new gained recognition, was able to find a financier to make his directorial debut Thodarum. Indolink.com rated the film amongst the "best of 1998", revealing that the film ran over 200 days in theatres across Tamil Nadu.[9]

Indolinl.com gave the film an above average review mentioning that "All the actors perform their part well. The story places the characters in situations where they behave predictably or in some cases where they are not true to themselves. Other than that minor snitch, the movie is quite entertaining."[10] The film's success led to a Telugu remake titled as Raja with Venkatesh and Soundarya in lead roles, where it enjoyed a similar reception and also remade in Kannada as Kanasugara with V Ravichandran.[11]

Soundtrack[edit]

Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
Soundtrack album by S. A. Rajkumar
Released 1998
Genre Feature film soundtrack

The soundtrack of the film was composed by S. A. Rajkumar, who also played a cameo as himself in the film alongside music directors Gangai Amaren and Deva.

Track-list
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Edho Oru Paatu"   Hariharan 4:26
2. "Edho Oru Paatu"   Sujatha 4:26
3. "Kaatrukku Thudivittu"   Unnikrishnan, K. S. Chithra 4:42
4. "Malligai Poove Malligai Poove"   Unnikrishnan, Sujatha 4:26
5. "Thottabedda Kuliru"   Hariharan 4:16
6. "Vaanam Bhadiyen"   Sujatha 4:17

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