Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam

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Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam
Directed by Balu Mahendra
Produced by Sai Suresh
Written by Balu Mahendra
Starring Dhanush
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Balu Mahendra
Edited by Balu Mahendra
Release date
  • 2 November 2005 (2005-11-02)
Country India
Language Tamil

Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam (English: That was a period of dream) is a 2005 Tamil drama film written and directed by Balu Mahendra. The film featured Dhanush and Priyamani in lead roles, while Karunas and Delhi Ganesh played supporting roles. The music for the film was scored by Ilaiyaraaja, while Sai Suresh produced the venture. The film was loosely based on the director's 1982 Telugu film Nireekshana as well Yathra (1985), which featured Mammootty in the lead role. The film was released on 2 November 2005, coinciding with Diwali, and received a below average response commercially.


Srinivasan (Dhanush) escapes from jail and hitches a ride on a truck to meet his love Thulasi (Priya Mani). He reveals his flashback to the lorry driver, telling him of the disputes between his ambitious father and himself. When the parents leave home for a week, Srinivasan is left in the maid's care.

Soon, he meets the maid's daughter, Thulasi, his childhood playmate and they fall in love. As expected, his father objects to his son falling in love with the servant's daughter. One day, Srinivasan and his friends land up in prison for crashing their car on a police vehicle. While at the police station, Srinivasan locks horns with an inmate in jail and when he pushes him in a fit of rage, he sustains a serious head injury subsequently killing him. Eventually Srinivasan gets convicted for 10-year-rigorous imprisonment. His mother dies; Thulasi's family goes bankrupt and leaves to their native village in Ooty. A dejected Srinivasan escapes from prison to meet Thulasi. Whether the two join together forms the rest of the story.



Following the success of Kadhal Kondein (2003), Balu Mahendra signed on Dhanush to appear in his next film in July 2003.[1] Initially the director revealed that the film titled Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam would be an extension to his 1979 film Azhiyadha Kolangal stating that Dhanush would play a teenager infatuated by a woman who is fifteen years older than him to be played by Ramya Krishnan.[2] However he opted against doing that story and decided to build his film around two of his Malayalam films from the 1980s - Nireekshana and Yathra, and the title of the film was subsequently changed to Unakkae Uyiranaen.[3] It was later changed back to the original title before release.

The shoot for the film began in December 2003 with scenes featuring the lead pair shot in Chennai.[4] The film was shot in Hogenakkal Falls in November 2004, with Dhanush getting married to Aishwarya Rajinikanth in between schedules.[5] He consequently also delayed his honeymoon, to commit to a 15-day schedule for the film in December 2004.[6] During the making of the film, Dhanush also struck up a friendship with assistant director Vetrimaaran, and the pair have since come together for three films. The film was delayed through late 2004 after the director fell ill.[7]

In August 2005, the film faced criticism for a promotional hoarding put up in Chennai which featured photographs of Priyamani and Dhanush in a compromising position. It became the second such film during the period, where they were forced to remove the hoardings due to public protest after Silambarasan's Vallavan.[8] Further trouble occurred in October 2005, Balu Mahendra approached the police seeking action to secure a sum of Rs 3.75 lakh, an outstanding amount of his salary for directing the movie, from the producer Sai Suresh and matters were resolved quickly.[9][10] Although early reports suggested that Dhanush would be the distributor, producer Vishwas Sundar, bought the distribution rights and subsequently released the film in the Diwali season of 2005.[11][12]

After the film's release, members of the regional censor board complained that the promos of Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam were being shown on television without mentioning that the film had an "adult" certificate. At the time of censoring, Balu Mahendra was not willing to cut the deep lip-to-lip kissing scenes between the lead pair of Dhanush and Priya Mani and opted for an "A" certificate, which he subsequently refused to note down in the promotions.[13]


The film received mixed reviews, with Shobha Warrier of stating that the film "disappointed", criticizing the film in comparison to Mahendra's earlier work, Yathra.[14][15] The Hindu's critic noted that "excelling in technical aspects, the film falls short in the area of storyline."[16] In comparison, noted that "Balu Mahendra's direction is from the heart. Yet, there is a cerebral touch. He takes up subjects that are every-day, but infuses in them a special meaning. He gives his own interpretation"[17] The critic also proceeded to praise the performances of the lead pair.

Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam opened alongside other big films like Vijay-starrer Sivakasi and the Vikram-starrer Majaa and thus took a lukewarm opening at the box office. The film was described by trade pundits as a "complete wash-out".[18]


Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam
Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 4 December 2003 (2003-12-04)
Recorded 2005
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Hit Music
Producer Ilaiyaraaja

The soundtrack of the film, composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

Track Song Singer(s) Notes
1 'Antha Naal' Vijay Yesudas, Shreya Ghoshal
2 'Ennada Ninaichae' Ranjith, Vijay Yesudas
3 'Kaatu Vazhi' Ilaiyaraaja
4 'Killi Thattu' Bhavatharini, Jothi
5 'Unnale Thookam' Ranjith, Malathi