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Alai Osai

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Alai Osai
Title card
Directed bySirumugai Ravi
Written bySirumugai Ravi
Produced byNavilkal Krishnan
Edited byV. T. Vijayan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Thirumal Cine Films
Release date
  • 14 January 1985 (1985-01-14)
Running time
130 minutes

Alai Osai (transl. The sound of waves)[1] is a 1985 Indian Tamil-language film directed by Sirumugai Ravi in his debut. The film stars Vijayakanth and Nalini. It was released on 14 January 1985.




Alai Osai marked the directorial debut of Sirumugai Ravi who earlier assisted R. Sundarrajan.[2]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3] The song "Poradada" became an anthem for Dalits, and was reused in two Tamil films directed by Mari Selvaraj: Pariyerum Perumal (2018) and Karnan (2021).[4][5]

Song Title Singers Lyricist
"Kanindhu Varum" S. Janaki Kamakodian
"Kuppama Petha" S. Janaki & Chorus Gangai Amaran
"Parkathathum" Malaysia Vasudevan, Krishnachander & Saibaba
"Neeya Azhaithathu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & S. Janaki Vairamuthu
"Poradada" Malaysia Vasudevan & Chorus Ilayabharathi
"Roja Thottam" S. Janaki Muthulingam

Release and reception[edit]

Alai Osai was given an A (restricted to adults) certificate by the censor board without any cuts,[6] and released on 14 January 1985.[7] Jayamanmadhan of Kalki wrote many of the artistes were wasted for 16 reels and felt Ilaiyaraaja had used tunes which could be considered worthless for other films. Jayamanmadhan concluded the review saying those who go to the beach and listen to the waves for three hours are wise.[8]


Following Vijayakanth's death in 2023, Film Companion included the film in their list "7 Vijayakanth Films That Left an Indian Cinema Legacy".[9]


  1. ^ Kirpal, Neha (11 January 2023). "Review: The Sound of Waves by Kalki, translated by Gowri Ramnarayan". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 6 March 2023. Retrieved 31 January 2024.
  2. ^ "ஆனந்தத் தேன்காற்று தாலாட்டுதே – 59: பட்டுக்கோட்டையார் போல் எழுதியவர்!". Dinamani (in Tamil). 1 July 2018. Archived from the original on 16 October 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Alai Osai Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 20 June 2022. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  4. ^ A, Deivendra Kumar (11 September 2020). "Pariyerum Perumal: A film that manifested the casteist reality of South Tamil Nadu". The Station. Archived from the original on 21 December 2020. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  5. ^ Kolappan, B. (17 April 2021). "A song that's now a Dalit anthem". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 20 June 2022. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Alai Osai (Celluloid)". syzygy.in. Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  7. ^ "நட்சத்திர படப் பட்டியல்". Cinema Express (in Tamil). 1 December 2002. pp. 41–43. Archived from the original on 2 February 2024. Retrieved 2 February 2024.
  8. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (3 February 1985). "அலை ஓசை". Kalki (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 7 April 2023. Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  9. ^ "7 Vijayakanth Films That Left an Indian Cinema Legacy". Film Companion. 28 December 2023. Archived from the original on 29 December 2023. Retrieved 6 January 2024.

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