April Maadhathil

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April Maadhathil
April Maadhathil.jpg
Directed by S. S. Stanley
Produced by V. Gnanavelu
V. Jayaprakash
Written by S. S. Stanley
Starring Srikanth
Sneha
Gayatri Jayaraman
Venkat Prabhu
Karunas
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography M. V. Panneerselvam
Edited by G. R. Anil Malnad
Production
company
G. J. Cinema
Release date
29 November 2002
Running time
153 min
Country India
Language Tamil

April Maadhathil (Tamil: ஏப்ரல் மாதத்தில் ; English: In the month of April) is a 2002 Indian Tamil romantic drama film written and directed by newcomer S. S. Stanley. Starring Srikanth and Sneha in the lead roles with Gayatri Jayaraman, Venkat Prabhu, Devan and Karunas among others in the supporting cast. The film, which had music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography handled by M. V. Panneerselvam, released on 29 November 2002.[1] The film was later dubbed into Hindi as Mr. Rangeela and in Telugu as Vaallidharu and released in 2004.

Plot[edit]

A story of friendship among 8 girls and boys. Kathir is an intelligent guy who grew up in a poor family. His younger brother stopped his education for Kathir. In college, Kathir meets a girl named Shwetha and over the time they become friends. Many guys are interested in her but she finds something different about Kathir. The friends then decides to visit each others home for their vacation. At Shwetha home, they learn that Shwetha's father is thinking of getting her married the next year. At graduation swap names on a tree since it is their final year. Though Kathir and Shwetha love each other, they are unable to express their love for each other. The rest of the story is about how they become together.

Cast and crew[edit]

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

  • Story, Screenplay, Dialogues, Direction: S. S. Stanley
  • Production: V. Gnanaavelu & V. Jayaprakaash
  • Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • Cinematography: M. V. Panneerselvam
  • Editing: G. R. Anil Malnad
  • Art direction: Naghu R. K.
  • Stunts: Peter Hein
  • Choreography: Kalyan & Dinesh
  • Lyrics: Pazhani Bharathi, Pa. Vijay, Thamarai, Na. Muthukumar & Snehan
  • Stills: V. Vijay
  • Executive producer: T. V. Sivasankaran

Production[edit]

S. S. Stanley who had apprenticed with directors Mahendran and Sasi made his directorial debut with this film. It was Srikanth's second film after Rojakoottam.

The film was mostly shot at the YMCA College of Physical Education in Chennai, since a large part of the film plays in a campus, filming was held at locations in Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty and Visakhapatnam.[2][3]

Release[edit]

After the success, S. S. Stanley and Srikanth again collaborated with films like Kizhakku Kadalkarai Salai and Mercury Pookal which failed to replicate the success of their first collaboration.

Critical reception[edit]

Hindu wrote: "Stanley who heads [sic] direction, deserves special mention for a very decent handling of romance."[4]

Soundtrack[edit]

April Maadhathil
Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Released
6 October 2002 (India)
Recorded 2002
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 27:40
Label The Best Audio
Producer Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Kadhal Samrajyam
(2002)Kadhal Samrajyam2002
April Madhathil
(2002)
Bala
(2002)Bala2002

The soundtrack, which released on 6 October 2002, was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, who himself had sung one of the songs. Opera singer Shekhina Shawn Jazeel sang one song under the name Prasanna.[5] The soundtrack features 6 songs with lyrics written by five different lyricists, Pazhani Bharathi, Pa. Vijay, Thamarai, Na. Muthukumar and Snehan. The song "Bailomo Bailomo" originally composed for this film was used in Shaam starrer Bala.[6]

Track # Song Singer(s) Duration Lyricist Notes
1 "Yeh Nenje" Harish Raghavendra, Sadhana Sargam 5:11 Thamarai
2 "Azhagaana Aangal" Prasanna 4:27 Pazhani Bharathi
3 "Kanavugal Pookkum" S. P. Balasubramaniam, Pop Shalini 4:32 Na. Muthukumar
4 "Manasae Manasae" Karthik 4:58 Pa. Vijay
5 "Poi Solla Manasukku" Yuvan Shankar Raja 5:05 Snehan
6 "Sight Adippom" Silambarasan, Karthik 4:27 Pa. Vijay

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Srikanth". Sify. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Romance on campus". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 6 September 2002. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20020911201120/http://www.chennaionline.com/location/april.asp
  4. ^ "April Madhathil". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 6 December 2002. 
  5. ^ Kumar, Divya (5 April 2012). "Vocal Score". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 
  6. ^ "Success guaranteed". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 19 November 2005. 

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