Azhagi (2002 film)

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Azhagi 2002 poster.jpg
Directed byThangar Bachchan
Written byThangar Bachchan
Produced byUdhaya Geetha
Nandita Das
CinematographyThangar Bachchan
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Uthaya Geetha Productions
Distributed byUthaya Geetha Productions
Release date
14 January 2002
Running time
155 minutes

Azhagi (About this soundpronunciation ) (transl.Beautiful lady) is a 2002 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by Thangar Bachchan based on his short story titled "Kalvettugal".[1] The film is critically acclaimed and stars Parthiban, Nandita Das and Devayani. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was remade in Telugu as Letha Manasulu (2004).[2]


Shanmugam (Parthiban), a veterinary doctor, lives in the city with his wife Valarmati (Devayani) and their two children. In school, Shanmugam was in love with his classmate Dhanalakshmi (Nandita Das), but fate had forced them to go their separate ways, with Dhanam being forced to wed her brother-in-law (Sayaji Shinde). One day, Shanmugam spots Dhanam, who, having lost her husband, now lives a life of poverty on the platforms with her son Balu. After an unsuccessful attempt to find her a job in a friend's house, he hires her as their servant-maid. However, memories of the past start to create a tension between Shanmugam and Dhanam, despite their attempts to maintain a distance.

One day, Valarmati finds out from Shanmugam's old classmates how they both were in love when they were young, and she starts fearing that Shanmugam will leave her and her children for Dhanam. Valarmati becomes so distraught that she even humiliates Dhanam at a party organized by one of their friends. When they return home, Valarmati confronts Shanmugam, and an argument ensues. Dhanam overhears their argument and silently goes to bed. The next morning, Dhanam and Balu are nowhere to be found. When Shanmugam searches the house, he finds a letter written by Dhanam saying that she wants Valarmati and Shanmugam to be happy and that she doesn't want to come between them. Soon, Valarmati realizes the truth and wants to bring Dhanam back home and ask her for her forgiveness.

Shanmugam searches high and low for them and at last finds Balu in an orphanage. The matron informs them that his mother had left instructions that her son should remain at the orphanage till her return. However, when the matron questions Balu, he replies that he wants to go with Shanmugam and stay in their house and to tell his mother that he is there when she returns. The matron agrees and lets him go. At the beginning of the movie, it is mentioned that Balu has been adopted by Shanmugam but still continues to call him "Sir" and never "Father or "Dad". As Shanmugam leaves for home from the orphanage, he mentions that he is still searching for Dhanam's whereabouts to that day.



Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelRoja/Mass Audios
Ilaiyaraaja chronology

The soundtrack features songs composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics by Ilaiyaraaja, Palani Bharathi and Karunanithi.[3][4]

Song Lyrics Singer(s)
"Paattu Solli Paada Solli" Ilaiyaraaja Sadhana Sargam
"Damakku Damakku Dum" Palani Bharathi Bhavatharini, Chorus
"Un Kuthama En Kuthama" Ilaiyaraaja Ilaiyaraaja
"Oru Sundari Vandhalam" Karunanithi P. Unni Krishnan, Sadhana Sargam, Malgudi Subha
"Oliyile Therivadhu Devadhaya" Ilaiyaraaja Karthik, Bhavatharini
"Kuruvi Kodanja" Palani Bharathi Pushpavanam Kuppusamy, Swarnalatha


National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer received by Sadhana Sargam for the song "Pattu Solli"[5]

Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil[6][7]


Critical reception[edit] wrote "Azhagi is a much talked about film, as it promises to usher in good cinema. The debutant director of the film is Thankar Bachchan,who has made a name for himself as one of the best cinematographers in Tamil.[8]

G Dhananjayan in his book "Pride of Tamil Cinema 1931-2013" says " A trendsetting film shows how childhood love remains in the hearts of people even after they have grown up and settled in their adult lives. It made a deep impact among the audience and aspiring film makers.[4]


  1. ^ Dhananjayan, G. (3 November 2014). PRIDE OF TAMIL CINEMA: 1931 TO 2013: Tamil Films that have earned National and International Recognition. Blue Ocean Publishers. p. 411.
  2. ^ Mohan Rao Ogirala (21 July 2004). "And quiet flows the don's sidekick…". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Azhagi Soundtrack at Raaga". Raaga. 14 October 2008. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008.
  4. ^ a b Dhananjayan, G. (3 November 2014). PRIDE OF TAMIL CINEMA: 1931 TO 2013: Tamil Films that have earned National and International Recognition. Blue Ocean Publishers. p. 410.
  5. ^ "Directorate of Film Festival". 24 December 2013. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  6. ^ . 21 July 2011 Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Azhagi Movie: Showtimes, Review, Trailer, Posters, News & Videos | eTimes, retrieved 31 March 2020
  8. ^ "Azhagi". Sify. Retrieved 31 March 2020.

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