Idhayam (film)

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Idhayam film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKathir
Written byKathir
Produced byT. G. Thyagarajan
G. Saravanan
CinematographyAbdul Rehman
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 6 September 1991 (1991-09-06)
Running time
130 minutes

Idhayam (transl. Heart; pronunciation ) is a 1991 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by Kathir in his directorial debut. It stars Murali and Heera Rajagopal while Chinni Jayanth, Janagaraj, Manorama, and Vijayakumar play supporting roles. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was released on 6 September 1991.


Raja, an introverted medical student, falls in love with his fellow college mate Geetha but does not express his love to her. When he decides to convey his love, he misunderstands that Geetha is in love with someone else, but in fact, she was helping her sister and the latter's lover unite. Her father does not accept her sister's love, and the pair commits suicide. Towards the end of the final year of college, Raja finally conveys his love to Geetha when she is in the college mourning her sister's death. On the last day of college, Raja learns that the Geetha is about to be engaged soon to someone else. He could not cope with the news, and he suffers a mild heart stroke and is hospitalised. In the meantime, Geetha falls in love with Raja. She visits the hospital to express her love only to find that he has left to catch a train to his native village. She rushes to the railway station and searches for him. She finds her father on the way, and her father accepts her love, she finds Raja's friend Chinni instead and learns of Raja's heart condition that he cannot digest very happy or sad news. Chinni urges Geetha not to meet Raja then and promises that after Raja recuperates, he will unite them. The film ends as Geetha watches the departing train.



Idhayam is the directorial debut of Kathir.[2][3] Despite her initial apprehensions, Heera was convinced by Thyagarajan to become an actress, and she obliged, crediting the professional approach and continued determination of the film's team to sign her on.[4][5]


Tamil version

The soundtrack for this film was composed by Ilaiyaraaja in his only collaboration with director Kathir. The lyrics for the songs were penned by Vaali and Piraisoodan.[6]

# Song Lyricist Singers
1 "April Mayilae" Vaali Ilaiyaraaja, Deepan Chakravarthy, S.N.Surendar
2 "Pottu Vaitha Oru Vatta Nila" K J Yesudas
3 "Pottu Vaitha Oru Vatta Nila" Ilaiyaraaja
4 "Ohh Party Nalla" Malaysia Vasudevan
5 "Poongodithan Poothathamma" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
6 "Idhayamae Idhayamae" Piraisoodan S. P. Balasubrahmanyam,S Janaki

Telugu version

All lyrics for the Telugu dubbed version were written by Rajasri.[7][8]

# Song Singers
1 "April Maylalo" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra
2 "Oosulade" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
3 "Hrudayama" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra
4 "O Pilla Jaaji Mallira" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
5 "Poolathale Poochenamma" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

Release and reception[edit]

Idhayam was released on 6 September 1991.[9] N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express stated, "[T]he unimaginative, half-baked and immature treatment of the story often invites derision." About the cast performances, he said, "Murali, who is more accustomed to action films does not seem to fit into the role [of] the inwardly harried student ... Newface Hira, who has little to do except look serenely at everything around her, is well cast." Krishnaswamy added that Chinni Jayanth was "vibrant as the comedian".[10] The film performed well at the box office, and has since been discussed as a "cult film" in Tamil cinema.[11] The film was dubbed in Telugu under the title Hrudayam.[12]


  1. ^ Anantharam, Chitra Deepa (20 August 2018). "I taught Salman Tamil, says Prabhu Deva". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 17 July 2020. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. ^ Sundaram, Nandhu (21 October 2016). "A Silver Toast To The Golden Year Of Tamil Cinema". Outlook. Archived from the original on 24 September 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  3. ^ "30 Years of Murali and Heera's Idhayam: Four interesting facts about the film". The Times of India. 4 September 2021. Archived from the original on 6 March 2022. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  4. ^ Actress Heera Rajagopa - Old Interview. NMP Movies. 22 December 2020. Archived from the original on 6 June 2022. Retrieved 5 June 2022 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ Rajitha (16 August 1999). "Pretty piqued". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Idhayam (1991)". Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Hrudayam". Retrieved 10 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Hrudayam". Spotify. Archived from the original on 12 January 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Idayam". The Indian Express. 6 September 1991. p. 5. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  10. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (6 September 1991). "Idhayam". The Indian Express. p. 7. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  11. ^ "150 All-Time Best Cult Tamil Films by Behindwoods | Part 01 | Idhayam". Behindwoods. 12 April 2018. Archived from the original on 5 June 2022. Retrieved 5 June 2022.
  12. ^ "30 Years of Murali and Heera's Idhayam: Four interesting facts about the film". Times of India. Archived from the original on 6 March 2022. Retrieved 6 March 2022.

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