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Ilamai Kaalangal
Theatrical release poster
Directed byManivannan
Written byManivannan
Produced byPollachi M. V. Ratnam
CinematographyA. Sabhapathy
Edited byR. Bhaskaran
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Motherland Pictures
Release date
  • 19 August 1983 (1983-08-19)

Ilamai Kaalangal (transl. The times of youth) is a 1983 Indian Tamil-language film written and directed by Manivannan. The film stars Mohan, Sasikala and Rohini. It was released on 19 August 1983.


Rosie and Raghu are college mates that fall in love. Rosie's father, Inspector David, is aware of their love. He approves but requests the couple to focus on their education first and foremost. Raghu's parents expect him to marry Meera. Raghu's friends and fellow college students, Kannan, Jana and two others gang rape a young woman that ran away from home with her boyfriend. The young couple commit suicide and Inspector David finds clues to tie students from the college to the crime. To distract from the investigation, the rapists arrange for a college strike using Raghu as an excuse. The strike turns violent and Kannan kills Inspector David. Rosie dumps Raghu as she thinks he started the strike. She eventually gets a job working for Kannan who pursues her romantically. Jana loses his mind with guilt and wanders the streets. Raghu is withdrawn and depressed. Raghu's father insists he marry Meera or leave the house. Raghu chooses to leave and struggles to make ends meet. Kannan, Raghu and Rosie's paths cross continually until a culminating event forces a confrontation.



Ilamai Kaalangal is the debut film for Balaji, and Sasikala and Rohini in leading roles.[1]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[2] The song "Eeramana Rojave" is set in the Carnatic raga known as Madhyamavati,[3] "Isaimedaiyil Intha Velayil" is set in Darbari Kanada,[4] "Padavanthatho Gaanam" is set in Chandrakauns,[5][6] and "Ragavane Ramana" is set to Suddha Dhanyasi.[7]

Song Singers Lyrics
"Padippile Zero, Nadippile Hero" S. P. Sailaja Gangai Amaran
"Padavanthatho Gaanam" P. Susheela, K. J. Yesudas Muthulingam
"Ragavane Ramana" P. Susheela
"Isai Medaiyil Intha Velayil" S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Gangai Amaran
"Yogam Ulla Rani" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. P. Sailaja
"Eeramana Rojave" K. J. Yesudas Vairamuthu
"Vada En Veera" Malaysia Vasudevan Muthulingam

Release and reception[edit]

Ilamai Kaalangal was released on 19 August 1983.[1] Jayamanmadhan of Kalki appreciated Ilaiyaraaja's music and Sabhapathy's cinematography.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e ராம்ஜி, வி. (19 August 2022). "என்றும் மாறா 'இளமைக் காலங்கள்!'". Kamadenu (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 19 August 2022. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Ilamai Kaalangal Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 22 March 2022. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  3. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 127.
  4. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 133.
  5. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 151.
  6. ^ Mani, Charulatha (8 November 2013). "Of love and longing". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 25 March 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  7. ^ ராமானுஜன், டாக்டர் ஆர். (10 August 2018). "ராகயாத்திரை 17: மாலையில் யாரோ மனதோடு பேச..." Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 14 July 2022. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  8. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (11 September 1983). "இளமைக் காலங்கள்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 63. Archived from the original on 29 March 2023. Retrieved 30 July 2023.


  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Chennai: Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.

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