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Directed by Balaji Sakthivel
Produced by S. Shankar
Written by Balaji Sakthivel
Starring Bharath
Music by Joshua Sridhar
Cinematography Vijay Milton
Edited by G. Sasikumar
Distributed by S Pictures
Release dates
  • 17 December 2004 (2004-12-17)
Country India
Language Tamil

Kadhal (English: Love) is a 2004 Tamil romantic drama film based on a true story, directed by Balaji Sakthivel, starring Bharath and Sandhya in her feature film debut. It was produced by S. Shankar and featured music composed by Joshua Sridhar. The film opened to critical acclaim[1] and was a high commercial success. Upon release, the film was dubbed into Telugu as Premisthe. It was also remade in Kannada as Cheluvina Chittara in 2007, Bengali as Chirodini Tumi Je Amar in 2008 and in Punjabi as Ramta Jogi in 2015.[2]


Murugan (Bharath) is a diligent scooter mechanic in Madurai and life goes on smoothly for the young man until a rich student Aishwarya (Sandhya) sets eyes on him. The infatuation reaches a dangerous level when she coaxes Murugan to take her from the constraint of her family, who have other plans about her future. The naïve Murugan hesitantly yields to her charm and the two run away to Chennai. Murugan's friend Stephen (Sukumar) helps them in their hour of crisis and the lovers unite in marriage. But Sandhya's family dotes on her and is not going to give up so easily. The family tracks down the couple and eventually separates them after knowing that Murugan is a low caste. Aishwarya agrees to marry another man to save Murugan's life after he is being beaten by her father. While she believes this decision is best and moves on with her life, she one day (while on the road with her husband and daughter) runs into Murugan who has suffered permanent brain damage. Knowing that she made a mistake and not knowing how to undo the sins of her father, the movie ends with Aishwarya and her husband deciding to take care of Murugan.[3]


  • Bharath as Murugan
  • Sandhya as Aishwarya Rajendran
  • Sukumar as Stephen
  • Dhandapani as Rajendran
  • S. Krishna Murthy as Aishwarya's Uncle
  • Arun Kumar as Murugan's assistant
  • Saranya as Sathya

Box office[edit]

Produced on a budget of $100,000, the film was a surprise blockbuster grossing almost $1 million at the box office. Super HIT Movie[4]


The film has eight songs composed by Joshua Sridhar. Lyrics were penned by Na. Muthukumar.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Poovum Pudikkudhu"   Krish, Pop Shalini, Tippu 3:29
2. "Ivanthan"   Sunitha Sarathy 2:09
3. "Thandattikarupaiyee"   Pop Shalini, Vidhya, Malar, Maalaiamma 5:45
4. "Thottu Thottu"   Haricharan, Harini Sudhakar 5:41
5. "Pura Koondu"   Suresh Peters, Harish Raghavendra, Tippu, Premji, Karunas 5:31
6. "Kiru Kiru"   Karthik, Pop Shalini 4:32
7. "Unakkena Iruppaen"   Haricharan 6:16
8. "Kaadhal"   Haricharan 4:03


  1. ^ http://www.hindu.com/fr/2004/12/24/stories/2004122402850300.htm
  2. ^ http://www.bharatstudent.com/ (2008-09-02). "'Chirodini Tumi Je Amaar' shines with audience - Bollywood News & Gossips". Bharatstudent.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Kaadhal Synopsis | Tamil Movie | Kaadhal Story | Movie Plot | Preview | Oneindia.in". Popcorn.oneindia.in. 2004-12-17. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Entertainment : Year 2004 — a flashback". The Hindu. 2004-12-31. Retrieved 2012-07-14.  C1 control character in |title= at position 27 (help)


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