Kadhal Kottai

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Kadhal Kottai
Kaadhal Kottai poster.jpg
Directed byAgathiyan
Produced bySivashakthi Pandian
Written byAgathiyan
StarringAjith Kumar
Heera Rajgopal
Music byDeva
CinematographyThangar Bachan
Edited byLancy-Mohan
Distributed bySivashakthi Movie Makers
Release date
  • 12 July 1996 (1996-07-12)
Running time
167 minutes

Kadhal Kottai ("The Castle of Love") is a 1996 Tamil-language Indian epistolary romance film directed by Agathiyan, in which Ajith Kumar and Devayani play lead roles, apart from Heera Rajgopal, Thalaivasal Vijay, and Karan who played important roles.[2]

The film was a major commercial success at the box office and also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, the National Film Award for Best Direction as well as the National Film Award for Best Screenplay for Agathiyan. It garnered positive critical acclaim upon release in July 1996, and was subsequently remade into several Indian regional languages.


Kamali (Devayani) lives with her sister and brother-in-law in Ooty and is searching for a job. While in Madras, her purse is stolen and she fears she has lost her university certificates. Suriya (Ajith Kumar) who works in Jaipur finds the purse and sends it back to her, and a love develops through letters and phone calls. They agree to love each other without meeting, and Suriya eventually moves to Madras for work. However Kamali's brother-in-law is pressuring her to marry a suitable man and Suriya's boss keeps trying to seduce him. Eventually, Kamali and Suriya unite through a run of coincidences.



The basic theme of the film was inspired from "Puranaanooru" literature on the relationship between King Kopperum Chozhan and poet Pisirandhaiyar, though they never met but they developed a strong relationship until their deaths. Agathiyan confirmed this in his interviews.[3] Agathiyan initially wanted to make his directorial debut with this subject since no producer were willing to produce the film, he made few films and earned his breakthrough with Vaanmathi.[3] Post its success, he chose Ajith, actor from that film to play the leading role with Sivasakthi Pandian agreeing to produce the film.[3]

Agathiyan had asked Devayani to change her glamorous on screen image for the film, and Devayani duly agreed with the film becoming the start of several other similar roles for her.[3][4] The film was initially titled as Nila Odi Vaa before it was named as Kadhal Kottai.[5]


The music was composed by Deva and lyrics written by Agathiyan and Ponniyin Selvan.[6]

Kadhal Kottai
Soundtrack album by
Released12th July , 1996
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Deva chronology
Gopala Gopala
Kadhal Kottai
Kalloori Vaasal
1."Kaalamellam Kadhal"AgathiyanP. Unnikrishnan, K. S. Chithra5:05
2."Kavalai Padathey"AgathiyanDeva4:26
3."Mottu Mottu Malaradha"AgathiyanSwarnalatha4:54
4."Nalam Nalamariya Aval" (Version 1)AgathiyanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Anuradha Sriram4:48
5."Nalam Nalamariya Aval" (Version 2)AgathiyanKrishnaraj, Anuradha Sriram4:49
6."Sivappu Lolakku"Ponniyin SelvanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:23
7."Vellarikka"AgathiyanDeva, Krishnaraj4:23
Total length:33:48
Prema Lekha
Soundtrack album by
Released31st December, 1996
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Deva chronology
Gopala Gopala
Prema Lekha
Kalloori Vaasal

All tracks written by Bhuvana Chandra.

Telugu Track-List
1."Nee Pilupe Prema Geetham"P. Unnikrishnan, K. S. Chithra5:07
2."Digulu Padakuraa Sahodaraa"Vandemataram Srinivas4:28
3."Pattu Pattu Paruvaala Pattu"Swarnalatha4:55
4."Chinnadaana Osi Chinna Daana" (Version 1)R. Krishanraj, Bhuvana Chandra4:26
5."Priyaa Ninu Chuda Lekaa" (Version 2)S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Anuradha Sriram4:49
6."Ye Rupe Lolaku Kuli Kenu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:25
Total length:29:10


Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan appreciated the film by giving 52 marks and mentioned that the basic plot was a novel idea which had been given a good shape and life by the filmmaker.[7]

The film was dubbed into Telugu as Prema Lekha. The film was remade in Kannada as Yaare Neenu Cheluve (1998).[8] Agathiyan also remade the movie in Hindi titled Sirf Tum (1999).[9] This film also remade in Bengali titled Hothat Brishti (1998) directed by Basu Chatterjee.[10] The film was released as a novel in 2010 under the same name.[11].The film met positive reviews and declared blockbuster running over 200 days becoming silver jubilee film.


National Film Awards - 1996
Filmfare Awards South - 1996
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards - 1996


  1. ^ Dhananjayan 2014, p. 356.
  2. ^ "Kadhal Kottai". cinesouth. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Dhananjayan 2014, p. 357.
  4. ^ "Five years... and still sitting pretty". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 August 2008.
  5. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/fr/2005/05/27/stories/2005052700010401.htm
  6. ^ "Kadhal Kottai - All Songs - Download or Listen Free - Saavn". 12 July 1996. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  7. ^ http://www.ajithfans.com/media/media-news/2010/02/11/blast-from-the-past-kadhal-kottai-review-by-ananda-vikatan/
  8. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/1999/jan/23rem.htm
  9. ^ https://www.rediff.com/movies/2008/oct/07slide4.htm
  10. ^ https://www.easterneye.biz/5-best-movies-of-sanjay-kapoor/
  11. ^ http://www.starajith.com/2332-thala-ajith-kumar-devayani-agathiyan-kadhal-kottai-book-novel
  12. ^ "1996 State Awards". Dinakaran. Archived from the original on 22 May 2008.

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