Kadhalar Dhinam

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Kadhalar Dhinam
Kadhalar Dhinam poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster (Tamil version)
Directed by Kathir
Produced by A. M. Rathnam
Starring Kunal
Sonali Bendre
Nassar
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography P. C. Sriram
Edited by B. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Production
company
Sri Suriya Movies
Release date
9 July 1999 (Tamil version)
21 April 2000 (Hindi version)
Running time
151 minutes (Tamil version)
147 minutes (Hindi version)
Country India
Language Tamil
Hindi

Kadhalar Dhinam (English: Valentine's Day or Day of Love), titled Dil Hi Dil Mein (English: Only Heart is in Heart) in Hindi is an Indian Tamil-Hindi bilingual romance film directed by Kathir. It is based on a relationship which begins through an internet chatroom and takes a turn after the protagonist has second thoughts about the relationship. The film featured newcomer Kunal Singh and Sonali Bendre in the lead roles, while Nassar, Manivannan, Goundamani and Chinni Jayanth appeared in supporting roles. The film produced by A.M. Ratnam, had music composed by A. R. Rahman and cinematography by P. C. Sriram. The Tamil film was released in 1999 and became a huge commercial success. The songs in the movie itself won great credits. The Hindi version was released in 21 April 2000.[1]

The film was also dubbed in Telugu as Premikula Roju,[2] while the director re-shot a few new scenes and cast Hindi-film actors before dubbing it in Hindi as Dil Hi Dil Mein which was released in 2000.

Plot[edit]

Raja (Kunal) is from a very poor, illiterate family, from Tamil Nadu (in the Hindi version he is from Allahabad). People from his region consider that " education is meant only for the rich". There, poor boys are made to work from age 5, either at factories or farms, so that they can support their families. But, raja's mother forced his father to let raja study up-to class 2, without any work. But he refuses to fund him, and orders him to start work as accountant for their landlord. Raja's dad is violent and an alcoholic. He spends the family's income on alcohol. Raja's family struggles to work hard everyday. Raja's mom requests him to move to Mumbai to start a new life. Raja approves his mom's request and moves to Mumbai to attend Ramachandra College.

The movie starts off at a train station on New Year Day, 1999. Raja talks with a person (Manivannan in the Tamil version, Anupam Kher in the Hindi version) who was well-wishing him. Due to insistence, Raja goes into a flash back. 3 years ago, he reaches Mumbai, where he plans to get admitted into the prestigious Ramachandra College of management, one of the most premier institutes in the nation. He gains admission for an MBA program at the Ramachandra College in Mumbai, though he was in 41st rank,in admission tests, for the 40 member class, with the help of the college chairman, Ramachandra (Nassar), but he doesn't realize this at first. He thought that he managed to get a seat due to his own abilities. This was because Ramachandra saw raja sleeping on the same enclave-side bench, where he slept without anything else than providing quality education, 40 years ago. Ramachandra was born to a poor illiterate family and his father abandoned them after his sister's birth. Out of his desire to become a student, his mother rents the baby sister for beggars, to pay fees. But the poor baby dies and this pushes Ramachandra to create the best institute in India, by hard work.

Raja meets Roja (Sonali Bendre) through the Internet. After a brief introduction, Raja and Roja started loving each other. They have yet to see each other and thus, they sent their pictures through e-mail to each other. As Roja checks her e-mail and sees Raja's photo, Raja enters the Net Cafe where Roja was. Then, they meet each other. They are initially shocked by seeing each other as Roja told him that she is in America and Raja told her that he is in London, although they were both in India and were studying in the same college.

The very next day, Raja meets Roja again in the train station where he usually comes to board the train. Again they are both surprised and were speechless when they saw each other. However, things take a turn for the bad when they are both unable to express their feelings about each other due to fated accidents. Raja wanted to see if Roja really likes him by asking her to wear a rose on her head. But, as she walks towards the train station, her rose drops off. Unaware of this, Raja believes that Roja really doesn't like him. Ramachandra meets him and tells him to be practical. He suggests that Raja should write her a love letter. As Raja doesn't know how to write one, Ramachandra helps him. Even his daughter, Roja, helps him write a letter for Raja, unaware that it was for Raja that the father was writing it.

The next day, Raja meets her in the train station and gives her his books, with the love letter inside of it. Not knowing why he gave her his books, she just skims through his books, accidentally causing his love letter to fly away. However, Roja does write a love letter to him too. As she returns his books, a long-lost friend of Raja meets him on the train station. Raja writes the address on the first page of the book and tears it off to give to his friend. Unfortunately, he wasn't aware that Roja wrote her love-letter right behind it. He feels disappointed and doesn't show interest to Roja, causing her to think that he doesn't like her. Ramachandra comes to the rescue again and asks Raja to write another love letter and give it to her the next day, which happens to be Valentine's Day. When Raja comes to express his love for Roja, he finds out that Roja is the daughter of Ramachandra, who had decided to marry his daughter with Rajesh Gupta, who is a smart and wealthy man. Roja makes a last attempt to find out if Raja likes her or not. She sends him an e-mail stating that she loves him. On the other hand, Raja doesn't want to hurt the feelings of his beloved guide and teacher, who he respects as his father. Thus, he sends her an e-mail stating that he is unable to return his feelings for Roja. Roja unwillingly accepts to the wedding, as she knew there was no hope that Raja will fall in love with her.

Raja leaves the wedding hall and plans to leave back to his hometown the night itself, which goes back to the beginning of the story. Coincidentally, Ramachandra overhears his conversation between Raja and his friends and realizes that he is in love with his daughter. He goes to the train station to stop Raja, asking him to return and propose to his daughter. Raja and Ramachandra reach the wedding hall just in time to stop the wedding from taking place. But as they make their way, Roja faints due to ingesting poison in a suicide attempt (this scene is not shown in the Hindi version). The duo save her and Raja proposes to Roja and she accepts. Later, Raja and Roja are married on Valentine's Day, and the movie ends with a happy ending.

In the Tamil version, Raja and Roja are married on Valentine's Day, and the movie ends with showing them marrying.

In the Hindi version, Raja and Roja confess their love for each other and the movie ends with them embracing.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Kathir, being an inveterate surfer of the cybercafes of Chennai and Bangalore, decided to make a film on what he felt the internet could develop and be used for - romance.[3] The film came as a successor to his 1996 blockbuster Kadhal Desam produced by K. T. Kunjumon.

Actor Shaam was amongst the auditionees for the debut lead role,[4] before Kunal Singh was selected after Kathir spotted him outside a Bangalore cybercafe.[5] The Mumbai-based youngster had been in Bangalore only to bulk up his body before joining the army, but with the offer chose to make a career in films.[6] Kathir had scouted for an actress another Non-Tamil to play the lead role and subsequently Sonali Bendre was signed on to play the lead role in the film, making her debut in Tamil films. Isha Koppikar had also been considered for the film and Kathir then recommended his friend K. S. Ravi to cast her in his En Swasa Kaatre (1999).[7] Reports that Lara Dutta, Laila Rouass and Rani Jeyraj would play cameo roles proved to be untrue.[8] Instead Rambha appeared in an item number in the film.[9]

Release[edit]

The film initially featured a different climax where Roja dies after taking tablets, but after release, the ending was altered to give a happy ending. The Times of India gave the film a negative review stating that "Kadhalar Dhinam is typically Kadhir. It's big, it's beautiful and it doesn't work."[10] Indolink rated it 1.5 stars, citing, "Kaadhalar Dhinam needed to show a flair for a good story, screenplay and powerful dialogues. What Kadhir ended up with was a sagging script ... and a star cast whose characters lacked the necessary depth for this kind of a love story."[11]

Hindi version[edit]

Director Kathir had actually reshot scenes in Hindi featuring actor Kunal and Anupam Kher to replace the Kunal-Manivannan tracks by conversing in Hindi while Johnny Lever's scenes replaced the Goundamani tracks (Even though he appeared briefly for the "Chand Aaya Hai" song) with the same Titanic hairdo. Even the tracks dubbed from the Tamil version were reshot with Hindi synchronization sans for the first line of "Roja Roja". Actor Nasser, though dubbed in Hindi, had given his Hindi synching in the song "Sawar Gayee". Though actors Kunal and Sonali Bendre had synched their dialogues in Hindi, the rest of the film was dubbed and became a failure at box office.[12]

Soundtrack[edit]

Kadhalar Dhinam
Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 1999
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre World Music
Label Five Star Audio
Producer A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Padayappa
(1999)Padayappa1999
Kadhalar Dhinam
(1999)
Taal
(1999)Taal1999

Tamil (Kadhalar Dhinam)[edit]

All lyrics written by Vaali; all music composed by A. R. Rahman.

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Daandiyaa Aattamumaada" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Unni Menon & M. G. Sreekumar 7:47
2. "Enna Vilaiyazhagae" Unni Menon 5:55
3. "Kadhalenum Thervezhudhi" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & Swarnalatha 6:43
4. "Nenaichchapadi" M. G. Sreekumar, Srinivas, Ganga Sitharasu & Kanchana 7:45
5. "Oh Mariya" Devan Ekambaram, Yugendran & Febi Mani 6:23
6. "Roja Roja" P. Unnikrishnan 5:48
7. "Roja Roja (Sad Version)" Hariharan  

Hindi (Dil Hi Dil Mein)[edit]

All lyrics written by Mehboob Kotwal; all music composed by A. R. Rahman.

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Chand Aaya Hai" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan 07:48
2. "Ae Nazneen Suno Na" Abhijeet Bhattacharya 05:58
3. "Dola Dola (Imtihan Hum Pyar Ka Deke)" Srinivas & Swarnalatha 06:44
4. "Sawar Gayee" Udit Narayan, Srinivas 07:45
5. "Oh Mariya" Remo Fernandes,Febi Mani 06:21
6. "Roja Roja" Hariharan 05:49

Telugu (Premikula Roju)[edit]

All music composed by A. R. Rahman[13].

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Oh Maria" Devan, Yugendran, Febi  
2. "Prema Ane" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Swarnalatha  
3. "Manasu Padi" Srinivas, Sreekumar  
4. "Roja Roja" Unnikrishnan  
5. "Vaalu Kannuladaana" Unni Menon  
6. "Dhaandiya" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Unni Menon, Sreekumar  

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