Kadhalukku Mariyadhai

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Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
Kadhalukku Mariyadhai poster.jpg
Directed byFazil
Written byGokula Krishnan (Dialogue)
Screenplay byFazil
Story byFazil
Based onAniyathipraavu (Malayalam)
Produced bySangili Murugan
V. Ravichandran
Edited byK. R. Gowrishankar
T. R. Sekar
Music byIlayaraja
Murugan Cine Arts
Distributed byAascar Film Pvt. Ltd
Release date
  • 19 December 1997 (1997-12-19)
Running time
165 minutes

Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (transl. Respect for Love) is a 1997 Indian Tamil-language musical romantic drama film directed by Fazil. It is the Tamil remake of Fazil's own Malayalam film Aniyathipravu (1997). The film stars Vijay and Shalini (reprising her role from the original) with Sivakumar, Srividya, Manivannan, Charle, and Radha Ravi playing supporting roles. The film tells the story of a couple of differing backgrounds and beliefs and how they unite amidst the opposition of their families.

The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja with cinematography by Anandakuttan. The film was released on 19 December 1997. It received positive reviews and was a commercial success at the box office.


Jeevanantham "Jeeva" is a rich youth who has completed his B.Com. Although his parents want him to settle down, Jeeva prefers to pursue MBA instead and is not interested in marriage. But this attitude changes when he meets Mini, a Christian girl who is pursuing her B.Com, at a book store. He instantly falls in love with her. After a few incidents, he succeeds in winning Mini's heart.

However, Mini's elder brothers, a doctor James, a police officer Stephen, and Thomas, who are all overprotective of her, eventually find out about their sister's relationship with Jeeva, and are furious. They thrash Jeeva, as well as his friends Kesavan and Raghavan, and warn Jeeva never to come near Mini. Undaunted, Jeeva takes Mini to his house, where Jeeva's father Chandrasekhar too disapproves of their relationship, and throws them out of the house. Kesavan and Raghavan take the couple to their slum, where Kesavan explains their situation to his father, who is a fisherman. Kesavan's father agrees to let the couple stay in his house, and also defends them from Mini's brothers, when they come to the slum to kill Jeeva. Later, Kesavan's father decides to get Jeeva and Mini married, but by now Jeeva and Mini have developed second thoughts about their relationship as their families are against it. They decide to break up and return to their families, which is accepted by Kesavan, his father and Raghavan. But despite breaking up, Jeeva and Mini cannot forget each other.

Meanwhile, Mini's marriage is fixed with someone else. Jeeva's mother decides to meet Mini before she gets married, so that she can get a better wife for Jeeva. Jeeva, his parents, as well as Kesavan and Raghavan, go to Mini's house, where both families apologise to each other for what had happened. But when Jeeva and his family are about to leave, Jeeva's mother breaks down and requests Mini's family to get Mini married to Jeeva. Mini's family, including her brothers, agree to this. Jeeva and Mini are happily reunited.


  • Vijay as Jeevanantham (Jeeva) – A rich young MBA student who falls in love with Mini yet is initially misunderstood and disliked by her brothers.
  • Shalini as Mini – A young woman raised with Christian beliefs who falls in love with Jeeva. She is devoted to her family even after all the misunderstandings that went on with her and Jeeva.
  • Srividya as Jeeva's mother – Jeeva's caring and protective mother who loves her son unconditionally.
  • Sivakumar as Chandrasekhar, Jeeva's father – Jeeva's strict dad who initially wants him to settle down with a girl of his parents' choosing.
  • Charle as Kesavan – One of Jeeva's friends who attends the same MBA program as him.
  • Dhamu as Raghavan – Another one of Jeeva's friends who attends the same program as him.
  • Radha Ravi as James, Mini's brother – A doctor and one of Mini's three brothers who dislikes Jeeva.
  • Thalaivasal Vijay as Stephen, Mini's brother – A police officer and another one of Mini's brothers who roughly beats up the trio.
  • Shaji Khan as Thomas, as Mini's brother – The youngest of Mini's brothers who also beats up the trio.
  • Manivannan as Kesavan's father – The leader of a fisherman hamlet who takes in Jeeva, Mini, and their friends and tries to get them married.
  • KPAC Lalitha as Mini's mother
  • Poornima as Latha, Mini's friend
  • Kaka Radhakrishnan as Major Thangaraj, a mad and retired army officer with whom Jeeva, Kesavan and Raghavan stay during their MBA
  • Saranya Mohan (child artist)
  • Maghima Devi as Mrs. James


Initially, Fazil was keen on casting a debutant in the lead female role, but Shalini insisted that she should also star in the Tamil version.[1] Fazil initially approached Abbas for the lead role, but due to mismanagement created by Abbas' manager with call sheets, Vijay was selected instead. Filming took place in and around Chennai, Coimbatore, Pollachi, Rajakkad, Pondicherry, Palakkad, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram.


Critical reception[edit]

The film opened in 19 December 1997 to unanimously positive reviews. A reviewer from The Hindu mentioned that "Vijay brings to surface the soft nature of the love", while adding that the rest of the cast makes "fine contributions", and praising the director's work.[2] Another critic from Indolink.com recommending the film and citing that "Shalini returns in this film with a good performance" and that Ilaiyaraaja music is "Unbelievable". He also goes on to praise the performance of the other lead actors and Fazil's direction.[3] Indiaglitz wrote: "From the very title, to the climax, this movie is a stellar piece in the moviedom. Turning out to be a path breaking flick for Ilayathalapathy Vijay [..] This movie set to be an inspiration for many of the successful love stories of the present day.[4] New Straits Times wrote "This is a movie for the whole family".[5]

The film saw Vijay win the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor alongside Parthiban in 1997, while Pazhani Bharathi also picked up the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Lyricist for his work in the film.[6]

Another remake was soon made in Hindi as Doli Saja Ke Rakhna by Priyadarshan which was a failure.[7] The success of the film prompted director Fazil to make another film with the lead pair in 2000, Kannukkul Nilavu, which was moderately successful despite an equally positive reception.


Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
Soundtrack album by
Released31 October 1997
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelStar Music
Sa Re Ga Ma

The soundtrack has been scored by Ilaiyaraaja.[8] The lead actor, Vijay, sung the song "Oh Baby" for this movie. Lyrics written by Palani Bharathi.

Song title Singers Length
"Ennai Thalaata" Hariharan, Bhavatharini 05:05
"Anantha Kuyilin Pattu" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. N. Surendar, Arunmozhi, K. S. Chithra, Deepika 04:58
"Oru Pattam Poochi" K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha 05:13
"Idhu Sangeetha Thirunalo" Bhavatharini 04:35
"Anantha Kuyilin Pattu" K. S. Chithra 01:53
"O Baby" Vijay, Bhavatharini 04:56
"Ennai Thalatta Varuvala" Ilaiyaraaja 05:05
"Ayya Veedu Therandhuthan" Ilaiyaraaja, Arun Mozhi 04:54


Year Nominee / work Award Result
1998 Vijay Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor Won


In Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham (1999), Vivek sings "Ennai Thalatta Varuvala" and imitates Vijay's dance steps.[9] The song inspired a 2003 film of the same name which featured Ajith Kumar in a cameo appearance.[10]

Entertainment portal Behindwoods placed the film in first place in "Top 20 Best Films of Vijay" and also placed in "Top 20 Best Love Stories In Tamil".[11][12] Scenes from the film was spoofed in Thamizh Padam (2010). Shiva and a girl will be taking the same book "Love and Love Only" in a same way similar to the pair in the film, but shock awaits as the girl turns out to be married. In "Romeo Juliet" (2015) the director will portray all the old cult classic love movies initially, and this movie will also be included in that list.


  1. ^ "Penchant for riveting romances - The Hindu". 20 June 2004. Retrieved 22 April 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Kadhalukku Mariyathai - The Hindu". Devadoss.tripod.com. 26 December 1997. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Kaadhalukku Mariyaadhai: Movie Review". Indolink.com. Archived from the original on 10 June 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  4. ^ "- Kannada News".
  5. ^ "New Straits Times - Google News Archive Search".
  6. ^ "Tamilnadu Government Cinema Awards For 1997 Announced". Dinakaran. 1 January 2008. Archived from the original on 1 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: The Ajit-Shalini romance". Rediff. 15 September 1999. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  8. ^ http://www.indolink.com/tamil/cinema/Music/Reviews/98/kaadmar.htm
  9. ^ Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham (DVD)
  10. ^ http://www.thiraipadam.com/cgi-bin/movie_review.pl?id=386&user_name=bbalaji&review_lang=english&lang=english
  11. ^ "1. Kaadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997) | Top 20 Best Films of Vijay".
  12. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movies-slide-shows/movie-4/best-love-stories/kadhalukku-mariyadhai.html

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