Kadhalukku Mariyadhai

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Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
Kadhalukku Mariyadhai poster.jpg
Directed byFazil
Produced bySangili Murugan
V. Ravichandran
Written byGokula Krishnan (Dialogue)
Screenplay byFazil
Story byFazil
Based onAniyathipraavu (Malayalam)
Music byIlayaraja
Edited byK. R. Gowrishankar
T. R. Sekar
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 a remake of Fazil's own Malayalam film Aniathipravu (1997). The film stars Vijay and Shalini in the lead roles portrayed by Kunchacko Boban and Shalini herself in the original, with Sivakumar, Srividya, Manivannan, Charle, and Radha Ravi playing supporting roles. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja with cinematography by Anandakuttan.

The film released on 19 December 1997 to positive reviews and commercial success.[citation needed]


Jeevanantham (Vijay) is a very rich young man. Although his parents (Chandrasekhar (Sivakumar) and Srividya) want him to settle down, he goes to another city to do his MBA and stays with friends. During this time, he meets Mini (Shalini), and they fall in love. She reciprocates his feelings, but trouble comes in the form of her tyrannical trio of brothers - James (Radha Ravi), Thomas (Thalaivasal Vijay), and Stephen (Shaji Khan) - who are overprotective of their sister and take an irrational dislike to Jeeva. They show hostility towards Jeeva, and conflicts arise within the households. When the couple decides to elope, they go to Kesavan's (Charle) hometown, and his father (Manivannan) refuges them before the proposed wedding. Jeeva tries to convince his mother one last time and in vain. On the day of the wedding, both realize that they miss their families. They decide to return home, relinquishing their feelings, and the families are happy and take them back. Jeeva's mother wants to see Mini so that she can get a better wife for her son and goes to meet Mini. Initially reluctant to welcome them, the brothers hesitate, but their mother welcomes them. Ultimately their families accept their love, and they are reunited.



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 for the lead role.[2]


Critical reception[edit]

The film opened in 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] New Straits Times wrote "This is a movie for the whole family".[6]

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.[7]

Another remake was soon made in Hindi as Doli Saja Ke Rakhna with Akshaye Khanna and Jyothika in the lead roles. The film was directed by Priyadarshan and also repeated the same magic of the Tamil version.[8] 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
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelStar Music

The soundtrack has been scored by Ilaiyaraaja was well received by the audience.[9] 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
1997 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.[10] The song inspired a 2003 film of the same name which featured Ajith Kumar in a cameo appearance.[11]

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".[12][13] 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". Cscsarchive.org:8081. 20 June 2004. Retrieved 22 April 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/19990507170950/http://www.dinakaran.com/cinema/english/gossip/1-5-98/gosrajni.htm#4
  3. ^ "Kadhalukku Mariyathai - The Hindu". Devadoss.tripod.com. 26 December 1997. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Kaadhalukku Mariyaadhai: Movie Review". Indolink.com. Archived from the original on 10 June 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  5. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/love-in-the-air-part-1-kannada-news-90952
  6. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=x8G803Bi31IC&dat=19980110&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
  7. ^ "Tamilnadu Government Cinema Awards For 1997 Announced". Dinakaran. 1 January 2008. Archived from the original on 1 January 2008.
  8. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: The Ajit-Shalini romance". Rediff. 15 September 1999. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  9. ^ http://www.indolink.com/tamil/cinema/Music/Reviews/98/kaadmar.htm
  10. ^ Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham (DVD)
  11. ^ http://www.thiraipadam.com/cgi-bin/movie_review.pl?id=386&user_name=bbalaji&review_lang=english&lang=english
  12. ^ http://behindwoods.com/tamil-movies/slideshow/top-20-best-films-of-vijay/1-kaadhalukku-mariyadhai-1997.html
  13. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movies-slide-shows/movie-4/best-love-stories/kadhalukku-mariyadhai.html

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