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
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 Aniyathipraavu (1997). The film stars Vijay and Shalini (reprising her role from the original) while Sivakumar, Srividya, Manivannan, Dhamu, Charle, Thalaivasal Vijay and Radha Ravi play 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 became a box-office blockbuster. It was also Shalini’s first Tamil film as a leading actress, having previously acted as a child artist.


Jeevanantham "Jeeva" is a rich youth who has just completed his B.Com. Although his parents want him to marry a girl and settle down, Jeeva prefers to pursue MBA studies instead and is not interested in marriage. But his attitude changes when he meets Mini, a Christian girl who is a final year B.Com student, 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 named James, a police officer named Stephen, and a local goon named 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 Rajshekhar too disapproves of their relationship, and throws them out of the house. Kesavan and Raghavan take the couple to their slum near Pondicherry, 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 Lakshmi, Jeeva's mother – Jeeva's caring and protective mother who loves her son unconditionally.
  • Sivakumar as Rajasekhar, 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


Kadhalukku Mariyadhai is a Tamil remake of Fazil's own Malayalam film Aniyathipraavu.[1] Initially, he was keen on casting a debutant in the lead female role, but Shalini, the lead actress of the original insisted that she should also star in the remake.[2] Fazil initially approached Abbas for the lead role, but due to mismanagement created by Abbas' manager with call sheets, Vijay was selected instead.[3]


The soundtrack has been scored by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics written by Palani Bharathi.[4] Ilaiyaraaja reused the songs from this film in Preminchedi Endukamma? (1999).

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, Arunmozhi 04:54

Release and reception[edit]

The film was released on 19 December 1997. 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.[5] P. Balan from Indolink.com recommended the film and citing that "Shalini returns in this film with a good performance" and that Ilaiyaraaja's music is "unbelievable". He went on to praise the performance of the other lead actors and Fazil's direction.[6] K. Vijiyan of New Straits Times wrote "This is a movie for the whole family".[7] Ananda Vikatan rated the film 50 out of 100.[8] 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.[9]


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".[10][11] Scenes from the film was spoofed in Thamizh Padam (2010). Shiva (played by 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.[12]


  1. ^ Rajitha (15 September 1999). "Pyar to hona hi tha". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  2. ^ Umashanker, Sudha (2 May 1998). "Penchant for riveting romances". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 27 April 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  3. ^ ""காதலுக்கு மரியாதை" படத்தில் முதலில் விஜய்க்கு பதிலாக நடிக்க இருந்தது யார் தெரியுமா?... கை நழுவிய வாய்ப்பு..!". Asianet News (in Tamil). 19 December 2020. Archived from the original on 25 January 2021. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Kadalukku Mariyadai (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". Apple Music. Archived from the original on 6 June 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Kathalukku Mariathai". The Hindu. 26 December 1997. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  6. ^ Balan, P. "Kaadhalukku Mariyaadhai". Indolink. Archived from the original on 10 June 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  7. ^ Vijiyan, K. (10 January 1998). "An imaginative love story for the whole family". New Straits Times. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  8. ^ சார்லஸ், தேவன் (22 June 2021). "பீஸ்ட் : 'நாளைய தீர்ப்பு' டு 'மாஸ்டர்'... விஜய்க்கு விகடனின் மார்க்கும், விமர்சனமும் என்ன? #Beast". Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 8 October 2021. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Tamilnadu Government Cinema Awards For 1997 Announced". Dinakaran. 1 January 2008. Archived from the original on 1 January 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Top 20 Best Films of Vijay | 1. Kaadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997)". Behindwoods. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  11. ^ "TOP 20 BEST LOVE STORIES IN TAMIL | Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997)". Behindwoods. Archived from the original on 25 December 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  12. ^ "10 Years of Thamizh Padam: 30 iconic Tamil movie scenes that the hilarious film spoofed". Cinema Express. 29 January 2020. Archived from the original on 8 February 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.

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