|Produced by||Sangili Murugan|
|Editing by||K. R. Gowrishankar
T. R. Sekar
|Studio||Murugan Cine Arts|
|Distributed by||Aascar Films|
|Running time||165 minutes|
Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (English: Respect for Love) is a 1997 Tamil romance film directed by Fazil. It starred Vijay and Shalini in the lead roles with Sivakumar, Srividya and Manivannan playing other supporting roles. The film became a blockbuster soon after release and was dubbed by critics as a "classic", with the lead pair in the film profiting from the widespread success. The film was a remake of Fazil's successful Malayalam film, Aniathipravu, which featured Kunchacko Boban and Shalini in the lead roles.
Jeevanandhan (Vijay) meets Mini (Shalini) in a book shop and their eyes meet leading to sparks of love in their hearts. Mini has a loving mother (K.P.A.C.Lalitha) and three brothers, James (Radha Ravi), Thomas (Thalaivaasal Vijay) and Stephen (newcomer Shaji Khan) and she is the apple of their eye. Mini is hesitant to reciprocate her love for Jeeva who steadily makes an inroad into her heart, the love affair incensing her family members who give him a thrashing each time he meets her.
Jeeva's parents are under the impression that their son is pursuing his MBA studies until his father receives an SOS from Jeeva, injured in one such beatings. His father Chandrasekhar (Sivakumar) is stunned by the developments and Jeeva's mother (Srividya) is also shocked. Jeeva refuses to part company with Mini when his father arrives with his henchmen to take him back. The Christian family wants Jeeva dead. The developments till this juncture might have found expression in earlier movies but these events have been treated with a mature head along with some comic element by Charlie and Dhamu, as the friends of the hero.
Realising that the lovers' existence is in danger, Kesavan (Charlie) suggests that they find refuge in his father's (Manivannan's) fishermen hamlet and the couple elope followed by the brothers. Manivannan refuses to give them away and the brothers swear bloodshed. A registrar wedding is quickly arranged and on the eve of the wedding, the lovers learn of the unlimited love, affection and care their respective family members have for them and decide not to hurt their sentiments. They agree to part company. The fisherfolk leader is shocked first at their decision, and later understands their feelings and sends them back safely, an appreciable twist in the movie. Jeeva and Mini go back to their respective homes to the excitement and relief of their families. However, their mothers realize how heartbroken the couple are without each other and reunite them.
Initially Fazil was keen on casting a debutant in the lead female role, but Shalini inisted that she should also star in the Tamil version. Fazil initially approached Abbas for lead role but due to mismanagement created by Abbas manager with callsheets, Vijay was selected for the lead role.
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 make "fine contributions", and praising the director's work. Another critic from Indolink.com recommending the film and citing that "Shalini returns in this film with a good performance" and that Illayaraaja's music is "Unbelievable". He also goes on to praise the performance of the other lead actors and Fazil's direction. 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.
Another remake was soon made in Hindi as Doli Saja Ke Rakhna with Akshaye Khanna and Jyothika in the lead roles. The success of the film prompted the director to make another film with the lead pair in 2000, Kannukkul Nilavu, however the film became a box office failure despite positive reviews. In 2010, Vijay reunited with producer Sangili Murugan to star in his 50th film as a leading actor, Sura, though yet again, the film became a financial failure.
|Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The soundtrack has been scored by Ilaiyaraaja. The lead actor, Vijay, sung the song "Oh Baby" for this movie.
|Ennai Thalaata||Hariharan, Bhavatharini||05:05|
|Anantha Kuyilin Pattu||Malaysia Vasudevan, Surendar, Arunmozhi, Chitra, 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|
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