Kizhakku Cheemayile

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Kizhakku Cheemayile
Kizhakku Cheemayile Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byBharathiraja
Produced byS. Thanu
Written byM. Rathnakumar (Dialogues)
Screenplay byBharathiraja
Story byM. Rathnakumar
Music byA. R. Rahman
CinematographyB. Kannan
Edited byK. Pazhanivel
V Creations
Distributed byV Creations
Release date
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  • 13 November 1993 (1993-11-13)
Running time
147 mins

Kizhakku Cheemayile (transl. In the east border) is a 1993 Indian Tamil language drama film directed by Bharathiraja. It has music composed by A. R. Rahman. The film involves a touching sentimental story between a brother and a sister. Radhika and Vijayakumar have been highly praised for their roles in the film. The film was one among Deepavali releases of 1993. Later it was remade in Telugu in 1994 as Palnati Pourusham. The film opened to positive reviews and turned out to be a Blockbuster.


Maayaandi Thevan (Vijayakumar) is very fond of his younger sister Virumaayi (Radhika). She too pours love and affection onto Maayaandi. Virumaayi is married to Sivanaandi (Napoleon )from the neighbouring village. Sivanaandi's brother-in-law, Periya Karuppu (Suryakanth) does not like Maayaandi and tries to create rift between them. During a village festival, he creates a problem between Maayaandi and Sivanaandi causing the family to split. Periya Karuppu's wife realizes this and commits suicide. Thinking that Maayaandi is the reason for this, Sivanaandi breaks all ties with him and forbids Virumaayi from seeing her brother. Periya Karuppu also dies soon after that.

Years rolls by and Maayaandi's son Seenu (Vignesh) comes back to the village after his studies in the city. He sees his cousin, Virumaayi's daughter Pechchi (R.V Aswini) and they both rekindle their love. Sivanaandi finds out and tries to separate the couple. He arranges Pechichi's wedding with his nephew, Chinna Karuppu (Pandiyan), who is a spoil brat and womanizer. Pechichi with the help of her mother escapes home and meets Seenu.

A fight ensues between the two villages, with Maayaandi and Sivanaandi accusing each other for what Pechichi and Seenu did. Chinna Karuppu fights with Seenu and in the end Seenu wins. Chinna Karuppu says that he is not an enemy to their love but hates his uncle Sivanaandi as he did not help his father Periya Karuppu, leading to his death. At the fighting ground, Virumaayi asks Maayaandi to spare her husband's life. But Sivanaandi tries to kill Maayaandi. Virumaayi comes in between and gets wounded in the neck by Sivanaandi much to everyone's shock. She removes the nuptial string from her neck declaring that she does not have anymore relationship with Sivanaandi. She dies in her brother, Maayaandi's arms. Maayaandi carries Virumaayi while a devastated Sivanaandi looks from afar.



Screenwriter M. Rathna Kumar first approached S. Thanu to produce this film. Thanu liked the script. worked on it with him and then asked him to narrate it to Bharathirajaa, saying he is the appropriate person to direct the film. The project became a reality after he came on board. The film was made on first copy basis by Bharathirajaa for the producer at a cost of 80 lakhs. Originally, Rajkiran was considered for the role of Maayaandi. However, when his salary expectation was too high, Vijayakumar was finally selected for the role. Vadivelu was paid a small amount for the film. However, after acting in the film in the character of Occhu, he stated that this film's success would establish his career, which it did. Producer S. Thanu advertised the film using only Bharathirajaa, A. R. Rahman and Vairamuthu in the wall posters on the launch date as they were more popular than the artistes. For the first time, computerised digital designing method was used to print posters and publicity materials.[1] Poet Arivumathi worked as an assistant with this film.[2]


Kizhakku Cheemayile
Film score by
RecordedPanchathan Record Inn
GenreFilm soundtrack
Aditya Music
Sa Re Ga Ma
A. R. Rahman chronology
Kizhakku Cheemayile

The soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics written by Vairamuthu. Kizhakku Cheemayile was the first film that introduced the combo of Bharathiraja & A.R. Rahman. All songs were based on Tamil folk, unlike the previous works by Rahman which were based in classical music from Western culture. The audio of Kizhakku Cheemayile and Uzhavan, both by Rahman was released on the same day. Rahman composed soundtracks for this movie featuring 6 songs. "Kathaazha Kaattu Vazhi" won Jayachandran, a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Playback.[3][4]

Track # Song Artist(s) Length
1 "Maanooththu Manthaiyile" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sasirekha 5:15
2 "Aathangara Marame" Mano, Sujatha Mohan 4:54
3 "Edhukku Pondatti" Shahul Hameed, T. K. Kala, Sunandha 4:13
4 "Then Kizhakku Cheemayile I" K. S. Chithra, Malaysia Vasudevan 5:41
5 "Kathaazha Kaattu Vazhi" S. Janaki, P. Jayachandran 4:33
6 "Then Kizhakku Cheemayile II" K. S. Chithra, Malaysia Vasudevan 1:41


The Indian Express wrote "With some sterling performances [..] and some emotion-charged scenes that move the viewer, Kizhakku Cheemayile may not be the classic Bharathiraja film, but it is a good film that makes you forget its flaws."[5]


  1. ^ Dhananjayan, G. (2011). "Kizhakku Cheemayile". The Best of Tamil Cinema: 1977 to 2010. Galatta Media. pp. 155–157.
  2. ^ Saravanan, T. (9 October 2014). "Man of his word". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Jayachandran, The Magic Is Back!". 21 October 2003. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
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