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Kizhakku Vaasal
Kizhakku Vaasal.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byR. V. Udayakumar
Screenplay byR. V. Udayakumar
M. S. Madhu (dialogues)
Story byM. S. Madhu
Produced byT. G. Thyagarajan
G. Saravanan
StarringKarthik
Revathi
Khushbu
CinematographyAbdul Rehman
Edited byAnil Malnad
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Production
company
Release date
  • 12 July 1990 (1990-07-12)
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Kizhakku Vaasal (transl. East Gate) is a 1990 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed and co-written by R. V. Udayakumar. The film stars Karthik, Revathi and Khushbu. It was released on 12 July 1990 and ran for over 175 days in theatres. In 1992, the film was remade in Hindi as Mere Sajana Saath Nibhana and in Kannada as Sindhoora Thilaka. In 1995, it was remade in Telugu as Chilakapachcha Kaapuram.

Plot[edit]

In the village named Kizhakku Vaasal, Thaayamma leads a cloistered life and does not visit anyone. She is worshipped as a holy lady upon whom the gods comes down to give them orders periodically. Thaayamma was an orphan and is found by Janagaraj, who is a street performer. They go from house to house begging for food. One day a lonely woman, Sulakshana, (a secret mistress of the village high man – Vijayakumar) accepts Thaayamma as her own daughter and Janagaraj as her brother, and makes them stay in her own house. After 10 years, Thaayamma attains age and some days later finds Sulakshana's occupation. She and Janagaraj attempt to leave her house, but Sulakshana suddenly falls ill and this stops their exit . After Sulakshana's death, Vijaykakumar, the head of the village, tries to take advantage of Thaayamma. But Thaayamma keeps dodging him and keeps herself chaste.

Ponnurangam is a folk singer who performs with his mini troop in nearby village occasionally for festivals. He works part-time as a labourer for Vijayakumar. He has a on Selvi, the daughter of Valliyuran (Shanmuga Sundaram), the rich headman of a neighbouring village and the brother-in-law of Vijayakumar . Selvi looks down upon Ponnurangam and tries to pull a prank on him by asking his mother to meet her father with a wedding proposal. But Ponnurangam's mother (Manorama) is beaten by Valliyuran's men while she visits his house with the marriage proposal and Manorama later dies in her sleep due to the trauma. Selvi repents her actions and falls for Ponnurangam, but he becomes dejected with life. Meanwhile, Vijayakumar arranges his spoilt son's (Thiyagu) marriage with Selvi to end their feud of 20 years and also to grab all of their properties through his son. Ponnurangam is asked to perform at Valliyuran's house the night before the wedding. Selvi apologizes to Ponnurangam for his mother's death and gives him money which he coldly rejects. Thiyagu sees them together. There is a fight between the families and the wedding is called off. Next day, Thiyagu and his men attack Ponnurangam and stab him in the back with a poisoned knife. Thaayamma takes care of Ponnurangam and love blossoms between them. Ponnurangam plans to marry Thaayamma. Vijayakumar tries to thwart them by abducting Thaayamma. He kills Ponnurangam's friend Maakan (Chinni Jayanth), but he is then attacked by the angry villagers and beaten up. The last scene shows Ponnurangam and Thaayamma leaving the village and walking away together.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The production of Kizhakku Vaasal was plagued with various problems. The set which was built for the film was burnt; storywriter M. S. Madhu suffered from fits after witnessing the fire. Actress Sulakshana was admitted to hospital due to nose bleeding. Director R. V. Udayakumar was hospitalised due to a car accident and he went into coma for one month. After recovery, he completed the climax of the film.[1]

Soundtrack[edit]

Kizhakku Vaasal
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length22:54
LanguageTamil

Ilaiyaraaja composed the soundtrack.[2] All the songs are set in Carnatic ragas; "Ada Veettukku" and "Pachamala Poovu" are in Sankarabharanam,[3][4] "Paadi Parantha" and "Thalukki Thalukki" are in Keeravani,[5] and "Vanthathe Oh Kungumam" is in Mohanam.[6][7] "Ada Veettukku" was inspired by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 25th symphony, 1st movement.[8]

Tamil version
Song Singers Lyrics
"Ada Veettukku" Ilaiyaraaja Vaali
"Pachamala Poovu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam R. V. Udayakumar
"Thalukki Thalukki" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Paadi Parantha" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Vanthathe Oh Kungumam" K. S. Chithra
Telugu version (Thoorupu Sindhooram)

All songs were written by Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry.[9]

Song Singers
"Tala Vakita" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Vacchene" K. S. Chithra
"Paccha Pacchani" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Poddu Vali Poye" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Thalukku" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

Release and reception[edit]

Kizhakku Vaasal was released on 12 July 1990.[10] N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express wrote, "The film moves leisurely at a pastoral face but without boring you. Though not without a cinematic craft, it manages to retain a flavour of reality and of some human interest".[11] Despite being released on the same day as Anjali, the film became a commercial success,[12] running for over 175 days in theatres.[13]

Awards[edit]

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards[14]
  • Best Film – G. Thyagarajan, R. V. Udayakumar (director)
  • Best Actor – Karthik
  • Best Actress – Revathi
  • Best Cinematographer – Abdul Rahman
Cinema Express Awards[15]
  • Best Actor – Karthik

Remakes[edit]

Despite being remade in Telugu, Kizhakku Vaasal was also dubbed and released in Telugu as Thoorpa Sindhooram.

Year Film Language Ref.
1992 Mere Sajana Saath Nibhana Hindi [16]
1992 Sindhoora Thilaka Kannada
1995 Chilakapachcha Kaapuram Telugu

References[edit]

  1. ^ "கிழக்கு வாசல் படப்பிடிப்பின்போது விபத்தில் சிக்கினார் உதயகுமார்" [Udayakumar was involved in an accident while filming Kizhakku Vaasal]. Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 26 February 2014. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Kizhakku Vaasal". IsaiShop. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  3. ^ Sundararaman 2007, pp. 121, 151.
  4. ^ Mani, Charulatha (22 November 2013). "Catchy and classical". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 25 March 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  5. ^ Sundararaman 2007, pp. 151, 160.
  6. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 165.
  7. ^ Mani, Charulatha (16 September 2011). "A Raga's Journey — Magical Mohanam". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 August 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  8. ^ Vivek, T. R. (31 March 2018). "Why many Ilaiyaraaja songs sound as if they emerged from a jam session with Salil Chowdhury". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 19 September 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Thoorupu Sindhuram". Spotify. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Kizhakku Vaasal". The Indian Express. 12 July 1990. p. 5.
  11. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (20 July 1990). "Kizhakku Vaasal". The Indian Express. p. 7.
  12. ^ "'கிழக்கு வாசல்', 'அஞ்சலி' 30 ஆண்டுகள்: ஒரே நாளில் வெளியாகி வெளுத்து வாங்கிய படங்கள்!". Hindu Tamil Thisai. 12 July 2020. Archived from the original on 13 July 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  13. ^ Rajendran, Gopinath (5 May 2018). "Where is today's great comedian?". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 8 July 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Chinnathambi bags six awards". The Indian Express. 30 October 1992. p. 3.
  15. ^ "Cinema Express Awards presented". The Indian Express. 5 May 1991. p. 3.
  16. ^ Arunachalam, Param (2020). BollySwar: 1981–1990. Mavrix Infotech. p. 240. ISBN 978-81-938482-2-7.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Chennai: Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.

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