Manamagale Vaa

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Manamagale Vaa
Manamagale Vaa.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPanchu Arunachalam
Written byPanchu Arunachalam
Produced byB. H. Rajannah
Edited byN. Chandran
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Rajaa Enterprises
Release date
  • 25 November 1988 (1988-11-25)

Manamagale Vaa (transl. Come, my bride) is a 1988 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy film written and directed by Panchu Arunachalam, starring Prabhu. It was remade in Telugu as Idem Pellam Baboi (1990) and in Kannada as Halli Rambhe Belli Bombe (1991).


Balu (Prabhu) is an eligible bachelor, looking for a wife. With a picture perfect woman in mind, he insults and rejects many women. Meanwhile, Chitra (Radhika) is looking for a way to reconcile her sister Geetha's marriage with her husband. Geetha has been sent to her parents' home for no fault of hers. Chitra figures that the most appropriate way to settle scores with her sister's in-laws is by marrying Balu, as Geetha is married to Balu's brother. She disguises herself as a village belle, Rajathi and enters Balu's life. After marriage, Balu is traumatised by her ignorance, but Rajathi (Chitra) falls in love with him. Meanwhile, Rajathi's suitor from the village hatches a plan to bring her back from her husband and marry her forcibly. Balu, on the other hand, decides to divorce Rajathi. Chitra decides to unveil her mask now, but will her plan succeed or boomerang?



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, while the lyrics for the songs were written by Panchu Arunachalam, except the song "Tell Me", which was written by Vaali.[2]

No. Song Singers Lyrics
1 "Aavaram Poovai" P. Susheela Panchu Arunachalam
2 "Kannimanam" S. Janaki
3 "Ponmaanai Polaadum" Malaysia Vasudevan, K. S. Chithra
4 "Tell Me" Arunmozhi Vaali
5 "Thanniya Thorandhu" K. S. Chithra Panchu Arunachalam

Critical reception[edit]

The Indian Express appreciated the film stating that it reversed the formula of Taming of the shrew.[3] Kalki appreciated the film for its comedy.[4]


  1. ^ "Manamagale Vaa (1988)".
  2. ^ "Manamagale Vaa Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  3. ^ "The Indian Express - Google News Archive Search".
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