Manathil Urudhi Vendum

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Manathil Urudhi Vendum
Manathil Urudhi Vendum.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. Balachander
Written byK. Balachander
Produced byRajam Balachander
Pushpa Kandaswamy
CinematographyR. Raghunatha Reddy
Edited byGanesh–Kumar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 21 October 1987 (1987-10-21)
Running time
147 minutes

Manathil Urudhi Vendum (transl. The mind should be resolute) is a 1987 Indian Tamil-language drama film written and directed by K. Balachander. The film stars Suhasini, with Sridhar and Chandrakanth in supporting roles. It was released on 21 October 1987.


Nandini, a nurse, is the sole breadwinner of her huge family including seven siblings and unemployed parents. She faces many hurdles in her life including a divorce, loss of a brother, an eloped sister, a failed second romance and an organ donation. She handles them with dignity and wins the hearts of one and all including her suspicious ex-husband when she donates him her kidney.


Rajinikanth, Vijayakanth and Sathyaraj make appearances in the song "Vangaala Kadale".[2]


Manathil Urudhi Vendum is K. Balachander's third film where "the daughter has to make sacrifices and take care of her family", following Arangetram (1973) and Aval Oru Thodar Kathai (1974).[3] While assisting with the script for the film in 1987, Balachander offered Vivek an acting role in the film, which he decided to pursue thus made his acting debut in the film.[4] Vivek recalling his experience on his first day of shooting: "I was asked to come running down the stairs. I did the shot to his satisfaction. But in doing so I hurt my toes. But I did not want to show it to him. But after a few minutes the blood was oozing from the wound. KB sir saw it and asked me immediately to attend to it".[5] This was the acting debut of S. P. Balasubrahmanyam.[6] Vasanth worked as an assistant director.[7]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with the lyrics written by Vaali.[8][9] For the dubbed Telugu version Sister Nandini, all lyrics were written by Rajashri.[10]

1."Manathil Uruthi Vendum"K. J. Yesudas4:19
2."Kannin Maniyae"K. S. Chithra4:49
3."Kannaa Varuvaayaa"K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra5:33
4."Aachchi Aachchi"Mano, K. S. Chithra3:06
5."Sangathamizh Kaviye"K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra4:31
6."Vangaala Kadale"K. J. Yesudas2:52
1."Vayyari Chilaka"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam2:52
2."Inthe Inthe"P. Susheela4:49
3."Krishna Raavela"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela & Chorus5:33
4."Addari Needi"S. P. Sailaja, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam3:06
5."Aathma Balam Penchuko"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:19
6."Chandaname Neeve"K. S. Chithra, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:31

Release and reception[edit]

Manathil Urudhi Vendum was released on 21 October 1987,[11] and Sister Nandini on 31 March 1988.[10] The Indian Express wrote, "Manadhil Urudhi Vendum comes over like a badly written stage play. It is a hodgepodge of elements from several earlier films made by K. Balachander".[12] Jayamanmadhan of Kalki, however, reviewed the film more positively, comparing it favourably to Balachander's earlier films.[13]


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  2. ^ "தீபாவளி ரிலீஸ்!" [Diwali release!]. Kungumam (in Tamil). 25 October 2019. Archived from the original on 12 July 2021. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  3. ^ Suganth, M. (26 November 2013). "Meiyyazhagi". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Vivek, comedy artiste". The New Indian Express. 28 November 2011. Archived from the original on 23 April 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  5. ^ Ashok Kumar, S.R. (15 September 2005). "I am basically serious but outwardly humorous: Vivek". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 7 November 2020. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  6. ^ Vargese, Rebecca (25 September 2020). "SP Balasubramanyam: A look at the legend's life through his movies". Indulge. Archived from the original on 26 January 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  7. ^ Purushothaman, Kirubhakar (25 September 2020). "SP Balasubrahmanyam: The actor behind the singer". Cinema Express. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Manathil Uruthi Vendum Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 20 October 2021. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  9. ^ "Manathil Uruthi Vendum". JioSaavn. Archived from the original on 20 October 2021. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  10. ^ a b "Sister Nandini". Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  11. ^ "மனதில் உருதி வேண்டும்". The Indian Express. 21 October 1987. p. 5.
  12. ^ "Patch-up". The Indian Express. 23 October 1987. p. 5.
  13. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (8 November 1987). "மனதில் உருதி வேண்டும்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 37. Archived from the original on 20 October 2021. Retrieved 20 October 2021.

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