Manathil Uruthi Vendum

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Manathil Uruthi Vendum
Manathil Uruthi Vendum.jpg
Title card
Directed byK. Balachander[1]
Produced byRajam Balachander
Pushpa Kandaswamy
Written byK. Balachander
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
Ramesh Aravind
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyR. Raghunatha Reddy
Edited byGanesh – Kumar
Distributed byKavithalayaa Productions
Release date
19 October 1987
Running time
147 minutes

Manathil Uruthi Vendum (transl. The mind should be resolute) is a 1987 Indian Tamil language drama film directed by K. Balachander starring Suhasini, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Ramesh Aravind, Sridhar, Vivek, Lalitha Kumari, Chithra, Chandrakanth and Yamuna.

Rajinikanth, Vijayakanth, and Sathyaraj make guest appearances.[1] The film was dubbed in Telugu as Sister Nandini.[2]


This is the story of Nandini, a nurse, played by Suhasini. She is the sole bread winner of her huge family including six siblings and unemployed parents, and 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. S. P. Balasubrahmanyam plays the role of a dedicated Doctor, who inspires Nandini to take the ultimate decision in life to continue serving her patients.

Shashi Kumar (as Bus Passenger)

Special appearance in "Vangaala Kadale" song


While assisting with the script for the film in 1987, Balachandar offered Vivek an acting role of Suhasini's brother in the film, which he decided to pursue thus made his acting debut in the film.[3] Recalling his experience: "I remember the first day of my 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".[4]


Manathil Uruthi Vendum
Soundtrack album by
Released1987 (1987)

The music composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with the lyrics written by Vaali.

1."Manathil Uruthi Vendum"K. J. Yesudas4:19
2."Kannin Maniyae"K. S. Chitra4:49
3."Kannaa Varuvaayaa"K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chitra5:33
4."Aachchi Aachchi"Mano, K. S. Chitra3:06
5."Sangathamizh Kaviye"K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chitra4:31
6."Vangaala Kadale"K. J. Yesudas2:52


  1. ^ a b Manathil Uruthi Vendum, IMDb, retrieved 21 December 2008
  2. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Vivek, comedy artiste". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  4. ^ "The Hindu : Tamil Nadu News : I am basically serious but outwardly humorous: Vivek". Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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