Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu

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Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu
Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu.jpg
Directed byR. Sundarrajan
Produced byM. Saravanan
M. Balasubramaniam
Written byR. Sundarrajan
M. N. Nambiar
Gundu Kalyanam
Music byM. S. Viswanathan
CinematographyRaja Rajan
Edited byR. Bhaskaran
Distributed byAVM Productions
Release date
  • 12 September 1986 (1986-09-12)

Mella Thirandhadhu Kadhavu (transl. The door opened gently) is a 1986 Tamil-language musical romance film, written and directed by R. Sundarajan starring Mohan, Radha and Amala. This movie was a box office hit.[2]

The film's score and soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja and M. S. Viswanathan. Later they worked together in 4 more films, Senthamizh Paattu, Senthamizh Selvan, En Iniya Ponnilave and Vishwa Thulasi. Entire BG Score and orchestration for all the songs was done by Ilaiyaraaja, while 5 Songs were composed by M. S. Viswanathan.


Tulasi (Radha) is a village girl. One day, she gets a letter from her cousin Subramani (Mohan). She gets excited as they were close friends in childhood, but Subramani leaves with his family to the city. Subramani visits the village for his college thesis about folk songs. Tulasi is in love with Subramani, but she is confused whether Subramani also loves her. Tulasi's father (Visu) passes away due to heart attack. When Subramani's mother arranges a marriage for Subramani with Tulasi, he refuses. Because of this, Tulasi's mother dies in frustration. Then, Tulasi comes to her uncle's house. Later, a flashback comes in which Subramani is in love with Noorjahan (Amala). Since Noorjahan used to come to the music college with a veil, Subramani has not seen her face. On a day when they plan to meet, Noorjahan dies after she steps into quicksand. Subramani feels dejected after seeing Noorjahan's death and decides to remain unmarried and that's the real reason for him to avoid marrying Tulasi. But Tulasi decides to end her life as Subramani shows no interest in marrying her and she goes to the same place where Noorjahan died. Tulasi also falls into the same quicksand, but Subramani rushes and saves Tulasi. Subramani understands Tulasi's true love towards him and marries her.


  • Mohan as Subramani.
  • Amala as Noorjahan
  • Radha as Tulasi
  • Visu as Tulasi's father
  • Senthil as Visu's auction assistant
  • M. N. Nambiar as Hindi teacher and Noorjahan's father
  • Charle as Subramani's friend
  • Gundu Kalyanam as Subramani's friend
  • G. K. Venkatesh (music director) as Mohan's father


Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu was Mohan's first film with AVM Productions.[3]


All the songs were composed by M. S. Viswanathan except "Kuzhaloodum Kannanukku", which was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The song "Ooru Sanam" was composed by MSV. On the program "Ennullil MSV", Ilaiyaraaja mentioned this as one of his favourite songs. The song "Vaa Vennila" is inspired by "Vaan Meethile Inba Then Maari Peiyuthe", composed by Viswanathan for the 1953 film Chandirani.[4] Ilaiyaraaja later re-used "Kuzhaloodum Kannanukku" in Hindi as "Baatein Hawa Hain Saare" for Cheeni Kum (2007).[5]

Track list[6]
1."Vaa Vennila"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:39
2."Thedum Kan Paarvai"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:43
3."Dil Dil Dil Manadhil"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela4:41
4."Kuzhaloodum Kannanukku"VaaliK. S. Chithra4:38
5."Ooru Sanam"VaaliS. Janaki4:38
6."Sakkara Kattikku"Gangai AmaranK. S. Chithra, S. P. Sailaja, B. S. Sasirekha5:18
7."Vaa Vennila"VaaliS. Janaki2:08


  1. ^ Saravanan 2013, p. 301.
  2. ^ "cinesouth". Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  3. ^ Saravanan 2013, p. 425.
  4. ^ Yamunan, Sruthisagar (20 August 2017). "Audio master: The combined genius of MS Viswanathan and Ilaiyaraaja in 'Mella Thiranthathu Kathavu'". Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  5. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (15 May 2007). "Music Review: Cheeni Kum". Baradwaj Rangan. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu songs". Retrieved 21 March 2012.


  • Saravanan, M. (2013) [2005]. AVM 60 Cinema (in Tamil). Rajarajan Pathippagam.

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