Ninaithale Inikkum (1979 film)

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Ninaithale Inikkum / Andamaina Anubhavam
Ninaithale Inikkum Poster.jpg
Tamil poster
Directed byK. Balachander
Produced byR. Venkataraman
Screenplay byK. Balachander
Story bySujatha Rangarajan
StarringKamal Haasan
Music byM. S. Viswanathan
CinematographyB. S. Lokanath
Edited byN. R. Kittu
Premalaya Productions
Distributed byPremalaya Productions
Release date
  • 14 April 1979 (1979-04-14)
  • 19 April 1979 (1979-04-19)
Running time
141 minutes

Ninaithale Inikkum (transl. Sweet Memories) is a 1979 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy film directed by K. Balachander starring Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Jayaprada, Geetha and Nakul. The story was written by Sujatha Rangarajan.[2][3] The film was also simultaneously shot in Telugu as Andamaina Anubhavam (transl. Beautiful experience).[4] A large part of the film was shot in Singapore.[5].It was Blockbuster at box office and emerged commercial success


The film follows Chandru, a singer and his band on a tour to Singapore. Over there Chandru meets his love interest Sona, only to find that she is terminally ill.



Many of K. Balachander's students like Jayasudha, Sarath Babu, Geetha and Narayana Rao appear in cameo for their mentor. This was the debut film for actor S. V. Shekhar.[6] Jayasudha's sister Subhashini also appears. The band in the film and the music were inspired by the Beatles.[7]

A large portion of the film was shot in Singapore,[8] while additional scenes were shot at the AVM Garden Villa, Chennai.[9] The scene where Deepak (Rajinikanth) is challenged to flip his cigarette 10 times or lose a finger is based on Roald Dahl's Man from the South.[10]


The soundtrack was composed by M. S. Viswanathan while the lyrics were written by Kannadasan. Engeyum Eppothum was one of the famous disco songs from the film. The song was remixed by Yogi B in Pollathavan (2007).[11] The song "Sambo Siva Sambo" was remixed by Vijay Antony as "Avala Nambithan" for Salim (2014).[12] Sudha Ragunathan noted that "Ninaithale Inikkum just rocked the scene with MSV Sir bringing out his innovative streaks."[13]

Tamil Soundtrack
1."Namma Ooru Singari"KannadasanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam3:34
2."Sayonara Vesham Kalainthathu"KannadasanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam1:47
3."Nizhal Kandavan"KannadasanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam2:12
4."Ninaiththaale Inikkum"KannadasanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki3:51
5."Vaaniley medai amaithu"KannadasanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam2:23
6."Aananda Thaandavamo"KannadasanL. R. Eswari5:11
7."Bharathi Kannamma"KannadasanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jayaram5:47
8."Inimai Nirainda Ulagam"KannadasanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, L. R. Eswari5:48
9."Kaaththirunthen"KannadasanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam3:41
10."Sambo Sivasambo"KannadasanM. S. Viswanathan4:48
11."Thattiketka Aalillai"KannadasanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam1:18
12."Yaathum Oore"KannadasanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela6:39
13."Engeyum Eppothum"KannadasanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam6:31
14."You're like a fountain"Kanmani SubbuS. P. Balasubrahmanyam2:09
Telugu Soundtrack
1."Ananda Thandavamo" L. R. Eswari 
2."Andamaina Anubhavam"AatreyaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 
3."Andamaina Lokamundi" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, L. R. Eswari 
4."Hello Nestam Bagunnava"AatreyaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela 
5."Kurralloy Kurrallu Verrekki Vunnollu"AatreyaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
6."Nuvve Nuvvamma Navvula Puvvamma"AatreyaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jairam 
7."Pada Pada Cheyi Kalipenu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
8."Sambho Siva Sambho" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
9."Singapuri Singari" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
10."What A Waiting" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 


Piousji of Sunday wrote, "despite heroic efforts by Kamalahasan to save the film, it disintegrates fast."[14]


Films like Bharathi Kannamma (1997), Engeyum Eppodhum (2011) were named after the film's songs. In 2009, another film called Ninaithale Inikkum, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Sakthi Vasu and Priyamani was released. G. N. R. Kumaravelan who directed the film, stated that the title was "right for my film on students and the college scenario".[15]

Abaswaram Ramji conducted a stage show called Ninaithale Inikkum in 2006.[16] A stage play called "Sambo Siva sambo" named after the film's song was conducted by Theatre of Maham. M. S. Viswanathan composed the background music for the play.[17]


A digitally restored version of the film was released on 4 October 2013,[18] but received a lukewarm response at the box office.[19]


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  2. ^ Suganth, M. (6 October 2013). "Cinema of the Week: Ninaithale Inikkum". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 13 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
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  4. ^ "In a new version". The Hindu. IANS. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
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  6. ^ Saravanan, T. (15 May 2013). "Jest for fun". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  7. ^ Kolappan, B. (23 December 2014). "He took Tamil cinema beyond hero-centric creations". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Singapore looks to films to maximise tourist footfall". The Hindu. 23 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  9. ^ Prabhakar, Bhavani (7 June 2018). "AVM Garden Villa opens its doors for public events". The News Today. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  10. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (2012). Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography. Penguin Books. pp. 91–92.
  11. ^ "So different, so real". The Hindu. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Salim (aka) Salim songs review". Behindwoods. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  13. ^ Ragunathan, Sudha (15 July 2015). "A versatile musician". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  14. ^ Piousji (13 May 1979). "Khaas Baat". Sunday. p. 47.
  15. ^ "The name game". The Hindu. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Alapana presents..." The Hindu. 8 May 2006. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  17. ^ Balasubramanian, V. (20 June 2014). "Fresh and funny". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan's Cult Classic '16 Vayathinile' to Re-Release in October". International Business Times. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  19. ^ "Revisiting '90s Rajini in 2017". The Hindu. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.

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