Once More (1997 film)

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Once More
Once more tamil movie poster.jpg
Directed byS. A. Chandrasekhar
Produced byC. V. Rajendran
Written byS. P. Rajkumar (Dialogues)
Screenplay byS. A. Chandrasekhar
Story byShanmugapriyan
StarringSivaji Ganesan
Saroja Devi
Music byDeva
CinematographySelva. R
Edited byB. S. Vasu
Shree Ganesh Vision
Release date
4 July 1997
Running time
160 minutes

Once More is a 1997 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy film directed by S. A. Chandrasekhar. The film features Sivaji Ganesan and Vijay as the male lead, while Simran and Saroja Devi play their love interests. The film was a box office hit.


Vijay (Vijay) is a rich young business man, whose only one aim in life is to have fun, is the managing director of a big tea estate in Ooty and his company goes on a big loss because of his mismanagement. Vijay spends most of his time in partying and flirting with girls whenever he feels like. To manage the loss to his company, Vijay invites his father Rajashekar (who is in the United States) to come to India to sign some documents. Rajashekar dies in a plane crash on his way to India. Vijay's maternal uncle (Manivannan) comes up with the idea of having another elderly person to act as Vijay's father for a while until the documents are signed. So they visit a senior home, where they meet Selvam (Sivaji Ganesan) and they request him to act as Vijay's father. He agrees to it and starts to act as Vijay's father.

Selvam observes the careless, take-it-easy life style of Vijay and is reminded of his old days when he used to be like Vijay. Selvam is very affectionate towards Vijay and he considers him as his son. Vijay finds out about Selvam's past life, that Selvam was married to Shantha (Saroja Devi) and they have been living separated for the past 34 years. He wants them to get united and he searches and finds the whereabouts of Shantha. Meanwhile, Kavitha (Simran) joins Vijay's company and she talks to Vijay in his own style. Vijay is knocked out by Kavitha's beauty and he falls in love with her. Then, their love gets into trouble because of Kavitha's mother. Now, Vijay tries to unite Selvam and Shantha. In return Selvam tries to unite Vijay and Kavitha. Kavitha first tries to kill Vijay to avenge her sister Anju, who committed suicide due to Vijay rejecting her love for him. But through Vijay's maternal uncle and Selvam, she understands Vijay's good heart and unites with him. Also, Selvam and Shantha meet once again and get married 'Once More'. The film hence ends with a happy note.



The director, S. A. Chandrasekhar, convinced Sivaji Ganesan to feature in the film after Sathya Sai Baba told him to continue acting for this role.[1] Scenes from Iruvar Ullam (1963) were also featured extensively in the film,[2] being used as flashback scenes depicting the backstory of Ganesan and B. Saroja Devi's characters.[3] Saroja Devi considered Once More to be a sequel to Iruvar Ullam.[4]


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Soundtrack album by
Aditya Music
Deva chronology
Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen
Once More
Nerrukku Ner

The soundtrack of the film was composed by Deva while lyrics were written by Vairamuthu and Palani Bharathi. [5]

Track list
1."Chinna Chinna Kaadhal"VairamuthuMalaysia Vasudevan, Krishnaraj, Deva, Anuradha Sriram05:46
2."Malargale"VairamuthuS. N. Surendar, Anuradha Sriram05:21
3."Ooty Malai Beauty"Palani BharathiMano, Swarnalatha05:01
4."Oormila Oormila"VairamuthuVijay, Shoba Chandrasekhar04:46
5."Poove Poove Penpoove"VairamuthuS. N. Surendar, K. S. Chitra05:07
Total length:26:21

Critical reception[edit]

Behindwoods gave the film a positive review and stated that the film was a commercial family entertainer.[6] New Strait Times wrote that the film was "a combination of several stories from past Tamil movies" and director "seems to have placed more importance on humour" concluding "See this one for Sivaji".[7]


  1. ^ "Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Sai Shanti inaugurated". The Hindu. 25 October 2006. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  2. ^ "rediff.com: Abhinaya Saraswathi Saroja Devi". specials.rediff.com. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  3. ^ http://ipl.newstm.in/Cinema/1508935047700?Thalapathy-Biography-The-Story-of-How-Vijay-Conquered-Kodambakkam-Part-11#
  4. ^ "Thre in no such thing as right talent". The Times of India. 9 May 1998. Archived from the original on 12 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.saavn.com/s/album/tamil/Once-More-2017/oSe22rgdvHk_
  6. ^ http://behindwoods.com/tamil-movies/slideshow/top-20-best-films-of-vijay/20-once-more-1997.html
  7. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=x8G803Bi31IC&dat=19970726&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

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