Piriyadha Varam Vendum
|Piriyadha Varam Vendum|
|Produced by||Nekhela Enterprises|
|Written by||Perarasu (dialogues)|
|Story by||Iqbal Kuttippuram|
|Music by||S. A. Rajkumar|
|16 February 2001|
Piriyadha Varam Vendum (lit. Want a boon for not getting separated) is a 2001 Indian Tamil language romantic comedy film written and directed by Kamal, which was a remake of his 1999 Malayalam film Niram. The movie stars Prashanth and Shalini in the lead roles, while an ensemble cast featuring Manivannan and Janagaraj among others play supporting roles. Featuring music by S. A. Rajkumar, the film opened to positive reviews in February 2001. It was also dubbed in Telugu as Chakkani Chukka.
Sanjay (Prashanth) and Nithi (Shalini) are best friends right from their childhood days. They are neighbors, have grown up together, attend the same college, and spend every minute of their waking hours together. Both have admirers in college with Sneha (Jomol) wooing Sanjay and Praveen (Krishna) revealing his love for Nithi. Nithi's week-long trip to Bangalore, along with some prodding by his housemaid, makes Sanjay realize how much he misses Nithi and that he is in love with her. But respect for their friendship and her makes him hide his feelings. Meanwhile, Nithi accepts Praveen's proposal and things quickly move towards their marriage. But when things come together, Nithi realizes that she cannot stay without Sanjay, and at that time he reveals that he too loves her.
- Prashanth as Sanjay
- Shalini as Nithi (Voice dubbed by Sreeja Ravi)
- Jomol as Sneha
- Krishna as Praveen
- Manivannan as Dhanasekaran
- Nizhalgal Ravi as Vishwanathan
- Ambika as Nithi's mother
- Ashwini as Pushpa
- Manorama as Azhagi
- Kovai Sarala as Kannatha
- Dhamu as Sanjay's friend
- Janagaraj as Kannatha's neighbour
- Charle as Sanjay's friend
- Vaiyapuri as Sanjay's friend
- Balaji as Sanjay's friend
- Mink Brar in an item number
Following the success of the 1999 Malayalam film Niram starring Kunchacko Boban and Shalini, the film's director Kamal chose to make his debut in Tamil films by remaking the film. Initially titled Kadhal Neethana, he signed up Prashanth to play the lead role while Shalini retained the leading female role after agreeing to work on it on stage at the success function of Niram. Sneha and newcomer Krishna were signed up to play the second leads for the film, while it was reported that Kushboo would also play a pivotal role. Sneha was later replaced by Jomol, who had played the role in the original version of the film and Kushboo did not feature. Delays in production due to the producer's financial problems meant that the dates of the lead pair went awry and they were unable to combine to finish the shoot quickly. Prashanth chose to prioritise making his other film Appu as he had to sport a beard and thus Shalini was left waiting, although she had stated that she would not act again after her impending marriage. Shalini subsequently got married to actor Ajith Kumar and the actor was unwilling to let his wife rejoin the team stating that they had misused her dates. The team considered releasing the film in October 2000 using Shalini's scenes from the Malayalam version, while using graphics to edit out Kunchacko Boban and place in Prashanth, before Shalini readily agreed to feature. It subsequently became her final film before retirement.
Retitled as Piriyadha Varam Vendum, the film continued shoot in late 2000 with sequences including a song being filmed in Kochi with Mink Brar making a guest appearance. Owing to the earlier date problems, the team had shot the song "Vasco Da Gama" with guest dancer Raghava Lawrence but Prashanth was not pleased about the sudden change of cast in the song and requested to re-shoot it at his own cost. The song was financed by Murali Manohar while Prashanth's father Thiagarajan supervised the production of the song, which was guest directed by R. Madhesh and shot by Priyan, who had all volunteered.
The film's production delays had constantly led to the release being postponed from dates ranging from September 2000 til February 2001 and it consequently had an average commercial performance at the box office. The film, however, won positive reviews upon release with a critic noting "this is an entertaining and enjoyable film, probably the best film of 2001 so far" at the time of release in February 2001. Another critic noted "It is a fairly well-told, engaging story of best friends becoming lovers, though one realises this much before the other."
|Soundtrack album by S. A. Rajkumar|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sa Re Ga Ma|
|Producer||S. A. Rajkumar|
|3||'Dikki Dikki Lona'||Sujatha, Mano|
|4||'Vidaikodu Vidaikodu'||Swarnalatha, Unnikrishnan|
|5||'Vasco Da Gama'||Sujatha, Devan|