|Directed by||Vincent Selva|
|Written by||Vincent Selva,
Pattukkottai Prabakar (dialogues)
|Cinematography||S.D. Vijay Milton|
|Edited by||B. S. Vasu-Saleem|
Lakshmi Movie Makers
Priyamudan (English: With Love) is a 1998 Tamil romantic thriller film directed by Vincent Selva. The film features Vijay and Kausalya in the lead roles, while Sujith Sagar plays a pivotal role. The story focuses on the protagonist, who is of a hyper-possessive nature with negative shades and therefore, tries to achieve whatever he desires using any means. The film released with positive reviews and became a successful venture at the box office. This is the first movie where Vijay played an anti-hero role.
The film was later remade as Preminche Manasu in Telugu in 2000; as Nata in Kannada in 2002 and as Deewana Main Deewana in Hindi (released in 2013). The 2000 Malayalam film, Darling Darling, had several similarities to Priyamudan. Vijay registered his 6th consecutive commercial success with this movie.
Vasanth (Vijay) is a son of a wealthy businessman and grows up with a possessive attitude. This is shown in one scene in a gift shop where he breaks a gift he likes solely because it had already been bought by someone else. He pays the owner to cover the damages, but he responds with a tagline - "If I can't get it, nobody can". He happens to visit Rajasthan, where he meets Priya (Kausalya) and falls in love immediately. Priya is injured in an accident and Vasanth's friend (Vasanth Kumar) rescues her by donating blood. Being unconscious, Priya doesn't know the face of her savior, only the name "Vasanth Kumar".
After she recovers, Vijay tries to enter the picture, using the confusion in the name and making use of the soft-corner in her heart.
- Vijay as Vasanth
- Kausalya as Priya
- Sujith Sagar as Vasanth Kumar
- Jaiganesh as Priya's father
- Nassar as a CBI officer
- Madhan Bob as Priya's uncle
- K. P. Mohan as Vasanth's father
- S. N. Surendar as Gaffar
- Azhagu as Ravi
- S. A. Chandrasekhar as Gopal
- T. P. Gajendran
- Vincent Selva in a cameo appearance
Vijay wanted to work with a debutant director and Vincent Selva's story impressed him, prompting Lakshmi Movie Makers to make the story into a feature film. Meena was initially approached for the film, but had to turn the offer down due to her busy schedule.
|Soundtrack album by Deva|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Five Star Audio
- Aakasavani - Hariharan
- Bharathikku Kannamma - S. P. Balasubrahmaniam
- Bharathikku Kannamma - Unnikrishnan
- Hello Maruthi - Mano, Gopal Rao
- Mouriya - Vijay, Anuradha Sriram
- Pooja Vaa - S. P. Balasubrahmaniam, K. S. Chithra
- White Lakkan - Deva
The film opened mixed to positive reviews, with the reviewer from Indolink.com praising Vijay for choosing to play an anti-hero role. It became a big success at the box office. The Hindu stated that Vijay "made sincere efforts to give shape to the negative character" that "he asserts himself in the climax". The critic goes on to describe that Kausalya "just fills the bill, while Sujit Sagar makes a neat essay".
Stunt choreographer Jaguar Thangam won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Stunt Coordinator, for 1998 for his work in Priyamudan. The film was later remade as Preminche Manasu in Telugu with Naveen and Keerthi Reddy in the lead roles.