Sollamale

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Sollamale
Directed bySasi
Written bySasi
Produced byR. B. Choudary
StarringLivingston
Kausalya
Karan
Vivek
Anand
Prakash Raj
CinematographyArthur A. Wilson
Edited byV. Jaishankar
Music byBobby
Production
company
Distributed bySuper Good Films
Release date
  • 31 July 1998 (1998-07-31)
Running time
158 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Sollamale (transl. Without Saying) is a 1998 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by Sasi, who made his directorial debut with the film. The film featured Livingston and Kausalya in lead roles while Karan, Vivek, Anand, and Prakash Raj play supporting roles. The film opened in July 1998 to positive reviews and became a box office success.[1]

It was later remade Telugu as Seenu (1998) with Venkatesh and Twinkle Khanna and in Hindi as Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai (2002) with Govinda and Rani Mukerji in the lead roles. It was also dubbed into Hindi as Dil Faink.

Plot[edit]

Nataraj (Livingston) is an honest, not-too-good-looking, village artist who comes to the city to find a job. He ends up being a banner artist. Shweta (Kausalya) is a US citizen who loves India and its culture and stays with her relatives to learn Bharatnatyam. She is a soft-natured, loving girl who loves to help people in distress but cannot stand it if anyone lies or cheats. Initially when these two meet, she mistakes Nataraj to be a mute and pities him. Shweta's occasional friendlier association with Nataraj, in the means of helping, gradually blossoms into love. By this time, it is too late for the guilt-ridden Nataraj to disclose the truth as he feared the risk of losing her. Despite all his efforts to reveal the truth, Shwetha comes to know of his sham by herself. However at the end, she realises Nataraj's true intentions for acting as a mute and forgives him. However at the climax, when Shwetha asks Nadaraj to speak to her, he keeps silent because he had asked a doctor to cut his tongue so that he could be the Nataraj that Swetha had come to love.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Soundtrack was composed by debutant Bobby.[2][3]

No. Song Singers
1 "Columbus Kaadhalaa" Mano
2 "Sollathae" Hariharan, Chitra
3 "Chindamaniye Vaa" S. P. Balasubramaniam
4 "Sollu Chollu" Bobby, Chitra
5 "Rathirida Roundadida" Sabesh
6 "Sollathae" Hariharan

Release[edit]

Initially, Sasi had Prabhu Deva to play the lead role for the script, but Choudary insisted Livingston to do the lead role. The film brought Livingston acclaim after years of playing supporting roles.[4] The film began Sasi's career in Tamil films and he has since gone on to direct other successful romance stories including Rojakootam (2002) and Dishyum (2006). Bobby went on to win the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for his music in the film.[5] Indolink wrote "Amidst all the recent love stories that go like 'Boy does not meet girl, boy loves girl,..' etc. this has a refreshingly new story line. The story and the way the movie is made is very simple and it is this simplicity that makes the movie good".[6]

Remakes[edit]

It was later remade Telugu as Seenu (1998) with Venkatesh and Twinkle Khanna and in Hindi as Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai (2002) with Govinda and Rani Mukerji in the lead roles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: Gossip from the southern film industry". www.rediff.com.
  2. ^ https://www.raaga.com/tamil/movie/sollamale-songs-T0000890
  3. ^ https://music.apple.com/us/album/sollamale-original-motion-picture-soundtrack-ep/1400433847
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20000115155812/http://www.tamilstar.com/interview/actor/livingstone/index.shtml
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20061019092548/http://www.indolink.com/tamil/cinema/Reviews/articles/Sollamalae..._91618.html

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