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Directed by Ramesh Khanna
Story by S. V. Krishna Reddy
Starring Ajith Kumar
Gemini Ganesan
Sowcar Janaki
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography S. Moorthy
Edited by K. Thanigachalam
Sri Devi Movie Makers
Release date
14 January 1999
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 4.4 crore

Thodarum (English: It will continue) is a 1999 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Ramesh Khanna, featuring Ajith Kumar, Devayani and Heera in the leading roles.[1] The supporting cast of Manivannan, Vadivelu and Gemini Ganesan also play pivotal roles in the film. The film was a remake of Telugu film Maavichiguru, and was released in January 1999.[2][3]



Actor Ramesh Khanna made his debut as a director with the film after working as an apprentice to K. S. Ravikumar.[4][2] For his directorial debut, Ramesh Khanna chose to remake the Telugu film Maavichiguru (1996) starring Jagapati Babu and Aamani. The remake was initially titled as Maa Vilakku and was supposed to star Jayaram and Meena in lead roles, but went through cast changes. Jayaram's falling popularity meant that Ajith Kumar was signed to replace him, while the actor requested that a change of lead actress.[5] The film was revived under new title Thodarum with new cast involving Ajith Kumar, Heera and Devayani.[6]


The film received poor reviews upon release, with a critic from citing that the "cinematography and direction provide no room for discussion" and that "Devayani appears painfully artificial".[7] The New Indian Express also gave the film a critical review citing that "the director tries hard to avoid small puddles of cliches, but unfortunately falls into an ocean instead" but claims that Devayani gives a "wonderfully controlled performance", while Heera and Ajith are just "adequate".[8]


Soundtrack is composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Lyrics for the songs were written by Pazhanibharathi, Gangai Amaran, Kamakodiyan, M. Mehta, Arivumathi, Pulamaipithan.[9]


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