Time (1999 film)

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Directed byGeetha Krishna
Written byGeetha Krishna,
Gokula Krishnan (dialogues)
Produced byVaddi Veerabadhra Rao
StarringPrabhu Deva
Radhika Chaudhry
CinematographyM. V. Panneerselvam
Edited bySuresh Urs
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
3 December 1999[1]

Time is a 1999 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Geetha Krishna. The film stars Prabhu Deva, Simran and Radhika Chaudhry. The film's score and soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja.



The film marked the directorial debut of Geetha Krishna in Tamil, and began as a quadrilingual venture in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam. Prashanth was initially announced as the hero in the film as early as November 1997 when the movie launch took place. Prashanth started working for the film in Kodaikanal during October 1998 but later backed out, while Ajith Kumar also refused the film due to lack of time.[2] After several delays, Prabhu Deva was subsequently selected to play the lead role and the film was made only in Tamil.[3] Two debutant actresses were announced to portray the lead female roles, Menaka Senail and Radhika Chaudhari, though the former was later replaced by Simran. Model Bobbu Poonai made his acting debut as the antagonist.[4]


The songs were composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Pazhani Bharathi.[5] To compose the songs, Ilayaraaja and Geetha Krishna, had gone on a recce to Maldives and had longlisted thirty songs for the film, before picking six.[6]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Kadhal Neethana" Unni Krishnan, Sujatha Pazhani Bharathi 05:01
2 "Muthu Nilave" Karthik Raja, Gopika Poornima 05:50
3 "Naan Thanga Roja" Swarnalatha, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 05:10
4 "Ninachapadi" Unni Menon, Devan, Malgudi Subha 05:42
5 "Niram Pirithu" Sujatha 05:16
6 "Thavikkiren Thavikkiren" Bhavatharini, Hariharan 05:11


The film received negative reviews from critics. BBThots wrote the film "has Ilaiyaraja's music and good photography. But inept direction and a muddled screenplay make a mess of the already flimsy story".[7] Thiraipadam wrote "The ending is implausible, the storyline weak, but you can watch it once, I guess, if you have the time (no pun intended) and if you're an avid lover of Tamil movies."[8] New Straits Times wrote the film has shades of Kadhal Kottai "the story gets a little muddled in the end".[9][10]


The song "Kadhal Neethana" was played in a commercially successful film Love Today (2022 film), as the main character Uthaman Pradeep's (Pradeep Ranganathan) ringtone.


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  3. ^ "Films in Production in 1999". Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  4. ^ "On the sets". 2 March 2008. Archived from the original on 2 March 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Time Songs Download, Time Tamil MP3 Songs, Raaga.com Tamil Songs". Raaga.com. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: Gossip from the southern film industry". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  7. ^ "TIME : A movie review by Balaji Balasubramaniam". Bbthots.com. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Time - Tamil Movie Review". Archived from the original on 15 February 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  9. ^ "New Straits Times - Google News Archive Search". News.google.com. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). www.zaminryot.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)