Uyirodu Uyiraga

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Uyirodu Uyiraga
Directed by Sushma Ahuja
Starring Ajith Kumar
Richa Ahuja
Sarath Babu
Music by Vidyasagar
Cinematography K. Aravind
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Release date
  • 21 November 1998 (1998-11-21)
Country India
Language Tamil

Uyirodu Uyiraga (Tamil: உயிரோடு உயிராக) is a 1998 Tamil film directed by Sushma Ahuja starring Ajith Kumar and Richa Ahuja in the main roles. The film which told the tale of a couple's struggle to deal with terminal illness, had a successful music soundtrack composed by Vidyasagar. The film was released in November 1998 to positive reviews, but fared poorly commercially.[1]


The film details on how the parents of a young teen aged boy diagnosed with chronic brain tumor accept and deal with his sickness, Anjali (Richa Ahuja)'s undeterred love for the optimistic Ajay who is on the verge of death is beautifully depicted throughout the film.



The director, Sushma Ahuja, originally wanted to make in Hindi but eventually filmed in Tamil with Ajith Kumar and Richa Ahuja, her daughter. Richa took up the offer, after another popular actress had opted out of the role due to date issues.[2] Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, with whom Sushma worked in the silent movie Pushpak, encouraged her to take up this project.[3] The film was reportedly based on a real event which had occurred in the early 1990s.[4] The songs composed by Vidyasagar won positive reviews.[5]


The film released to positive reviews from film critics. A reviewer praised the film as "a clean movie with no masala stuff" but criticized the "weak story-line", while also praising the performances in the film.[6] Another critic drew particular praise to the role of Srividya, claiming the film was "a pleasant experience, the crowds cheered Srividya almost as much as Ajith".[7] The film failed commercially, with Sushma Ahuja blaming the result on poor promotion.[8][9]


The songs composed by Vidyasagar, won positive acclaim from reviewers.[10]

Song Title Singers
"Anbae Anbae" Hariharan, K. S. Chitra
"I Love You" Nandini Srikar
"Nothing Nothing" Harini
"Nadhi Engae" Ghansham Vasvani
"Poovukkellam Siragu" Srinivas, KK