|Directed by||R. Sundarrajan|
Panchu Arunachalam (presenter)
|Written by||R. Sundarrajan|
|Edited by||M. Shrinivasan|
|23 October 1984|
Vaidehi Kathirunthal (transl. Vaidehi was waiting) is a 1984 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film written and directed by R. Sundarrajan. The film stars Vijayakanth and Revathi in the lead roles. The film was successful, and emerged a major breakthrough in Vijayakanth's career. It was remade in Telugu as Manchi Manasulu, and in Kannada as Preethi Nee Illade Naa Hegirali (2004).
Vellaisamy is an unkempt derelict who lives by the village temple doing menial jobs to survive but has an impressive singing ability. Vaidehi is a young widow who lives in the village with her sorrowing, alcoholic father. One day when some villagers spot Vellaisamy scribbling Vaidehi's name on the temple walls, rumours start circling. When a distressed Vaidehi approaches and questions Vellaisamy, he reveals his tragic past and how he lost the woman of his affection, also named Vaidehi. Vellaisamy and Vaidehi now share a mutual respect for each other's melancholic lives but soon realise they need to work together to unite a young couple in love against the wrath of the whole village.
- Vijayakanth as Vellaisamy
- Revathi as Vaidehi, the widow
- Goundamani as All in All Azhaguraja
- Senthil as Komuti Thalaiyan
- Pramila Joshai as Vaidehi, Vellaisamy's past lover
- Radha Ravi as Vellikizhamai Ramasamy
- Sivankumar as Nataraj
- Kokila as Sengamalam
- Kovai Sarala
- T. S. Raghavendra
After music director Ilaiyaraaja finished composing the songs of Kaakki Sattai (1985) in half-a-day, well before the three-day schedule, he started to compose other songs since he was free at that time; he ended up composing six songs, hoping to use them in a potential film. Producer-lyricist Panchu Arunachalam, who used to listen to Ilaiyaraaja's unused songs and pick any of them he liked for future projects, wanted one of the six tunes for the film that would become Vaidehi Kathirunthal. But Ilaiyaraaja insisted that he listen to all six tunes; the producer did so, and the storyline of Vaidehi Kathirunthal was developed based on them. The film was written and directed by R. Sundarrajan, and produced by Thooyavan under the banner Appu Movies, while Arunachalam was credited as presenter. Cinematography was handled by Raja Rajan, and editing by M. Shrinivasan and B. Krishnakumar. Vijayakanth agreed to play a "soft role" at a time when he starred in many action films and was branded an action hero.
The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The song "Kaathirunthu" is set in the carnatic raga known as Shivaranjani, "Azhagu Malaraada" is set in Chandrakauns, and "Inraiku Yen Indha" is set in Abhogi.
|1||"Azhagu Malaraada"||S. Janaki, T. S. Raghavendra||Vaali||05:31|
|2||"Inraiku Yen Indha"||P. Jayachandran, Vani Jairam||Gangai Amaran||04:29|
|4||"Megam Karukayilae"||Ilaiyaraaja, Uma Ramanan||Panchu Arunachalam||04:28|
|5||"Raasavae Unnai"||P. Susheela||Vaali||03:25|
|6||"Rasathi Unnai"||P. Jayachandran||05:36|
Release and reception
Vaidehi Kaathirundhal was released on 23 October 1984, Diwali day. Despite facing competition from other Diwali releases such as Nallavanukku Nallavan and the Tamil-dubbed version of the Malayalam-language My Dear Kuttichathan, The film was a commercial success, running for over 100 days in theatres.
Vaidehi Kaathirundhal emerged a major breakthrough in Vijayakanth's career. According to film journalist Sreedhar Pillai, it was one of the films that made him the "Raja of B and C stations" The quote "Petromax light-e than venuma" (transl. Do you want only the Petromax light?) spoken by Goundamani's character became a popular phrase in Tamil Nadu and refers to someone wanting and persisting on something particular. The quote also inspired a song of the same name in Aranmanai (2014). The Chennai-based brand Dude Thamizha prints T-shirts that carry the dialogue which are their best-sellers too. The character name of Goundamani, All in All Azhagu Raja, was also used as the title for director M. Rajesh's 2013 film.
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