Vaidehi Kathirunthal

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Vaidehi Kathirunthal
Vaidehi Kathirunthal.jpg
Poster
Directed byR. Sundarrajan
Produced byThooyavan
Panchu Arunachalam (presenter)
Written byR. Sundarrajan
StarringVijayakanth
Revathi
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyRaja Rajan
Edited byM. Shrinivasan
B. Krishnakumar
Production
company
Appu Movies
Release date
23 October 1984
Running time
140 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

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,[1] and in Kannada as Preethi Nee Illade Naa Hegirali (2004).[2]

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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.[5][6] 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.[7] Vijayakanth agreed to play a "soft role" at a time when he starred in many action films and was branded an action hero.[8]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[9] The song "Kaathirunthu" is set in the carnatic raga known as Shivaranjani,[10] "Azhagu Malaraada" is set in Chandrakauns,[11] and "Inraiku Yen Indha" is set in Abhogi.[12]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Azhagu Malaraada" S. Janaki, T. S. Raghavendra Vaali 05:31
2 "Inraiku Yen Indha" P. Jayachandran, Vani Jairam Gangai Amaran 04:29
3 "Kaathirunthu" P. Jayachandran Vaali 04:23
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[edit]

Vaidehi Kaathirundhal was released on 23 October 1984,[13] 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,[14] The film was a commercial success, running for over 100 days in theatres.[13]

Legacy[edit]

Vaidehi Kaathirundhal emerged a major breakthrough in Vijayakanth's career.[15] According to film journalist Sreedhar Pillai, it was one of the films that made him the "Raja of B and C stations"[16] 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.[17] The quote also inspired a song of the same name in Aranmanai (2014).[18] The Chennai-based brand Dude Thamizha prints T-shirts that carry the dialogue which are their best-sellers too.[19][20][21] The character name of Goundamani, All in All Azhagu Raja, was also used as the title for director M. Rajesh's 2013 film.[22][23]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Preethi Nee Illade Naa Hegirali (ಪ್ರೀತಿ ನೀ ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ನಾ ಹೇಗಿರಲಿ)" [O Love, How can I live without you]. Chiloka. Archived from the original on 25 March 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
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  10. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 138.
  11. ^ Mani, Charulatha (8 November 2013). "Of love and longing". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  12. ^ Mani, Charulatha (2 March 2012). "A Raga's Journey — Arresting Abhogi". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  13. ^ a b "சிவாஜி, கமல், ரஜினி படங்களுக்கு வசனம் எழுதிய தூயவன்" [Thooyavan, who wrote the dialogues for Sivaji, Kamal and Rajini's films]. Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 17 July 2017. Archived from the original on 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  14. ^ Menon, Vishal (12 November 2018). "My Dear Kuttichathan: The Unforgettable Story of India's First 3D Film". Film Companion. Archived from the original on 14 July 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Captain comes under attack". IndiaGlitz. 29 December 2011. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  16. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (30 October 2002). "Still the `Captain'". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 21 August 2003. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Filmi dialogues used in everyday lingo". The Times of India. 17 August 2013. Archived from the original on 7 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  18. ^ M, Serena Josephine (30 July 2016). "Light goes out of petromax lamps". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  19. ^ Vijayan, Naveena (26 August 2013). "Flaunt the Tamizhan in you". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
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  21. ^ Krishnakumar, Anupama (5 May 2012). "A Melange of Inspiring Measures". Spark. Archived from the original on 17 June 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  22. ^ "Cracker of a Diwali". Bangalore Mirror. 29 October 2013. Archived from the original on 8 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  23. ^ "City Times – Comic caper". Khaleej Times. 31 October 2013. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Chennai: Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.

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