Varusham 16

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Varusham 16
Varusham 16.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFazil
Written byGokula Krishnan (dialogues)
Screenplay byFazil
Story byFazil
Produced byOusepachan Vaalakuzhy
Edited byT. R. Sekar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Ganga Chithra Productions
Release date
  • 18 February 1989 (1989-02-18)

Varusham 16 (read as "Varusham Padhinaaru"; transl. Year 16) is a 1989 Indian Tamil-language film, directed by Fazil. The film stars Karthik and Khushbu, with Sukumari, V. K. Ramasamy, Janagaraj, Charle and Vadivukkarasi in supporting roles.[1] It is a remake of Fazil's own Malayalam film Ennennum Kannettante. The film was released on 18 February 1989, and Karthik won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil.


The story deals with immature teenage love story between Kannan and Radhika who are cousins (marriage within cross-cousins is common in India). The annual festival is for the village deity is conducted by the patriarch with pomp.

Kannan is the apple of the large joint family's eye and is spoiled by all. Radhika comes to join the family for the village festival and suddenly, Kannan's position is usurped. He first antagonizes and humiliates her going so far as to hide in her bathroom while she goes to take bath which backfires with him becoming hated in the household and being thrown out of the house forcing him to stay with his friends.

Radhika apologizes for exposing him in his bathroom stunt revealing that she is in love with him since childhood and came here explicitly to see him. Their love blossoms much to the ire of Radhika's paternal grandmother who has other plans for her, to get her married to her US based cross-cousin and settle there.

Things get ugly and culminates in the festival leading to the death of Radhika, her US based cousin, his grandfather and Kannan going to prison coming out after 16 years taking the mantle of the grandfather as the oldest surviving male.



Varusham 16 is a remake of director Fazil's own Malayalam film Ennennum Kannettante.[2][3] The role of the lead actress was offered to Nirosha; due to her clash of dates, the director choose to cast Khushbu.[4]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics by Vaali.[5][6] The song "Gangai Karai Mannanadi" is set in Todi, a Hindustani raga,[7] "Hey Aiyasamy" is set in Dharmavati, a Carnatic raga,[8] "Karayatha Manamum" is set to Hema Bhushani,[9] "Pazhamuthir Cholai" is set in Harikambhoji,[10][11] and "Poo Pookum Masam" is set in Keeravani.[12] For the Telugu-dubbed version Premanjali, all lyrics were written by Rajasri.[13]

Tamil track list
1."Pazhamuthir Cholai"K. J. Yesudas4:36
2."Hey Aiyasamy"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra4:31
3."Poo Pookum Masam"P. Susheela4:45
4."Gangai Karai Mannanadi"K. J. Yesudas5:40
5."Karayatha Manamum"K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra4:29
Total length:24:01
Telugu track list (Premanjali)
1."Brundaavaname Naakosame"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:31
2."Hey Chitti Naannaa"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela4:29
3."Koothaku Vacchenu"P. Susheela4:34
4."Raagaale Paadedhane"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:11
Total length:17:45

Release and reception[edit]

Varusham 16 was released on 18 February 1989.[14] N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express wrote that Karthik "puts much life and energy into his role", Khushbu "looks just out of school" and Viswanathan was "great as the head of the family", while also appreciating Jayabharathi, Vadivukkarasi and Charle's performances.[15] P. S. S. of Kalki said the film could be watched for the cast performances.[16] Karthik won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil.[17]


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  3. ^ Umashanker, Sudha (2 May 1998). "Penchant for riveting romances". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 27 April 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
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  7. ^ Mani, Charulatha (21 December 2012). "Towering Todi". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  8. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 131.
  9. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 137.
  10. ^ "Positively tranquil". The Hindu. 7 December 2013. Archived from the original on 27 October 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  11. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 153.
  12. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 154.
  13. ^ "Premanjali". Archived from the original on 20 February 2023. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  14. ^ "வருஷம்.16". The Indian Express (in English and Tamil). 18 February 1989. p. 3. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  15. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (17 March 1989). "Varusham 16". The Indian Express. p. 5. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  16. ^ பி.எஸ்.எஸ். (12 March 1989). "வருஷம்.16". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 17. Archived from the original on 31 July 2022. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  17. ^ "Double honour for Kamal". The Indian Express. Express News Service. 14 June 1990. p. 3. Retrieved 15 May 2021.


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