Thulladha Manamum Thullum

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Thulladha Manamum Thullum
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Directed by Ezhil
Produced by R. B. Choudary
Written byEzhil
Starring Vijay
Music by S. A. Rajkumar
CinematographyR. Selva
Edited byV. Jaishankar
Release date
  • 29 January 1999 (1999-01-29)
Running time
150 minutes

Thulladha Manamum Thullum (transl.Hearts that don't jump, will jump) is a 1999 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by debutant Ezhil. The film stars Vijay and Simran, while Manivannan, Dhamu and Vaiyapuri among others play supporting roles. The film, produced by R. B. Choudary, has its score and soundtrack composed by S. A. Rajkumar and cinematography performed by R. Selva. The film won two awards at the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards with Simran winning Best Actress [1] and Vijay winning the MGR honorary award.



The film begins with Kutty (Vijay) waiting at the Pune station for his train back to Chennai. As he waits, he tears a scrap of paper from a pillar that reveals a carving of the name ‘Rukmani’. During his journey, he meets some students from Chennai and goes on to tell them that he’s an ex-convict having been released from Pune jail after serving a 7 year sentence. Kutty reveals the reason for his conviction through a flashback sequence.

Kutty is an aspiring singer, currently working for a local cable provider run by Mani (Manivannan) in Chennai. He meets a girl called Rukku (Simran), and their romance starts to blossom.

One day, while chasing after a pickpocket, Kutty finds himself at the same college that Rukku attends Rukku was in the chemical lab. A terrible accident happens because when vijay was running he accidentally spilled the chemical that causes Rukku to lose her sight. Kutty is wracked with guilt and decides to devote himself to her every need. He quickly falls in love and regularly writes to tell his mother about his romance.

After Kutty’s mother dies, His mother donates her eyes to Rukku her organ donation helps Rukku to gain her sight back. The pair lose touch and eventually rekindle their relationship.




The film saw director Ezhil, an erstwhile assistant to Robert-Rajashekhar, Panneer and Parthiban, make his debut as a film-maker under R. B. Choudary's production house. The film's concept was inspired from Charlie Chaplin star City Lights that Ezhil had watched during a film festival. An earlier version of the script showed Vijay's character as a painter. [2] The initial title for the film was "Rukmanikkaga” but producer RB Chaudhary later changed it to Thullatha Manamum Thullum. [2]


Initially, Ezhil wanted comedian Vadivelu to play the lead role. Vadivelu, who was impressed with the story, has said to Ezhil that the storyline was too good and he doesn't know whether it will work with him in the lead. Vadivelu asked Ezhil to wait for six months, and if he didn't find anyone else by then, he would take the role. Vadivelu was then replaced by Vijay. [3] Murali was also considered for the lead role before Vijay was selected. [2] On the suggestion of his friends, Ezhil decided to make the film with a commercial hero and changed the entire script retaining only the emotional core of City Lights. [2] Prior to release, the role of Vijay's mother in the film was kept under wraps with the media speculating who would play the role. Eventually, no actress played the role although the character played a pivotal part in the film. [4] Vijay took a pay cut for the film, accepting only 30 lakh instead of 50 lakh, as he had signed the film before the release of his film Kadhalukku Mariyadhai . [5] Rambha was initially supposed to do the project, but as the project underwent changes, the actress opted out before she was replaced by Simran. [2]


The film's shoot began with the "Dhuddu" song as the director felt it would give the team some time to gel. This was the first Vijay song which Raju Sundaram choreographed. [2] The story takes place in Triplicane because Ezhil had lived there for a while in his uncle's house. The team scouted for a long time to find a suitable location that fit the story's requirements however a chance visit to the set of a Malayalam film at Murugalaya Studios convinced Ezhil that erecting a set would be far more cost-effective and thus set resembling Triplicane was erected. [2]


Thulladha Manamum Thullum
Soundtrack album by
Released15 January 1999
Genre Soundtrack
Label Star Music
Sa Re Ga Ma
Producer S. A. Rajkumar
S. A. Rajkumar chronology
Suriya Paarvai
Thulladha Manamum Thullum

The soundtrack of the film was composed by S. A. Rajkumar, while lyrics were written by Vairamuthu and Muthu Vijayan. Rajkumar agreed to compose the music for this film after coming to know that Ezhil had assisted Robert-Rajasekaran, the duo who introduced him in films. [2]

The song "Meghamaai Vandhu" which was supposed to be the theme song of the film, was inspired from Punjabi song "sayonee" sang by the band Junoon in 1997 in Pakistan; Ezhil wanted Tamil version of it. After the song was recorded, he came to know that Deva had used the same tune for "Salomiya" from Kannedhirey Thondrinal . SA Rajkumar told him not to worry and gave him the tune of "Innisai Paadi Varum". [2]

1."Thoda Thodu Enavae Vanavil" Vairamuthu Hariharan, K. S. Chithra 4:44
2."Innisai Paadivarum (Male)"Vairamuthu P. Unni Krishnan 4:55
3."Irupathu Kodi"VairamuthuHariharan5:05
4."Innisai Paadivarum (Female)"VairamuthuK.S.Chithra4:55
5."Palapalakkudhu"VairamuthuGopal Rao5:02
6."Megamai Vanthu"Muthu Vijayan Rajesh Krishnan 4:21
7."Kakkai Siraginilae" Bharathiyar Sujatha 1:21
8."Innisai Paadivarum (Sad)"VairamuthuP. Unni Krishnan, Chorus5:03
Total length:34:06


The film released on 29 January 1999 and ran for over 200 days in theatres across Tamil Nadu. The satellite rights of the film were secured by Sun TV. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.


A critic from the Deccan Herald mentioned that "the experience of seeing the film is simply thrilling", mentioning that the success comes from "the naivete, the simplicity, the absolute lack of sophistication, and from the delightful hero (Vijay)". [6]


Tamil Nadu State Film Awards


Owing to its success, the film was remade in Kannada as O Nanna Nalle , [8] in Telugu as Nuvvu Vastavani , [9] in Bengali as Sathi , [10] in Odia as I Love You [11] and in Bhojpuri as Pyar Jab Kenhu Se Hoi Jala (2008).


The success of the film led to more offers for Simran, who with Thulladha Manamum Thullum and Vaali , established herself among the leading actresses in Tamil films. [12] Vijay and Simran were also paired together in several other films after the success of Thulladha Manamum Thullum, with projects titled Priyamanavale and Udhaya launched weeks after this film's release. [4]

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