|Thulladha Manamum Thullum
|N. Prasanna Kumar (dialogues)
|R. B. Choudary
|S. A. Rajkumar
Thulladha Manamum Thullum (transl. Even hearts that do not bounce, will bounce) is a 1999 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by debutant Ezhil. It stars Vijay and Simran in the lead roles, while Manivannan, Dhamu and Vaiyapuri among others play supporting roles. The film is produced by R. B. Choudary and has its music composed by S. A. Rajkumar and cinematography performed by R. Selva.
Thulladha Mananum Thullum released on 29 January 1999 and became a huge commercial success. The film went on to be remade in Telugu as Nuvvu Vastavani ,in Kannada as O Nanna Nalle , in Bengali as Sathi, in Odia as I Love You, in Bhojpuri as Pyar Jab Kenhu Se Hoi Jala, and in Hindi as Lafangey Parindey .
Kutty is an aspiring but struggling singer who works for a local cable provider Mani. He is unable to get recognition and a stage to exhibit his musical talent. Rukmini "Rukku", a college student, is new to the locality where Kutty stays, and on hearing Kutty's voice, she becomes his fan and decides to seek him and encourage his talent as his voice resembles that of her late father. However, Rukmini always catches Kutty in negative situations and, not knowing that he is Kutty, develops a hatred for him as she thinks that he is a rowdy. Once, when Kutty is pickpocketed, he pursues the pickpocket to Rukmini's college. In the process, he accidentally drops a bottle of acid to the ground, which causes Rukmini, who is present at the spot where the acid bottle fell, to become blind.
Kutty is horrified when he finds out that he is the reason Rukmini had become blind. To make amends, he decides to become her close companion and help her in every way possible. Soon, love blossoms between the two. When Kutty's mother dies, he finds out that her eyes had been donated. He decides to arrange the operation to restore Rukmini’s eyesight with his mother's eyes, but as the price of the operation turns out to be very high, he accepts an offer from a Sikh man to donate a kidney for his Pune-based father for ₹40,000. Having paid for Rukmini’s surgery, Kutty leaves for Pune to donate his kidney. While waiting at the railway station to return to Chennai, he is framed as a terrorist and arrested.
Seven years later, Kutty is released from prison and returns to Chennai, only to find out that Rukmini had moved out of their locality and is now a collector, her eyesight having been restored as well. But Rukmini, on seeing Kutty and not knowing that he is Kutty, orders for him to be arrested, in revenge for his "rowdy activities" in the past and for making her blind. But when Kutty begins to sing, Rukmini realises that the "rowdy" she had arrested is none other than Kutty. She apologises for misunderstanding him, and they happily embrace, rekindling their relationship.
The film saw director Ezhil, an erstwhile assistant to Robert–Rajasekar, Panneer and Parthiban, make his debut as a filmmaker under R. B. Choudary's production house Super Good Films. The film's concept was inspired from Charlie Chaplin's City Lights (1931) that Ezhil had watched during a film festival. An earlier version of the script showed the lead character as a painter. The initial title for the film was Rukmanikkaga but Choudary later changed it to Thulladha Manamum Thullum.
Ezhil initially wanted comedian Vadivelu to play the lead role. Murali was also considered before Vijay was selected. 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.Prior to its 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. Rambha was initially supposed to do the project, but as the project underwent changes, the actress opted out before she was replaced by Simran.
Principal photography began with the "Dhuddu" song as the director felt it would give the team some time to gel, this was choreographed by Raju Sundaram.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.
The soundtrack 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 learning that Ezhil had assisted Robert–Rajasekar, the duo who introduced him in films.
The song "Thodu Thodu Enave" is reused from "Kila Kila Navve" from a previous Telugu-language film, Suryavamsam (1998). This song is tuned in Shuddha Dhanyasi. The song "Meghamaai Vandhu" which was supposed to be the theme song of the film, was inspired from Urdu song "Sayonee" sang by the band Junoon in 1997 in Pakistan; Ezhil wanted a Tamil version of it. After the song was recorded, he learned that Deva had used the same tune for "Salomiya" from Kannedhirey Thondrinal . Rajkumar told him not to worry and gave him the tune of "Innisai Paadi Varum".
|"Thoda Thodu Enavae Vanavil"
|Hariharan, K. S. Chithra
|"Innisai Paadivarum" (male)
|"Innisai Paadivarum" (female)
|"Innisai Paadivarum" (sad)
|P. Unnikrishnan, Chorus
Thulladha Manamum Thullum was released on 29 January 1999. The film received positive reviews and became a commercial success (ran over 200 days at the box office).
Kala Krishnan Ramesh from 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)".Rajitha of Rediff.com praised the "unusual premise" and wrote that Ezhil "makes a strong debut with this film". Ananda Vikatan rated the film 41 out of 100.
The film won three awards at the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, which include second prize for Best Film (R. B. Choudary), Best Actress (Simran), and the MGR Honorary Award (Vijay).
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