Thulluvadho Ilamai

Last updated

Thulluvadho Ilamai
Thulluvadho Ilamai.jpg
Poster
Directed by Kasthuri Raja
Produced byM. Ramakrishnan
Screenplay by Selvaraghavan
Story byKasthuri Raja
Starring Dhanush
Sherin
Abhinay
Ramesh
Shilpa
Gangeshwari
Ramesh Khanna
Music byScore:
Viji Manuel
Songs:
Yuvan Shankar Raja
CinematographyAshok Raaj
Arvind Krishna
Edited by Suresh Urs
Production
company
Karthik Cine Visions
Release date
  • 10 May 2002 (2002-05-10)
Running time
144 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Thulluvadho Ilamai (transl.Exuberance of Youth) is a 2002 Indian Tamil-language coming of age drama film written and directed by Kasthuri Raja. It is co-written by Selvaraghavan and the film marks the acting debut of Dhanush, who plays the lead role. The film also features other newcomers Abhinay, Sherin, Ramesh, Shilpa and Gangeshwari in major roles, and features prominent film personalities Vijayakumar, Ramesh Khanna, Pyramid Natarajan, playing supporting roles.

Contents

The film depicts the story of six high-school classmates, three boys and three girls, coming from different strata of society, who have each their own problems in their respective families and escape from their homes, deciding to live together on their own with the help of an older friend of theirs.

While the soundtrack was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, Viji Manuel composed the film score. The film was released on 10 May 2002. [1]

Plot

Mahesh (Dhanush) is the son of a poor fisherman (Thalaivasal Vijay). He grows up seeing his parents always having sex or fighting.

Pooja (Sherin) is the daughter of an orthodox and very strict businessman (Pyramid Natarajan), who is always suspicious about her.

Vishnu's (Abhinay) father neglects his mother and instead has his maid servant as his paramour.

Anitha's (Shilpa) parents live abroad, concentrating merely on their work and business, having no time for their daughter and always neglecting her.

Harish (Ramesh) is regularly beaten up and mistreated by his sadistic father.

These five people and another girl named Divya (Gangeshwari) are high school students and best friends. When they find out that Anitha is addicted to drugs, they decide to run away from their homes along with Mani (Ramesh Khanna), a pavement bookseller and an older friend of theirs in order to rehabilitate her, but also as a result of their discontent and feeling of alienation from their respective families.

However, their attempts are a waste. They struggle to survive in the outside world. Being young and immature, their daily life becomes hell for them. They reside in a hotel and get caught by the police who mistake them to be doing illicit activities. Rescued by Mani, they roam the streets and seek shelter in abandoned places. They try to make money for themselves after the cash they brought with them is taken by the inspector.

Contacting their parents make their situation worse. All of them realize that their parents do not care about them at all and wouldn't even bother to worry if they are dead. Feeling disappointed they continue on their journey. Pooja and Mahesh, at a stage, get intimate much to Divya's shock. When she questions Ramesh and scolds Divya, neither of the speak a word. Vishnu soon realizes that the remaining money he had went missing, and Anitha too is no where to be found. Suspecting her to have been going behind drugs they start looking for her. Late at night, Vishnu, Mani and Mahesh go look for Anitha while Pooja and Divya stay with Harish.

They spot Anitha being brought by a man to be sell her as prostitute and Harish fight them, only to get stabbed. Realizing that they have no other way to survive 'safely' in this world, they decide to return home. They finally return to their school, where the principal (Vijayakumar) lectures the students' parents, blaming them for the students' escape attempt and misbehavior.

Hearing the principal's words and her father scolding her, Pooja consumes an unnamed acid from her school Lab while hearing that, Mahesh jumps from the second floor. Both are rushed to the hospital where fortunately, they survive. Ignoring the parents, the rest of their class and batch mates get into the ICU to meet them.

Happy that they are save, they start laughing and mocking each other. The principal tells the parents that they are not worried about what happened and are happy. Feeling ashamed, the parents leave the children alone.

All these are told in a flashback where Mahesh, now in military, comes back to his school and recalled the memories. He had not disturbed Pooja after that and has no idea where his friends are now. Assuring himself that they would have been well off as he is now, he gets interrupted by the principal. But the principal does not recognize Mahesh and walks off. Mahesh tells himself that the principal does not remember him as he would have seen many students in all these years.

Cast

Production

Selvaraghavan, son of director Kasthuri Raja had written the script and also directed the film. When his family faced financial pressures in the early 2000s with his father was out of work, and subsequently they decided to put their remaining earnings into the film. Featuring his brother Dhanush in his first role, alongside Sherin and Abhinay, the film told the coming-of-age story of six high school students and featured a hit soundtrack by Yuvan Shankar Raja. [2]

Soundtrack

Thulluvadho Ilamai
Soundtrack album by
Released
21 March 2002
Recorded2002
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length36:48 (First release)
43:24 (Second release)
Label Star Music
Sa Re Ga Ma
Producer Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Dheena
(2000)
Thulluvadho Ilamai
(2002)
Manadhai Thirudivittai
(2001)

The soundtrack was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, marking the first collaboration of the Yuvan Shankar Raja-Selvaraghavan duo, which would later go on to become one of the most successful combos in Tamil cinema. [3] [4] [5] [6] Viji Manuel composed the film score on Yuvan Shankar Raja's request who had to leave for London on an urgent work. [7] The soundtrack initially featured 7 songs overall, later a second CD was released which included 3 additional short tracks. The song "Theenda Theenda", based on the Carnatic rāga Reetigowla, [8] had two versions, a female solo and a duet version. The lyrics were written by Pa. Vijay except one song, was written by Selvaraghavan.

The album, receiving highly positive reviews, described as youthful and refreshing, is considered a breakthrough album for composer Yuvan Shankar Raja, turning him into a leading composer in the Tamil film industry. Thanks to this album, he grew up in popularity, particularly among the younger generation, who could identify themselves with the songs. [9]

All lyrics are written by Pa. Vijay, except the track "Kann Munney" was written by Selvaraghavan.

First release
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Idhu Kaadhala" Yuvan Shankar Raja 4:32
2."Theenda Theenda" (Duet) P. Unnikrishnan, Bombay Jayashree 5:21
3."Kann Munney"Yuvan Shankar Raja, Timmy6:01
4."Vayadhu Vaa Vaa" Srinivas, Harini 4:28
5."Neruppu Koothadikudhu" Venkat Prabhu, Chitra Sivaraman 5:10
6."Theenda Theenda" (Solo)Bombay Jayashree5:19
7."Kaatrukku Kaatrukku" Harish Raghavendra, Harini, Febi Mani, Sunder Rajan5:57
Second release
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
8."Theepiditha Kangal" Bonnie Chakraborty 2:19
9."Vaanam Oru"Yuvan Shankar Raja, Bonnie Chakraborty, Lavanya2:46
10."Theme Music" Instrumental 1:31

Release

After taking a small opening, the film began to get teen audiences to cinema halls for its adolescent themes. It subsequently went on to become a sleeper hit. [1] Post-release, Selvaraghavan stated that he had also directed the film but was forced to credit his more established film-maker father Kasthuri Raja as the director, in order to help the project find a distributor. [2]

Remake

This film was later remade for Telugu audience, in 2003, as Juniors starring Allari Naresh and Sherin reprising her role.

Related Research Articles

Yuvan Shankar Raja Indian composer and singer-songwriter

Yuvan Shankar Raja is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer and singer-songwriter. He predominantly scores music for Tamil films. Considered a versatile composer, he is particularly known for his use of Western music elements and often credited with having introduced hip hop to the Tamil film and music industry and started the "era of remixes" in Tamil Nadu. Yuvan has won two Filmfare Awards, four Vijay Awards and three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. His notable works have led him the honorific nickname "Youth Icon".

Sherin Shringar, known by her stage name Sherin or Shirin is an Indian actress, who has appeared in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu-language films. After making her debut in Kannada films, Sherin received acclaim following her role in Thulluvadho Ilamai (2002), and has since starred in films including the horror drama Whistle (2003).She is a finalist of the reality show, Bigg Boss Tamil 3

Selvaraghavan Indian film director

Selvaraghavan is an Indian film director and screenwriter who has directed predominantly Tamil language films. After writing the script for his father's directorial venture Thulluvadho Ilamai (2002) which stars his brother Dhanush, Selvaraghavan went on to make a series of romantic drama films with Kadhal Kondein (2003) and 7G Rainbow Colony (2004) before also venturing into coming-of-age films Pudhupettai (2006) and Mayakkam Enna (2011), both starring Dhanush. He has also ventured into making science fiction and fantasy films, such as depicting a fantasy Chola kingdom in Aayirathil Oruvan (2010) and a parallel universe in Irandam Ulagam (2013). He has been critically acclaimed for his directorial skills.

<i>Kaadhal Kondein</i> 2003 film by K. Selvaraghavan

Kaadhal Kondein is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language romantic psychological thriller film inspired from Fear, a 1996 American psychological thriller directed by James Foley, written and directed by Selvaraghavan, starring his brother Dhanush and newcomer Sonia Agarwal in lead roles, whilst newcomers Sudeep Sarangi, Nagesh and Daniel Balaji play supporting roles. The film, which has music scored by noted musician Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography handled by Arvind Krishna, released on 4 July 2003, winning critical acclaim and becoming a commercial success upon release, and is considered as the breakthrough film of Dhanush that catapulted him into the main foray of lead actors in the Tamil film industry.

<i>Pudhupettai</i> 2006 film by K. Selvaraghavan

Pudhupettai is a 2006 Indian Tamil-language gangster film written and directed by Selvaraghavan, starring his brother Dhanush in the lead, and Sneha and Sonia Agarwal in the lead female roles. The film, with music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography by Arvind Krishna, Selvaraghavan's usual crew members, was released on 26 May 2006.

Dhanush Indian actor

Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthoori Raja, better known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian actor, producer, director, writer, lyricist, screenwriter and playback singer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. Due to his martial arts influenced fight scenes in films, he has been nicknamed the "Indian Bruce Lee" by Indian media and fans. Starring in 44 films over his career, among Dhanush's awards include 13 SIIMA Awards, nine Vijay Awards, seven Filmfare Awards South, five Vikatan Awards, five Edison Awards, three National Film Awards and a Filmfare Award. He has been included in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list six times, which is based on the earnings of Indian celebrities.

<i>Koffee with DD</i> TV talk show

Koffee with DD is an Indian Tamil language talk show aired on Star Vijay, hosted by Dhivyadharshini. The show was previously known as Koffee with Suchi and Koffee with Anu after the names of previous hosts, Suchitra and Anu Hasan.

<i>Yaaradi Nee Mohini</i> 2008 film by Mithran Jawahar

Yaaradi Nee Mohini is a 2008 Indian Tamil romantic comedy film directed by Mithran Jawahar. It is a remake of the 2007 Telugu hit Aadavari Matalaku Arthale Verule, directed by Selvaraghavan that starred Venkatesh with Dhanush, Selvaraghavan's brother, and Nayantara in lead roles, whilst Karthik Kumar, Raghuvaran, legendary Telugu film director K. Vishwanath, Karunas, and Saranya Mohan play supporting roles and slightly different climax. The music was scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The title is derived from a song from the 1958 Sivaji Ganesan-Padmini starrer Uthama Puthiran.

<i>Aayirathil Oruvan</i> (2010 film) Indian action adventure film by Selvaraghavan

Aayirathil Oruvan is a 2010 Tamil-language action-adventure film written and directed by Selvaraghavan and produced by R. Ravindran. The film stars Karthi, Reemma Sen and Andrea Jeremiah in the lead with Parthiepan playing a pivotal role. It is the first instalment in the two-part series, followed by Aayirathil Oruvan 2. It revolves around three characters, Muthu (Karthi), Anitha and Lavanya, who embark on an adventure to search for a missing archaeologist. It is inspired loosely by the historical decline of the Tamil Chola dynasty and the rise of the Tamil Pandya dynasty.

<i>Mayakkam Enna</i> 2011 film by K. Selvaraghavan

Mayakkam Enna is a 2011 Indian Tamil musical drama film written and directed by Selvaraghavan and produced by Gemini Film Circuit in association with Aum Productions Selvaraghavan its own banner. It stars his brother Dhanush, along with newcomer Richa Gangopadhyay, and features music scored by G. V. Prakash Kumar while the cinematography was handled by Ramji. Mayakkam Enna depicts the story of an aspiring wildlife photographer and his struggles in life. The film, produced and distributed by Gemini Film Circuit, was released on 25 November 2011. after originally being slated to air on the same day as Osthi.. The film was also dubbed and released in Telugu as Mr.Karthik.

<i>Kadhal 2 Kalyanam</i> Unreleased film directed by Milind Rau

Kadhal 2 Kalyanam is an unreleased Tamil-language romantic comedy film directed by newcomer Milind Rau that stars debutante Sathya, brother of Tamil actor Arya, and Divya Spandana in the lead roles, whilst, Jayashree, Nagendra Prasad, Kasthuri and Anuja Iyer play pivotal roles. Noted film critic Baradwaj Rangan had written the dialogues, while Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the film's score and soundtrack. The cinematography and editing were handled by P. S. Vinod and Leo John Paul, respectively. Pre-production works began by mid-2008, while the filming continued for over one year, being completed by July 2010. The film was jointly produced by Mirchi Movies and East Coast Entertainment, who are now not in the film-making business. Hence the movie remains unreleased.

Yuvan – Live in Concert

Yuvan – Live in Concert is a concert by Indian musician Yuvan Shankar Raja. The concert, Yuvan's second in his career, took place on Pongal, 16 January 2011 at the YMCA Grounds, Nandanam, Chennai. Following the announcement, popular Tamil television STAR Vijay agreed to collaborate, sponsoring, organising and marketing the concert, while airing a special television series about Yuvan Shankar Raja, with family members and prominent celebrities closely associated to him participating, besides producing a promotional music video, titled "I'll be there for you". The five-hour show, which was attended by 20,000 people, including several noted film personalities, was received very positively and considered a highly successful event. The concert was aired on 11 and 12 February, Friday and Saturday at 2000 hrs on Vijay TV.

Abhinay is an Indian film actor who has appeared in Malayalam and Tamil language films. He made his debut in the 2002 film, Thulluvadho Ilamai directed by Kasthuri Raja. He also appeared in advertisement of Oreo Biscuits.

<i>Nenjam Marappathillai</i> (upcoming film) Upcoming film by Selvaraghavan

Nenjam Marappathillai is an upcoming Indian Tamil-language horror film written and directed by Selvaraghavan, and produced by GLO Studios and co-produced by James. The film features S. J. Surya, Regina Cassandra and Nandita Swetha in the lead roles. Music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography by Arvind Krishna, Nenjam Marappathillai began production in January 2016 and wrapped by that June, but remained unreleased for more than 4 years. As of May 2020 due to Covid-19 situations it is said to be planned for an internet release.

Sathriyan is a 2017 Tamil action drama film written and directed by S. R. Prabhakaran and produced by Sathya Jyothi Films. The film was shot in Tiruchirappalli with Vikram Prabhu, Rio Raj, and Kavin play leading roles, while Manjima Mohan and Aishwarya Dutta play female lead roles. The supporting cast includes Sharath Lohitashwa, Aruldoss, Poster Nandakumar, Tara and Aadukalam Naren. The music was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja with cinematography by Sivakumar Vijayan and editing by M. Venkat. The film is certified with a clean 'U' certificate by the censor board and was released on 9 June 2017.

<i>Padaiveeran</i> 2018 Tamil film by Dhana

Padaiveeran is a 2018 Indian Tamil drama film written and directed by Dhana Sekaran. The film features Vijay Yesudas and debutant Amritha Aiyer in the lead roles, with Bharathiraja and Akhil in supporting roles. The film features music composed by Karthik Raja, editing by Bhuvan Srinivasan, and cinematography by Rajavel Mohan. Padaiveeran was released on 2 February 2018.

<i>NGK</i> (film) 2019 political action film by Selvaraghavan

NGK is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language political action film written and directed by Selvaraghavan. Suriya, Sai Pallavi, and Rakul Preet Singh play the lead roles while Devaraj, Ponvannan, Nizhalgal Ravi, and Rajkumar play pivotal roles. Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the music and Sivakumar Vijayan was the cinematographer. The film was produced by S. R. Prakashbabu and S. R. Prabhu of Dream Warrior Pictures. Pre-production and principal photography commenced in January 2018. The film was released on 31 May 2019 receiving polarized reviews although Suriya's performance was praised.

<i>Pyaar Prema Kaadhal</i> 2018 film directed by Elan

Pyaar Prema Kaadhal is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy film starring Harish Kalyan and debutant Raiza Wilson in the lead roles. The film is written and directed by Elan with music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, cinematography done by Raja Bhattacharjee, edited by S. Manikumaran and the film is jointly produced by Yuvan Shankar Raja and S. N. Rajarajan under their banners YSR Films and K Productions.

References

  1. 1 2 "Movies: The Rediff Review: Thulluvatho Ilamai". Rediff. 23 July 2002. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  2. 1 2 http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/article/35967.html
  3. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movies/news/GV-Prakash-replaces-Yuvan-Shankar-Raja/articleshow/7851329.cms
  4. http://www.sify.com/movies/selva-splits-with-yuvan-news-tamil-kkftLQhiejasi.html
  5. http://www.behindwoods.com/features/Slideshows/Slideshows1/director-musicdirector/page7.html
  6. http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-news-1/mar-10-01/selvaraghavan-yuvan-shankar-raja-01-03-10.html
  7. http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/music/back-with-a-bang/article6379597.ece
  8. Charulatha Mani (25 November 2011). "Arts / Music : Riveting Ritigowla". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  9. "The experience called Yuvan Shankar Raja". Behindwoods. Retrieved 12 July 2012.