Time (1999 film)

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Directed by Geetha Krishna
Written byGeetha Krishna
Gokula Krishnan (dialogues)
Produced byVaddi Veerabadhra Rao
Starring Prabhu Deva
Radhika Chaudhry
Cinematography M. V. Panneerselvam
Edited by Suresh Urs
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 3 December 1999 (1999-12-03)

Time is a 1999 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by Geetha Krishna. The film stars Prabhu Deva, Simran and Radhika Chaudhry. It was released on 3 December 1999. [1]




The film marked the directorial debut of Geetha Krishna in Tamil, and began as a quadrilingual venture in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam. Prashanth was initially announced as the hero in the film as early as November 1997 when the film's launch took place. Prashanth started working for the film in Kodaikanal during October 1998 but later backed out, while Ajith Kumar also refused the film due to lack of time. After several delays, Prabhu Deva was subsequently selected to play the lead role and the film was shot only in Tamil, [2] [3] though a dubbed Telugu version was made. [4] Two debutant actresses were announced to portray the lead female roles, Menaka Senail and Radhika Chaudhari, though the former was later replaced by Simran. Model Bobbu Poonai made his acting debut as the antagonist. [5]


The songs were composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Palani Bharathi. [6] To compose the songs, Ilaiyaraaja and Geetha Krishna went on a recce to Maldives and had longlisted thirty songs for the film, before picking six. [7] [8]

"Kadhal Neethana" Unni Krishnan, Sujatha 05:01
"Muthu Nilave" Karthik Raja, Gopika Poornima 05:50
"Naan Thanga Roja" Swarnalatha, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 05:10
"Ninachapadi" Unni Menon, Devan, Malgudi Subha 05:42
"Niram Pirithu"Sujatha05:16
"Thavikkiren Thavikkiren" Bhavatharini, Hariharan 05:11


Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu wrote, "TWO ASPECTS of Time stand out – Ilaiyaraja's re-recording and M. V. Paneer's camera work. As for the rest, there isn't much to be said". [9] K. N. Vijiyan of New Straits Times wrote the film has shades of Kadhal Kottai (1996), but "the story gets a little muddled in the end". [10]

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