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Alai (English: Wave) is a 2003 Indian Tamil romantic comedy film directed by Vikram Kumar. The film stars Silambarasan and Trisha Krishnan in the lead role, while Raghuvaran, Saranya, and Vivek played supporting roles. The score and soundtrack were composed by Vidyasagar and the film released in September 2003.

Alai
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DVD cover
Directed byVikram Kumar
Produced by
  • G V Prasad
Written byVikram Kumar
Starring
Music byVidyasagar
CinematographyS Murthy
Edited byA Sreekar Prasad
Production
company
Damini Enterprise
Release date
  • 12¬†September¬†2003¬†(2003-09-12)
Running time
158 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Contents

PlotEdit

Aathi (Silambarasan) and Meera (Trisha Krishnan) fall in love after the usual playful tiffs. On a visit to a friend's village for his marriage, the two of them help the friend stand up against his father and wed his sweetheart instead of the girl his father had fixed up his marriage with. With all these things, Aathi's father (Raghuvaran) arranges a marriage for him. After a big confusion, Aathi and Meera are together.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Prior to release, the film made headlines when Silambarasan revealed that he was to undergo an image makeover for the film and move away from his "mass image" after appearing in such roles in Kadhal Azhivathillai and Dum.[1]

ReleaseEdit

The film received generally poor reviews with a critic noting "with a wafer thin storyline the director attempts to stretch ones patience with so called humour and Trisha roaming in skimpy dresses. Post release the movie became popular only because of the song called "En Ragasiya Kanavugal".

"Soon after the failure of Alai, it was reported that the lead pair would come together for a project title Malai produced by P L Thenappan, but the project never took off.[2] After a sabbatical following this film, Vikram Kumar returned in 2009 with the successful horror film Yavarum Nalam. Silambarasan and Trisha later came together eventually for the critically acclaimed Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010) by Gautham Menon, which became a commercial success.[3]

[4] Another reviewer from The Hindu noted that "the youthful exploits of Silambarasan, the glamour of Trisha and the winsome music of Vidyasagar fail to do the trick, for the simple reason that the film lacks a taut screenplay with well-knit episodes.".[5] Simbu has to get over his Rajini fixation and try to do something original like acting for instance. The film became a financial failure at the box office.[6]

SoundtrackEdit

Alai
Soundtrack album by
Released25 June 2003
GenreFeature film soundtrack

There are six songs composed by Vidyasagar.[7] Solakattu Bommai is a re-used tune from Vidyasagar's Malayalam song "Chinga Masam" in Meeshamadhavan.

Song Title Singers Lyrics
"Alai Adikuthu" Shankar Mahadevan P. Vijay
"En Ragasiya Kanavukal" Karthik, Srivarthini Thamarai
"Nee Oru Desam" Sujatha Mohan, KK P. Vijay
"Paiya Paiya" Mathangi, Tippu Yugabharathi
"Solakattu Bommai" Devan, Pop Shalini Kabilan
"Thinga Kizhamaiyaana" Timmy, Karthik Arivumathi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brand equity". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2 June 2003.
  2. ^ "After Alai, it is Malai - Kannada Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 18 December 2004. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  3. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (4 March 2010). "Taste of candyfloss". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  4. ^ HostOnNet.com. "BizHat.com - Alai Review. Silambarasan, Trisha, Vivek, Kuralarasan, Raghuvaran, Saranya". Movies.bizhat.com. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Alai". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 26 September 2003.
  6. ^ "Manmadhan comes calling". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 9 December 2004.
  7. ^ Alai (2003), raaga.com, retrieved 20 December 2011