April Maadhathil

April Maadhathil (transl. In the month of April) is a 2002 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film written and directed by newcomer S. S. Stanley. It stars Srikanth and Sneha in the lead roles, with Gayatri Jayaraman, Venkat Prabhu, Devan and Karunas among others in the supporting cast. The film, which had music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography handled by M. V. Panneerselvam, released on 29 November 2002.[1] The film was later dubbed into Hindi as Mr. Rangeela and in Telugu as Vaallidharu and released in 2004. The film's title is inspired by a song from Vaali.

April Maadhathil
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Directed byS. S. Stanley
Produced byV. Gnanavelu
V. Jayaprakash
Written byS. S. Stanley
StarringSrikanth
Sneha
Gayatri Jayaraman
Venkat Prabhu
Karunas
Music byYuvan Shankar Raja
CinematographyM. V. Panneerselvam
Edited byAnil Malnad
Production
company
G. J. Cinema
Release date
  • 29 November 2002 (2002-11-29)
Running time
153 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

PlotEdit

It's a story of friendship among eight girls and boys. Kathir is an intelligent guy who grew up in a poor family. His younger brother stopped his education for Kathir. In college, Kathir meets a girl named Shwetha and over time they become friends. Many guys are interested in her, but she finds something different about Kathir. The friends then decide to visit each others homes for their vacation. At Shwetha's home, they learn that Shwetha's father is thinking of getting her married the next year. At graduation, they cut their names on a tree since it is their final year. Though Kathir and Shwetha love each other, they are unable to express it. The rest of the story is about how they get together.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

S. S. Stanley who had apprenticed with directors Mahendran and Sasi made his directorial debut with this film. It was Srikanth's second film after Rojakoottam.

The film was mostly shot at the YMCA College of Physical Education in Chennai, since a large part of the film plays in a campus, filming was held at locations in Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty and Visakhapatnam.[2][3]

ReleaseEdit

After the success, S. S. Stanley and Srikanth again collaborated with films like Kizhakku Kadalkarai Salai and Mercury Pookal which failed to replicate the success of their first collaboration.

Critical receptionEdit

The Hindu wrote: "Stanley who heads [sic] direction, deserves special mention for a very decent handling of romance."[4]

SoundtrackEdit

April Maadhathil
Soundtrack album by
Released
6 October 2002 (India)
Recorded2002
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length27:40
LabelThe Best Audio
ProducerYuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Kadhal Samrajyam
(2002)
April Maadhathil
(2002)
Bala
(2002)

The soundtrack, which released on 6 October 2002, was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, who himself had sung one of the songs. Opera singer Shekhina Shawn Jazeel sang one song under the name Prasanna.[5] The soundtrack features 6 songs with lyrics written by five different lyricists, Pazhani Bharathi, Pa. Vijay, Thamarai, Na. Muthukumar and Snehan. The song "Bailomo Bailomo" originally composed for this film was used in Shaam starrer Bala.[6]

Track # Song Singer(s) Duration Lyricist Notes
1 "Yeh Nenje" Harish Raghavendra, Sadhana Sargam 5:11 Thamarai
2 "Azhagaana Aangal" Prasanna 4:27 Pazhani Bharathi
3 "Kanavugal Pookkum" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Pop Shalini 4:32 Na. Muthukumar
4 "Manasae Manasae" Karthik 4:58 Pa. Vijay
5 "Poi Solla Manasukku" Yuvan Shankar Raja 5:05 Snehan
6 "Sight Adippom" Silambarasan, Karthik 4:27 Pa. Vijay

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Srikanth". Sify. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Romance on campus". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 6 September 2002. Archived from the original on 8 September 2003. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20020911201120/http://www.chennaionline.com/location/april.asp
  4. ^ "April Madhathil". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 6 December 2002. Archived from the original on 3 October 2003.
  5. ^ Kumar, Divya (5 April 2012). "Vocal Score". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  6. ^ "Success guaranteed". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 19 November 2005. Archived from the original on 22 March 2006.

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