Aval Varuvala (English: Will She Come Over?) is a 1998 Indian Tamil-language romantic thriller film directed by Raj Kapoor. It is the Tamil remake of the 1997 Telugu movie Pelli, which itself was based on the 1980 Malayalam movie Manjil Virinja Pookkal and Julia Roberts starrer Sleeping With The Enemy. The film featured Ajith and Simran in the lead roles, Sujatha, and Babloo Prithiveeraj and in other significant roles. This film became a commercial success.
|Directed by||Raj Kapoor|
|Produced by||Venkata Apparao C. H. |
B. B. Subbarao
|Screenplay by||Raj Kapoor|
|Story by||Srinivaasa Chakravarthy|
|Based on||Pelli (Telugu)|
|Music by||S. A. Rajkumar|
|Edited by||B. Lenin,|
V. T. Vijayan
Sri Vijayamathruka Films
|15 May 1998|
Jeeva (Ajith) lives with his grandmother Lakshmi (Radha Bhai) in Madurai and says that he would marry the girl that he likes at first sight. He goes to Chennai after getting a job as a bank manager there. In a shopping mall, he gets a glimpse of Divya (Simran) and falls in love with her. He identifies her scooter model and goes on a mission in search of her to end up in a colony surrounded by comedians - Dhandabani (Goundamani), Michael Jackson (Senthil), Major Ramachandran (Venniradai Moorthy), Savithri (Kovai Sarala), and James Thomson (Dhamu). The colony people mistakenly think that Jeeva is trying to steal the scooter, and therefore, he lied that he was looking for a house to rent. Then, he agreed to stay in the colony after confirming that Divya and her mother Janaki (Sujatha) are residing in the colony.
From there on, Jeeva tries to impress Divya. The comedians find out that Jeeva is trying to approach Divya and agree to help him. They ask Janaki’s opinion about Divya’s marriage. However, Divya refused the offer, saying that she is not interested in getting married. A lonely, sad, pathetic-looking Janaki seemed to hide something. The gang gives a few ideas to persuade Divya, but they all failed. Eventually, tired of foolish ideas, Jeeva tells Janaki that he wants to marry her daughter. Impressed by Jeeva’s good manner, Janaki advised Divya to accept him. Truthful to the expectations, Divya revealed that Janaki is actually her mother-in-law.
Knowing that Jeeva loves her, Divya insults him so that he would give up, but he did not. Every time Jeeva did well to her, it reminds her of her ex-husband Prithvi's (Babloo Prithiveeraj) cruelty, and she started to compare them both. In a dramatic flashback, Prithvi is killed (so we think) by Divya when he encourages his friends to sexually abuse her. Believing that the bad time is behind them, Janaki and Divya start a new life in a new town as a mother-daughter team. Divya falls in love with Jeeva with the comedians' help. However, Janaki did not allow Divya to tell Jeeva about her past. The whole colony was cheered by the news, and they arranged an engagement.
Prithvi returns for their betrothal to reclaim his possession. He blackmails Divya to sleep with him on one night before her marriage and asks Jeeva to sanction him a loan of Rs. 25 lakhs; otherwise, he will reveal the truth to everyone. Somehow, Jeeva knows the truth and claimed to be proud to become Divya’s husband. This distracts Prithvi, who then decides to stop the marriage. What can a good mother do to stop her evil son? She poisons him and kills herself too for the sake of a peaceful life for her daughter-in-law.
- Ajith as Jeeva[a]
- Simran as Divya (Voice dubbed by Jayageetha)
- Sujatha as Janaki
- Babloo Prithiveeraj as Prithvi
- Goundamani as Dhandabani
- Senthil as Michael Jackson
- Venniradai Moorthy as Major Ramachandran
- Kovai Sarala as Savithri
- Dhamu as James Thomson
- Jayalalita as Ammukutty
- Kavitha as Roobini
- Idichapuli Selvaraj as Nathan
- Radha Bhai as Lakshmi, Jeeva's grandmother
- Master Manikandan as Oosi Babu
The film progressed after another Tamil film based on the same premise was shelved. The shelved Unnai Vida Maatten by MG Pictures starring Sathyaraj, Abbas, and Rambha, had also been a take on Sleeping with the Enemy (1991). The film's name is based on a song from Nerukku Ner.
Indolink.com gave the film a mixed review citing that "Simran shows she can act too. She is almost getting the correct lip-sync for Tamil dialogues" and "Sujatha is as usual, ready to break into tears at anytime", while "Ajith has very little to do in this female oriented movie". The reviewer added that Prithviraj as the sadist "does a good job, though it looks outrageous."
|1.||"Sikki Mukki"||Palani Bharathi||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra||4:53|
|2.||"Idhu Kaadhalin"||Palani Bharathi||P. Jayachandran||4:19|
|3.||"Kaadhal Enna"||Palani Bharathi||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||3:53|
|4.||"Ooh Vandhadhu"||Palani Bharathi||Hariharan||4:32|
|5.||"Rukku Rukku"||Palani Bharathi||Mano||4:24|
|6.||"Selaiyile Veedu"||Palani Bharathi||Unni Krishnan, K. S. Chitra||4:29|
- Ajith Kumar is credited as "Ajith" in the film.
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