Ennavale (English: Dear Girl) is a 2000 Indian Tamil-language romantic film directed by J. Suresh which features Madhavan and Sneha in the lead roles. The film also featured Manivannan, Thalaivasal Vijay and Charle in pivotal roles, while music was composed by S. A. Rajkumar. The film released on 22 December 2000 to negative reviews from film critics.[1]

Directed byJ. Suresh
Written byJ. Suresh
Produced byS. Naga Ashok Kumar
N. V. Prasad
CinematographyAshok Rajan
Edited byV. Jaishankar
Music byS. A. Rajkumar
Sri Saideva Productions
Distributed bySri Sai Deva Productions
Release date
  • 22 December 2000 (2000-12-22)


James Vasanthan (Madhavan) and his three friends Ganeshan (Charle), Charles (Vaiyapuri), and Mohan (Venu Madhav), have a music troupe that sings at weddings. They are tenants of Subramani (Manivannan) whose daughter Lakshmi (Sneha) shares a good rapport with the youths, helping them in their time of need. Her encouragement puts a new zeal in James, who soon gains recognition as a singer. Not that this brings any change in the group's lifestyle, for J. Suresh still shows them as strugglers. James finally proposes to Lakshmi who rejects him, as she has her past to reckon with. She is a divorcee, her husband having abandoned her soon after marriage for his girlfriend. When Lakshmi's friend and neighbour Seetha (Aswini) puts some sense into her, she decides to make amends. But misunderstandings pile up between the lovers - the situations are all forced here - until J. Suresh leads the story to a desired happy ending.



The director J. Suresh initially approached Mani Ratnam to produce the film, but Mani Ratnam refused the script. He however introduced Suresh to Madhavan, who was signed on to play the lead role.[2] The film was tentatively titled as Dhool and then as Sugham, whilst actress Sneha made her debut with the film after calling off schedules for her film, Virumbugiren.[3][4][5] Telugu comedian Venu Madhav also made his debut in Tamil films with the project. The film was shot across locations in Chennai, Ooty, Hyderabad and Gopichettipalayam and the filming was completed within 18 days.[2]


The film opened to predominantly negative reviews, with most critics agreeing that Madhavan had taken a wrong career move after the success of Alaipayuthey.[6][7] The Hindu critic revealed that the "reeks of melodrama bogs down even a natural performer like Madhavan".[8] In regard to performances it claimed that "for Madhavan, it is merely a prosaic exercise in melodrama" while the "new heroine Sneha could have shown more emotions and reactions in certain scene". Another reviewer drew particular criticism for the role of Thalaivasal Vijay, claiming it was "arguably the smallest role in his career".[9] The film subsequently did not perform well at the box office.[1]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Song title Singers Lyrics
"Adi Kadhal Enbathu" Hariharan Vairamuthu
"Chinna Chinna Sugangal" S. P. Balasubramanyam, Krishnaraj
"Kothu Kottai" Sukhwinder Singh
"Ovvoru Padalilum" P. Unnikrishnan
"Ra Ra Rajakumara" Rajesh Krishnan, Sujatha Mohan
"Ovvoru Padalilum" (sad) P. Unnikrishnan


  1. ^ a b http://www.rediff.com/movies/2001/jan/27tamil.htm
  2. ^ a b "Ennavale". Cinematoday2.itgo.com. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20010515042037/http://www.cinesouth.com/masala/07072000/news01.shtml
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20010616191331im_/http://www.kalapam.com/cinema/interview/madhavan.jpg
  5. ^ "rediff.com, Movies: Gossip from the southern film industry". Rediff.com. 18 August 2000. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Film: Ennavale". Chennai Online. Archived from the original on 11 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  7. ^ http://www.lolluexpress.com/ennavale.htm
  8. ^ http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/2000/12/29/stories/09290224.htm
  9. ^ http://www.thiraipadam.com/cgi-bin/movie_review.pl?id=139&user_name=bbalaji&review_lang=english&lang=english

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