Idhu Namma Aalu (1988 film)

Idhu Namma Aalu (lit.'He is our man'; contextual: He is from our caste) is a 1988 Tamil language comedy film written by K. Bhagyaraj[2][3] and directed by writer Balakumaran.[4]

Idhu Namma Aalu
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Directed byBalakumaran
Written byK. Bhagyaraj
Produced byK. Gopinath
CinematographyK. Rajpreet
Edited byA.P. Manivannan
Music byK. Bhagyaraj
Bhagavathi Creations
Distributed bySharanya Cine Combines
Release date
  • 5 August 1988 (1988-08-05)
Running time
157 minutes

The film was remade three times. In Telugu as Adhirindhi Alludu (1996) starring Mohan Babu,[5] in Kannada as Aliya Alla Magala Ganda (1997) starring Jaggesh and again in Kannada as Ravi Shastri (2006) starring V Ravichandran.[6]


Gopalsamy, a poor graduate of Bachelor of Arts, travels to the Chennai in order to financially provide for his mother's eye surgery. Being unable to meet both ends meet, he encounters a Brahmin priest who employs young men to sell snacks by forging their identity in order to deceive his customers. The priest obliges Gopal to impersonate a Brahmin and sell food in the neighboring agraharam. Being a non-Brahmin from a backward caste, Gopal finds it morally reprehensible to wear the sacred thread. Being forced in the circumstances to put on the Brahman identity, he sets off to perform Ganapati homam with three other priests.

Mylapore Srinivasa Sastri is an orthodox Brahmin priest who will preserve his Brahmin regulations mentioned in the Vedas at any cost, but also helps the needy. Though he helps non-Brahmin low caste people, he cannot tolerate them even touching his clothes. Gopal comes to Srinivasa Sastri's home for the Ganapathy homam and meets Srinivasa's young daughter Banu. Srinivasa Sastri figures out that Gopal does not know any sacred chants but understands that Gopal is an educated Brahmin who is looking for a job. He arranges a job as a government employed clerk for Gopal in a temple and lets him stay in his out-house as paying guest. Gopal's innocence & courage attracts Banu and she falls head over heels for him. Gopal keeps away from her to not encourage a relationship, causing a fight. Srinivasa Sastri gives money for Gopal's mother's operation and Gopal is loyal to him. Banu's mother wants Gopal to marry her daughter, but Gopal falsely insists that he has a bride waiting for him. Banu finds that Gopal loves her. She kisses him in front of her parents, Srinivasa Sastri accepts their relationship and arranges for marriage. Gopal reveals that he is not a Brahmin, but Banu does not believe him and both marry in Brahmin's traditions. Gopal's parents (Kumarimuthu and Manorama) come to marriage without their son's knowledge and they are shocked by the wedding. They reveal themselves to Srinivasa Sastri, and ask him to convey their blessings. On knowing the truth, he furiously tells Gopal to swear that he does not live as husband to his daughter, to which Gopal promises as a punishment.

Srinivasa Sastri is disappointed on his daughter's marriage. Gopal's parents seeks for apology for their son's act and requests him to unite Gopal and Banu, which Sastri does not accept. Gopal is strong to keep up the promise given to his father-in-law and declines to live as husband and wife. Gopal also declines to return to his native as requested by his parents, and promises to teach a lesson to the egoistic Srinivasa. Banu goes to meet her husband which angers Sastri and he tells her to get out of his house. Banu goes back to Gopal and Gopal does not let her enter his home. Since Srinivasa had helped many people in Gopal's area, they let her rent the new hut opposite to Gopal and hence Banu starts to live opposite to his home. She tries to provoke Gopal and vainly tries to seduce him, but Gopal does not co-operate. Gopal attempts heavily to make Sastri accept non-Brahmins. Gopal's father gets frustrated on the marriage not being consummated due to the promise and compels Gopal to marry again as he wanted to see grand children. Banu seeks lawful permission from her father to permit second marriage of her husband or accept him as his son-in-law and take back the promise. Sastri is now in dilemma whether to protect his orthodox or to protect his daughter's life. His staunch orthodox makes him sign the legal document permitting Gopal's second marriage. Gopal argues with his parents and does not want to marry again as he is the reason for their marriage not being consummated. The compulsion of his parents finally make him break the promise and he consummates the marriage with Banu.

Srinivasa Sastri understands that he has spoiled his daughter's life and decides to kill himself by setting fire so that his daughter's life will be happy, but Gopal saves him. Gopal reveals that he broke the promise for Banu's sake and they have united. Srinivasa Sastri realises his mistake which he had done in the name of orthodox and accepts Gopal as his son-in-law.



The music was composed by K. Bhagyaraj.

Tamil versionEdit

Lyrics were written by Pulamaipithan, Vaali and Muthulingam.[8]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Ammadi Idhu Thaan Kadhala" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra Pulamaipithan 05:16
2 "Kamadevan Aalayam" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 04:22
3 "Kannurangu Ponmayile" K. J. Yesudas Muthulingam 04:02
4 "Naan Aalana Thamarai" S. Janaki Vaali 03:55
5 "Pachai Mala Sami Onnu" K. Bhagyaraj Pulamaipithan 04:47
6 "Sangeetham Paada" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jairam Vaali 04:46
7 "Margazhi masathu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra Vaali 04:46

Telugu versionEdit

For the Telugu dubbed version, lyrics were written by Rajashri.[9]

No. Song Singers Length (m:ss)
1 "Premante" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra, S. P. Sailaja 05:14
2 "Idhi Sandhela Ratri" S. P. Sailaja 04:00
3 "Panakala Swamy" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 04:15
4 "Sangeetham" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jairam 06:16
5 "Pramadevuni" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja 04:29


The Indian Express wrote "The script, spiced with humour and fortified by Bhagyaraj's lighthearted touches as an actor, and the absence of malice in his general outlook, manages to give the film safe passage".[10] The film was dubbed in Telugu as Nenu Mee Vaadine and was released on 20 October 1988.[11] The film also received a Telugu remake in 1996, called Adirindi Alludu.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Idhu Namma Aalu". The Indian Express. 5 August 1988. p. 10.
  2. ^ "Film List Of Director Barathiraja". Lakshman Shruthi. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Bhagyaraj Profile". Jointscene. Archived from the original on 24 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  4. ^ "The origin of Idharkuthane Aasaippattaai Balakumara…". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Adhirindi Alludu (1996) Telugu Movie Review, Cast and Crew, Posters, Audio covers, Song books, Full Movie, Songs, Lyrics, Story". Archived from the original on 1 August 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Ravi Shastri review. Ravi Shastri Kannada movie review, story, rating –". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  7. ^ Dheenadhayalan, Pa (4 June 2016). "சரோஜா தேவி: 7. கோபால்...!". Dinamani (in Tamil). Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Idhu Namma Aalu Songs". Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Nenu Meevadine". Spotify. August 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  10. ^ "The Indian Express - Google News Archive Search".
  11. ^ "Nenu Mee Vaadine". Retrieved 5 January 2021.

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