Kaadhal Kondein

Kaadhal Kondein (transl. I got a love) is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language romantic psychological thriller film written and directed by Selvaraghavan, starring his brother Dhanush and newcomer Sonia Agarwal in lead roles, whilst newcomers Sudeep Sarangi, Nagesh A.K Abbas and Daniel Balaji play supporting roles. The film, which has music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography handled by Aravind Krishna, released on 4 July 2003, winning critical acclaim and becoming a commercial success upon release. The film is considered a breakthrough for Dhanush as it catapulted him into the league of lead actors in the Tamil film industry.

Kaadhal Kondein
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Directed bySelvaraghavan
Written bySelvaraghavan
Produced byDr. K. Vimalageetha
Sonia Agarwal
CinematographyArvind Krishna
Edited byV. T. Vijayan
Music byYuvan Shankar Raja
R. K. Productions
Distributed byITV Bombay
Release date
4 July 2003
Running time
185 minutes

The film was remade in Telugu in 2004 as Nenu, in Kannada in 2009 as Ravana, in Indian Bengali in 2010 as Amanush, and in Bangladeshi Bengali in 2004 as Onno Manush.

The story revolves around a youth who is mentally and physically abused in his childhood. The lack of a mother's love haunts the protagonist throughout the film as the girl of his infatuation is raped and killed. Becoming a psychopath, he desperately tries to woo his new found lady love and his efforts culminate in a nail-biting cliffhanger.


In 2003, Vinod (Dhanush) an orphan, has grown up under the care of church father Rozario (Nagesh) in the outskirts of Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu. He is an introvert but is a genius. He scores well in his +2 exams and gets free admission into one of the top engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh. Vinod is forcibly sent to an engineering college in Vishakhapatnam by Rozario, where he is a complete misfit in class. Though shunned by the rest of his class, who are fellow Tamilians like him, Divya (Sonia Agarwal) becomes Vinod's friend, and he gradually warms up to her. Vinod excels in his studies, and everyone begins to see him differently. His feelings for Divya soon turn into love, but he realizes that Divya considers him only as a friend and learns that she is in love with another classmate, Aadhi (Sudeep).

Divya's father is enraged on learning of her love. He locks her up and prevents her from contacting anyone. Vinod comes and requests to meet her on the pretext of getting some old clothes for himself to wear. Pitying Vinod, her father allows him to meet Divya. Vinod escapes with Divya and convinces her that she will meet Aadhi in Araku Valley. Vinod has set up a secret place there for executing his plan of wooing Divya. He makes her stay with him, while convincing her by talking about Aadhi's arrival. On one such day, he reveals his miserable past.

In 1993, near the forest of Kadapa, a gang runs a brick factory which employs only children as labour. The gang's leader is a ruthless money-lending lady who buys orphans for work. They boys and girls are enslaved under highly inhuman conditions and work for 16 hours a day. Vinod, a 13-year-old-boy, is sold by his uncle and aunt for money after his parents died in an accident. He befriends three boys and one girl of the same age. One day, Vinod tries to inform the cruelty the children are exposed, to an officer who later accepts a bribe and leaves. He is then sent to solitary confinement in the form of a metal box under the sun as punishment. The husband of the leader sexually harasses Vinod's female friend to release Vinod, and the girl dies. The murder is silenced. Weeks later, the boys, lead by Vinod, rebel and kill the entire gang. They manage to break the place, escape from there, the government takes over the plant, and all children are admitted into a orphanage run by Father Rozario.

Divya is touched by his past. Incidentally, the police and Aadhi arrive at the place. While Vinod was away to get some food, they try to explain to Divya that Vinod actually became a psychopath, with the evidence of a dead body in his earlier residence. Divya scoffs at their claims, citing his gentlemanly behaviour over the days that she has been alone with him. Vinod, learning that the police have arrived at the scene, begins to indulge in violence. He opens fire, killing a police constable. Forcing them out of their hideout, he manages to evade the police inspector and Aadhi and successfully brings Divya back to their original place of stay. Divya soon identifies the wolf in the sheep's clothing. Vinod pleads with her, telling Divya that all he wanted in his life was her presence, but she calls him only a friend and states her inability to accept him as her life partner.

Meanwhile, Aadhi regains consciousness and comes back to attack Vinod and rescue his girlfriend. A violent fight follows, where Vinod treats Aadhi with disdain. The fight culminates with Vinod, Aadhi, and Divya teetering at the edge of a slippery cliff. While Divya clutches a tree bark tightly, Vinod and Aadhi slip out and barely manage to hold either of her hands. Divya is forced to choose between her boyfriend and friend. Aadhi's pleas not withstanding, Divya does not have the heart to kill Vinod, who smiles at Divya and he himself leaves hand falling to his death. The film closes with a dead Vinod looking up, with a smile on his face.



Following the success of the previous film Thulluvadho Ilamai (2002), the team chose to collaborate again with the psychotic romantic thriller Kaadhal Kondein, credited as Selvaraghavan's first film. The venture, produced by his home production, also marked the first collaboration of Selvaraghavan with cinematographer Arvind Krishna, whom he would later associate with newcomer Sonia Agarwal. Selvaraghavan had written the script for the film in the late 1990s and had first narrated the story to Dhanush in their shared bedroom at home, before asking him to play the lead role of Vinod. Shooting mainly took place in and around Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, while some minor portions got filmed in Chennai, Mudumalai and Araku Valley.[2]


Kaadhal Kondein
Soundtrack album by
Released20 March 2003
GenreFeature film soundtrack
30:18 (OST release)
LabelFive Star Audio
ProducerYuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Pudhiya Geethai
Kaadhal Kondein

For Kaadhal Kondein, director Selvaraghavan and music composer Yuvan Shankar Raja came together again after their earlier successful collaboration in Thulluvadho Ilamai (2002), for which Selvaraghavan worked as a writer. The soundtrack of Kaadhal Kondein released on 20 March 2003, featuring seven tracks with lyrics written by Pazhani Bharathi and Na. Muthukumar. The music, especially the film score, received universal critical acclaim, establishing composer Yuvan Shankar Raja as one of the "most sought after music directors" in the Tamil film industry.[3]

More than one year after the release of the film, an "original soundtrack" was released, that followed the Hollywood-style. It was said to be the first time, that an original soundtrack was released for a film in India as the soundtracks released in India do not contain any film score pieces but full songs that feature in the film itself.[3] The OST of Kaadhal Kondein contains 20 tracks overall, which includes the seven earlier released tracks, four "montage" bit songs, that featured in the film, but not in the soundtrack, and nine pieces from the actual film score, which were titled as "Theme Music".

1."Devathaiyai Kandaen"Na. MuthukumarHarish Raghavendra5:11
2."Manasu Rendum"Palani BharathiShankar Mahadevan6:41
3."Nenjodu"Na. MuthukumarP. Unnikrishnan, Sujatha6:25
4."Kadhal Mattum Purivathillai"Palani BharathiVijay Yesudas6:07
5."Thottu Thottu"Na. MuthukumarHarish Raghavendra5:16
6."18 Vayathil"Na. MuthukumarYuvan Shankar Raja4:49
7."Kaadhal Kondein (Theme Music)" (Instrumental)  1:07

All music is composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.

Original Soundtrack release
8."Thathi Thathi"Yuvan Shankar Raja2:48
9."Natpinilae"Harish Raghavendra1:19
10."Unnai Thozhi"Ranjith2:05
11."Kai Padamalae"Ranjith2:16
12."Theme Music 1"Instrumental2:42
13."Theme Music 2"Instrumental2:12
14."Theme Music 3"Instrumental0:58
15."Theme Music 4"Instrumental2:05
16."Theme Music 5"Instrumental2:24
17."Theme Music 6"Instrumental1:46
18."Theme Music 7"Instrumental2:29
19."Theme Music 8"Instrumental4:31
20."Theme Music 9"Instrumental2:43
Total length:30:18


The film opened in July 2003 to critical acclaim and commercial success.[4] A reviewer from The Hindu noted, "his story, screenplay, dialogue and direction are focussed and hit the bull's eye straightway — hardly missing the mark."[5]




Since its release, the film has been remade into several Indian languages; Boney Kapoor bought the rights to remake the film in Hindi, but the project did not materialise.[6] The film was later remade in Telugu as Nenu (2004),[7] in Kannada as Ravana (2009),[8] in Indian Bengali as Amanush (2010),[9] and in Bangladeshi Bengali as Onno Manush (2004).[10]


The film proved to be career breakthroughs for both Selvaraghavan and Dhanush in the Tamil film industry.[11][12] The success of the song "Devathaiyai Kandaen" prompted Boopathy Pandian to name his 2005 film starring Dhanush after the song title.


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  6. ^ Dias, Noel Singh (14 August 2013). "Dhanush owes Boney Kapoor some money". The Free Press Journal. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  7. ^ Bhandaram, Vishnupriya (1 April 2012). "Different strokes". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Lucky lips". Bangalore Mirror. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  9. ^ Ghose, Chandreyee (12 September 2010). "Copycat chronicles". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  10. ^ "பாசமலர் முதல் திருமலை வரை - வெளிநாடுகளில் ரீமேக்கான தமிழ் படங்கள்! #VikatanPhotoCards". Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). slide 7. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  11. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/2003/aug/11south.htm
  12. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/2003/aug/06kadhal.htm

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