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Kadhalna Summa Illai (transl. Love is not a joke) is a 2009 Tamil film directed by Ilankannan. The film stars Ravikrishna, Sharwanand, and Kamalinee Mukherjee in prominent roles. The film, produced by Raj TV, is the remake of the Telugu language film, Gamyam directed by Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi.[1]

Kadhalna Summa Illai
Directed byIlankannan
Produced byM. Rajendran
M. Rajarathinam
M. Ravethiran
M. Ragunatha
Written bySekar Prasad (dialogues )
Screenplay byIlankannan
Story byKrish
StarringRavi Krishna
Kamalinee Mukherjee
Music byVidyasagar
Mani Sharma
E. S. Murthy
CinematographyS. A. Vincent
Edited byV. T. Vijayan
Release date
  • 14 January 2009 (2009-01-14)


Abhiram or Abhi, (Sharwanand) as called by his friends and family, is the son of a multi-millionaire called GK (Nassar). He is born and brought up among currency and for him life is just a game and he is accustomed to lavish lifestyle. He dates several girls and one day he comes across Janaki (Kamalinee Mukherjee), a young, charming doctor. Abhi challenges his friends that he would make her fall in love within few days. Abhi invites Janaki for coffee after a dance programme and proposes to her.

Janaki, being an orphan, is very kind towards the poor people and is service-minded. She mingles with poor people and provides succour to them. But, being a rich boy, Abhi hates those people. However, Janaki's free-spirited nature takes him very near to her and he develops an intimate friendship. At the same time, Janaki keeps maintaining some distance and does not express her love. Though she likes him, she cannot love him as he is not sensitive to the people and things around him. A privileged upbringing makes him myopic to the hard realities of life. By the time, she wants to express her love, she learns that Abhi has challenged his friends about his love and decides to keep herself off.

While dropping her at her hostel on his car after a party, Abhi tries to convince her that he is really in love with her but she does not listen to him. In the process, Abhi causes an accident, where a woman dies and two of her children become orphans. Janaki survives the accident, while Abhi wakes up from injuries in hospital. After gaining consciousness, Abhi cannot find Janaki and he decides to go in search of her on his bike.

In the process, he happens to meet a motorbike thief called Vetti Velu (Ravi Krishna). Though Velu is a vehicle thief, he is good at heart. The journey Abhi takes, changes his life drastically as he is exposed to the hard realities of rural life and yet its simple joys. The landscapes and the people he meets takes him through an emotional journey that alters his perceptions forever. Be it a teacher, who supports orphan kids, a disillusioned ex-militant, a prostitute who craves for love of his own companion Vetti Velu, they all aid in his journey of self-discovery.



Soundtrack was composed by Vidyasagar, Mani Sharma and E. S. Murthy.[2][3]

Critical receptionEdit

Rediff wrote "It's the script that carries you along with it, though barring a few plot holes, cliched dialogues and a couple of redundant situations obviously carried over from the Telugu version. A bit of slick tightening of the script would have worked wonders".[1] Deccan Herald wrote "Despite the proverbial pitfalls, a pleasing score, picturesque visuals, pithy dialogues, competent performances, and intutive handling has Ilangkannan coming up with a winner".[4]


Kadhalna Summa Illai was released on 14 January 2009, coinciding with the festival of Pongal. It was distributed by Raj TV and had a limited release in theatres. It soon disappeared from theatres without any trace. However, the film has been previewing on Raj TV occasionally ever since.