Kizhakku Cheemayile (English: Wild wild East) is a 1993 Indian Tamil language drama film directed by Bharathiraaja. It has music composed by A. R. Rahman. The film involves a touching sentimental story between a brother and a sister. Radhika and Vijayakumar have been highly praised for their roles in the film. The film was one among Deepavali releases of 1993. Later it was remade in Telugu in 1994 as Palnati Pourusham.
|Produced by||S. Thanu|
|Written by||M. Rathnakumar (Dialogues)|
|Story by||M. Rathnakumar|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Edited by||K. Pazhanivel|
|Distributed by||V Creations|
- Vijayakumar as Maayaandi Thevan
- Radhika as Virumaayi
- Napoleon as Sivanaandi
- Pandiyan as Chinna Karuppu
- Vignesh as Seenu
- Rudra as Pechchi
- Vadivelu as Ochchu
- Viji Chandrasekhar as Kaudari
- Suryakanth as Periya Karuppu
- Rajaguru Ramarajan
- Sevvalai Raju (Uncredited role)
- Kalyan (Uncredited role)
- S. J. Suryah (Cameo appearance as bull trainer)
Script and dialogue writer M. Rathna Kumar first approached S. Thanu to produce this film. Thanu liked the script. worked on it with him and then asked him to narrate it to Bharathirajaa, saying he is the appropriate person to direct the film. The project became a reality after he came on board.
The film was made on first copy basis by Bharathirajaa for the producer at a cost of ₹80 lakhs. Originally, Rajkiran was considered for the role of Maayaandi. However, when his salary expectation was too high, Vijayakumar was finally selected for the role.
Vadivelu was paid a small amount for the film. However, after acting in the film in the character of Occhu, he stated that this film's success would establish his career, which it did. Producer S. Thanu advertised the film using only Bharathirajaa, A. R. Rahman and Vairamuthu in the wall posters on the launch date as they were more popular than the artistes. For the first time, computerised digital designing method was used to print posters and publicity materials. Famous poet Arivumathi worked as an assistant with this film.
|Film score by|
|Recorded||Panchathan Record Inn|
Sa Re Ga Ma
|A. R. Rahman chronology|
The soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics written by Vairamuthu. Kizhakku Cheemayile was the first film that introduced the combo of Bharathiraja & A.R. Rahman. All songs were based on Tamil folk, unlike the previous works by Rahman which were based in classical music from Western culture. The audio of Kizhakku Cheemayile and Uzhavan, both by Rahman was released on the same day. Rahman composed soundtracks for this movie featuring 6 songs. "Kathaazha Kaattu Vazhi" won Jayachandran, a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Playback.
|1||"Maanooththu Manthaiyile"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sasirekha||5:15|
|2||"Aathangara Marame"||Mano, Sujatha Mohan||4:54|
|3||"Edhukku Pondatti"||Shahul Hameed, T. K. Kala, Sunandha||4:13|
|4||"Then Kizhakku Cheemayile I"||Chitra, Malaysia Vasudevan||5:41|
|5||"Kathaazha Kaattu Vazhi"||Jayachandran, S. Janaki||4:33|
|6||"Then Kizhakku Cheemayile II"||Chitra, Malaysia Vasudevan||1:41|
The Indian Express wrote "With some sterling performances [..] and some emotion-charged scenes that move the viewer, Kizhakku Cheemayile may not be the classic Bharathiraja film, but it is a good film that makes you forget its flaws."
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