Love Today (film)

Love Today is a 1997 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film written and directed by Balasekaran, who made his debut with the venture. This film features Vijay, Suvalakshmi and Manthra in the lead roles while Raghuvaran, Karan and Sriman all play other supporting roles. The film opened to positive reviews from critics and did well at the box office.[1][2] It was also dubbed in Hindi as Dil Ki Dagar in 2013.[3] It was remade in Telugu as Suswagatham , in Kannada as Majnu and in Hindi as Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai.

Love Today
Love Today Vijay.jpg
Directed byBalasekaran
Produced byR. B. Choudary
Written byBalasekaran
StarringVijay
Suvalakshmi
Manthra
Music byShiva
CinematographyVijay Gopal
Edited byV. Jaishanker
Production
company
Distributed bySuper Good Films
Release date
9 May 1997
Running time
151 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Budget3.2 crore

PlotEdit

Ganesh (Vijay) is a college graduate who lives with his father Chandrasekhar (Raghuvaran), a doctor. Chandrasekhar is easygoing and pampers Ganesh with whatever he wants. Sandhya (Suvalakshmi) is the daughter of a very strict police inspector Vasudevan (Rajan P. Dev), who is always suspicious that she would have a love affair. Sandhya makes up her mind that she would never fall in love, and her ambition is to get a gold medal in her college degree. One day, Ganesh spots Sandhya and falls in love with her at first sight. Even though Sandhya catches a good glimpse of him, she tells her friend Fathima that she likes no one. Ganesh goes to the bus stop everyday to see Sandhya. He tries to get advice from his friends Ravi (Sriman) and Peter (Karan) to convince Sandhya to marry him. Their advice goes in vain as she does not care about him. She confronts Ganesh one day and tells him not to waste his time on her.

Ganesh gets hold of Sandhya's friend Preethi (Manthra), and she tries to talk to Sandhya, but she is unmovable. Vasudevan becomes suspicious of Ganesh and Sandhya and uses physical force on Ganesh. He also verbally abuses Sandhya, though she tries to explain her innocence. Sandhya is forced to leave town because of this. Ganesh finds her whereabouts and leaves his father to go out of town and find her. As he is trying to find her, Chandrasekhar has an accident and passes away. His friends desperately try to find his whereabouts but cannot trace him. Peter ends up performing Chandrasekhar's last rites. Ganesh arrives and gets heartbroken that he could not even perform his father's cremation.

At this point, Sandhya reveals her feelings for Ganesh, tells him that she loves him, and says she wants to spend the rest of her life with him. However, he rejects her feelings and tells her, "I have lost everything because of love. I did not have a chance to see my father's grave, so it is not worth it." The next day, Sandhya is seen standing at the bus stop, waiting for Ganesh to come. Meanwhile, Ganesh takes the recommendation that his father had written for him before his death and goes for his first interview.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

In an interview around the time of release, Vijay mentioned that he signed the film to give the audience what they want — fights, fast songs and a message, mentioning he had similar success from Poove Unakkaga.[4]

SoundtrackEdit

The soundtrack is composed by newcomer Shiva. His real name was Omar and he earlier composed an album.[5] The lyrics were written by Vairamuthu, Vaasan, Vaigarai Selvan, 'Pattukottai' Shanmuga Sundaram. The Song, Enna Azhagu was reused by Shiva in the 2001 Telugu film Priyamaina Neeku as Nelanadiga Puvvulanadiga.

Love Today
Soundtrack album by
Shiva
Released1996
Recorded1996
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length30.27
LabelStar Music
ProducerShiva
Shiva chronology
Love Today
(1996)
Poomagal Oorvalam
(1999)
Tracklist
Tracklist
No.TitleLyricsArtist(s)Length
1."Yen Pennendru (Duet)"VairamuthuMohammed Aslam, Bombay Jayashri05:22
2."Yen Pennendru (Solo)"VairamuthuP. Unni Krishnan04:05
3."Enna Azhagu"VairamuthuS. P. Balasubrahmanyam04:57
4."Kuppayi Kuppayi"SelvanYugendran02:37
5."Aalai Ethikinu Ooru Suthum Pallavan"VairamuthuMano, Kalpana04:53
6."Salamiya"VaasanMano, Malgudi Subha05:12
7."Monica Monica"'Pattukottai' Shanmuga Sundaram.Suresh Peters, Fepi Mani04:41
Total length:30:27

ReleaseEdit

The satellite rights of the film were secured by Sun TV. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.

Critical ReceptionEdit

The film generally received positive reviews. Prabha and Pady Srinivasan of Indolink.com appreciated the film due to "its different ending", and said Vijay and Suvalakshmi both sparkle in their respective roles.[6] The film became one of several successful films in the romantic genre with Vijay featured in throughout the late 1990s.[7] The success of the film prompted the director and actor to come together again immediately for a film titled Priyamudan, however the title was later used by Vijay for a different project.[8]

It was remade in Hindi as Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai with Aftab and Amisha Patel which was released in 2002.[9] Dwarakish remade the film in Kannada as Majnu starring his son Giri in lead role.[10]

Year Film Language Cast Director
1998 Suswagatham Telugu Pawan Kalyan, Devayani Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao
2002 Majanu Kannada Giri Dwarakish Dwarakish
2002 Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai Hindi Aftab, Amisha Patel K. Murali Mohan Rao

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Find Tamil Movie Love Today, Love Today Reviews, Expert Review and Casts". Jointscene.com. 9 May 1997. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Box-Office Analysis: Smash Hits of Ilayathalapathy VIJAY".
  3. ^ CAPTAIN Movies HD (11 May 2016). "Dil Ki Dagar - Love Today - Vijay - Suvalakshmi - Movie Full HD Hindi Movie" – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "Spelling success in a short span – The Hindu". Cscsarchive.org:8081. 19 February 1999. Retrieved 22 April 2012.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/soc.culture.tamil/BY20hH0P8hQ
  6. ^ "Love Today Movie Review". Indolink.com. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  7. ^ Malathi Rangarajan (22 January 2011). "Arts / Cinema : Bodyguard in form". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  8. ^ "1997-98 Kodambakkam babies Page: Part 2". Indolink.com. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Chitraloka.com". 20 November 2001.

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