Nadodi Thendral

Nadodi Thendral (transl. The nomadic breeze) is a 1992 Tamil language historical romance film, directed by Bharathiraja and written by Sujatha Rangarajan. It starred Karthik and Ranjitha in the lead roles. The music was provided by Ilaiyaraaja. Featuring an international cast, the film was a period movie set in British India and was based on a triangular love story between a goldsmith (Karthik), a gypsy woman (Ranjitha) and the district collector's sister. Some critics opine that later movies such as the Hindi-language blockbuster Lagaan and the 2010 Tamil-language movie Madrasapattinam were inspired by Nadodi Thendral.

Nadodi Thendral
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Directed byBharathiraja
Produced byBharathiraja
Written bySujatha Rangarajan (dialogues)
Screenplay byBharathiraja
Story byIlaiyaraaja
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyB. Kannan
Edited byP. Mohan Raj
Manoj Creations
Distributed byManoj Creations
Release date
18 April 1992
Running time
140 minutes


The story reveals around a triangular love between Karthik, Ranjitha and an Englishwoman (District collector's daughter) during the British occupation in India. Karthik is a goldsmith's son, so he is too and Ranjitha is a gypsy woman has a poultry. At the start they both collide and very soon both falls for each other. At the same time, the braveness of Karthik is impressing the District Collector's sister's heart as well. The rest of the movie deals with how the lovers getting united with the help of the Englishwoman.



The movie garnered positive reviews but was not received well at the box office. The Indian Express wrote its "a love story that is simple without being superficial, commercial without losing sight of values, artistic without being obscure."[1]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[2] This was the last collaboration between Bharathiraja and Ilayaraja.[3]

All Songs Penned By Ilaiyaraaja. Except Song : "All The Time", which Lyrics been Penned by Lyricist VIJI.

Track listing
1."Oru Kanam Oru Yugamaga (removed from the movie release)"Ilaiyaraaja, S. Janaki 
2."Sandhana Marbilae"Mano, S. Janaki 
3."Yaarum Vilaiyaadum Thottam"Mano, K. S. Chithra 
4."Maniyae Manikuyilae"Mano, S. Janaki 
5."Yelamalai Kaatukulle"Malaysia Vasudevan 
6."All The Time"Malgudi Subha 


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  3. ^ "Fans want legendary combo back after their pics go viral". The Times of India. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.

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