Thodarum (English: It will continue) is a 1999 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Ramesh Khanna, featuring Ajith Kumar, Devayani and Heera in the leading roles.[1] The supporting cast of Manivannan, Vadivelu and Gemini Ganesan also play pivotal roles in the film. The film is the Tamil remake of 1996 Telugu film Maavichiguru, and was released in January 1999.[2][3]

Directed byRamesh Khanna
Story byS. V. Krishna Reddy
StarringAjith Kumar
Gemini Ganesan
Sowcar Janaki
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyS. Moorthy
Edited byK. Thanigachalam
Sri Devi Movie Makers
Release date
14 January 1999
Budget4.4 crore



Actor Ramesh Khanna made his debut as a director with the film after working as an apprentice to K. S. Ravikumar.[4][2] Ravikumar was meant to remake the Telugu film Maavichiguru (1996) starring Jagapati Babu and Aamani into Tamil for Sridevi Movie Makers, but his busy schedule meant that he recommended Ramesh Khanna to the producers.[5] The remake was initially titled as Maa Vilakku and was supposed to star Jayaram and Meena in lead roles, but went through cast changes.[6] Jayaram's falling popularity meant that Ajith Kumar was signed to replace him, while the actor requested that a change of lead actress.[7] The film was revived under new title Thodarum with new cast involving Ajith Kumar, Heera and Devayani.[8]


The film received poor reviews upon release, with a critic from citing that the "cinematography and direction provide no room for discussion" and that "Devayani appears painfully artificial".[9] The New Indian Express also gave the film a critical review citing that "the director tries hard to avoid small puddles of cliches, but unfortunately falls into an ocean instead" but claims that Devayani gives a "wonderfully controlled performance", while Heera and Ajith are just "adequate".[10] Deccan Herald wrote "Thodarum is a family melodrama, which on its own is not too bad, but [..] it falls completely flat."[11]


Soundtrack is composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Lyrics for the songs were written by Pazhanibharathi, Gangai Amaran, Kamakodiyan, M. Mehta, Arivumathi, Pulamaipithan.[12]


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  4. ^ "Cinema Plus / Columns : My first break". The Hindu. 17 October 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
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  9. ^ "Thodarum: Movie Review". Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Film Review - The New Indian Express". 25 April 1999. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
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