Thulladha Manamum Thullum

Thulladha Manamum Thullum (transl. Hearts that don't jump, will jump) is a 1999 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by debutant Ezhil. The film stars Vijay and Simran, while Manivannan, Dhamu and Vaiyapuri among others play supporting roles. The film, produced by R. B. Choudary, has its score and soundtrack composed by S. A. Rajkumar and cinematography performed by R. Selva. The film released on 29 January 1999. The film won two awards at the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards with Simran winning Best Actress[1] and Vijay winning the MGR honorary award.

Thulladha Manamum Thullum
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Directed byEzhil
Produced byR. B. Choudary
Written byStory and Screenplay:
N. Prasanna Kumar
Music byS. A. Rajkumar
CinematographyR. Selva
Edited byV. Jaishankar
Release date
  • 29 January 1999 (1999-01-29)
Running time
150 minutes


Kutty is an aspiring but struggling singer who works for a local cable provider Mani. He is unable to get recognition and a stage to exhibit his musical talent. Rukmini "Rukku", a college student, is new to the locality where Kutty stays, and on hearing Kutty's voice, she becomes his fan and decides to seek him and encourage his talent as his voice resembles that of her late father. However, Rukku always catches Kutty in negative situations and, not knowing that he is Kutty, develops a hatred for him as she feels he is a rowdy and womaniser. Once, when Kutty is pickpocketed, he pursues the pickpocket to Rukku's college. In the process, he accidentally drops a bottle of acid to the ground, which causes Rukku, who is present at the spot where the acid bottle fell, to become blind.

Kutty is horrified when he finds out that he is the reason Rukku had become blind. To make amends, he decides to become her close companion and help her in every way possible. Soon, love blossoms between the two. When Kutty's mother dies, Kutty finds out that her eyes had been donated. He decides to arrange the operation to restore Rukku's eyesight with his mother's eyes, but as the price of the operation turns out to be very high, he accepts an offer from a Sikh man to donate a kidney for his Pune-based father for 40,000. Having paid for Rukku's surgery, Kutty leaves for Pune to donate his kidney. While waiting at the railway station to return to Chennai, he is framed as a terrorist and arrested.

Seven years later, Kutty is released from prison and returns to Chennai, only to find out that Rukku has moved out of their locality and is now a collector, her eyesight having been restored as well. But Rukku, on seeing Kutty and not knowing that he is Kutty, orders for him to be arrested, in revenge for his "rowdy activities" in the past and for making her blind. But when Kutty begins to sing, Rukku realises that the "rowdy" she had arrested is none other than Kutty. She apologises for misunderstanding him, and they happily embrace, rekindling their relationship.




The film saw director Ezhil, an erstwhile assistant to Robert-Rajashekhar, Panneer and Parthiban, make his debut as a film-maker under R. B. Choudary's production house. The film's concept was inspired from Charlie Chaplin star City Lights that Ezhil had watched during a film festival. An earlier version of the script showed Vijay's character as a painter.[2] The initial title for the film was "Rukmanikkaga” but producer RB Chaudhary later changed it to Thullatha Manamum Thullum.[2]


Initially, Ezhil wanted comedian Vadivelu to play the lead role. Vadivelu, who was impressed with the story, has said to Ezhil that the storyline was too good and he doesn't know whether it will work with him in the lead. Vadivelu asked Ezhil to wait for six months, and if he didn't find anyone else by then, he would take the role. Vadivelu was then replaced by Vijay.[3] Murali was also considered for the lead role before Vijay was selected.[2] On the suggestion of his friends, Ezhil decided to make the film with a commercial hero and changed the entire script retaining only the emotional core of City Lights.[2] Prior to release, the role of Vijay's mother in the film was kept under wraps with the media speculating who would play the role. Eventually, no actress played the role although the character played a pivotal part in the film.[4] Vijay took a pay cut for the film, accepting only 30 lakh instead of 50 lakh, as he had signed the film before the release of his film Kadhalukku Mariyadhai.[5] Rambha was initially supposed to do the project, but as the project underwent changes, the actress opted out before she was replaced by Simran.[2]


The film's shoot began with the "Dhuddu" song as the director felt it would give the team some time to gel. This was the first Vijay song which Raju Sundaram choreographed.[2] The story takes place in Triplicane because Ezhil had lived there for a while in his uncle's house. The team scouted for a long time to find a suitable location that fit the story's requirements however a chance visit to the set of a Malayalam film at Murugalaya Studios convinced Ezhil that erecting a set would be far more cost-effective and thus set resembling Triplicane was erected.[2]


Thulladha Manamum Thullum
Soundtrack album by
Released15 January 1999
LabelStar Music
Sa Re Ga Ma
ProducerS. A. Rajkumar
S. A. Rajkumar chronology
Suriya Paarvai
Thulladha Manamum Thullum

The soundtrack of the film was composed by S. A. Rajkumar, while lyrics were written by Vairamuthu and Muthu Vijayan. Rajkumar agreed to compose the music for this film after coming to know that Ezhil had assisted Robert-Rajasekaran, the duo who introduced him in films.[2]

The song "Meghamaai Vandhu" which was supposed to be the theme song of the film, was inspired from Punjabi song "sayonee" sang by the band Junoon in 1997 in Pakistan; Ezhil wanted Tamil version of it. After the song was recorded, he came to know that Deva had used the same tune for "Salomiya" from Kannedhirey Thondrinal. SA Rajkumar told him not to worry and gave him the tune of "Innisai Paadi Varum".[2]

1."Thoda Thodu Enavae Vanavil"VairamuthuHariharan, K. S. Chithra4:44
2."Innisai Paadivarum (Male)"VairamuthuP. Unni Krishnan4:55
3."Irupathu Kodi"VairamuthuHariharan5:05
4."Innisai Paadivarum (Female)"VairamuthuK.S.Chithra4:55
5."Palapalakkudhu"VairamuthuGopal Rao5:02
6."Megamai Vanthu"Muthu VijayanRajesh Krishnan4:21
7."Kakkai Siraginilae"BharathiyarSujatha1:21
8."Innisai Paadivarum (Sad)"VairamuthuP. Unni Krishnan, Chorus5:03
Total length:34:06


The film released on 29 January 1999 and ran for over 200 days in theatres across Tamil Nadu. The satellite rights of the film were secured by Sun TV. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.


A critic from the Deccan Herald mentioned that "the experience of seeing the film is simply thrilling", mentioning that the success comes from "the naivete, the simplicity, the absolute lack of sophistication, and from the delightful hero (Vijay)".[6]


Tamil Nadu State Film Awards


Owing to its success, the film was remade in Kannada as O Nanna Nalle,[8] in Telugu as Nuvvu Vastavani,[9] in Bengali as Sathi,[10] in Bengali Bangladesh as Prio Shathi, in Odia as I Love You [11] and in Bhojpuri as Pyar Jab Kenhu Se Hoi Jala (2008).


Following the success of the film, Ezhil announced another project titled Oru Pennin Manadhai Thoddu with the same cast. However, the film was later made with different actors.[12]

The success of the film led to more offers for Simran, who with Thulladha Manamum Thullum and Vaali, established herself among the leading actresses in Tamil films.[13] Vijay and Simran were also paired together in several other films after the success of Thulladha Manamum Thullum, with projects titled Priyamanavale and Udhaya launched weeks after this film's release.[4]


  1. ^ "Tamilnadu Government Announces Cinema State Awards −1999". Dinakaran. Archived from the original on 10 February 2001. Retrieved 20 October 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i M. Suganth (29 January 2019). "Movie Milestone: 20 years of Thullatha Manamum Thullum". Times of India. Archived from the original on 15 August 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  3. ^ "வடிவேலு நடிக்கவிருந்த கதை, கடைசியில் விஜய்க்குப் போனது! - கரு பழனியப்பன் ப்ளாஷ்பேக்" [Vadivelu is the story of the movie and finally went to Vijay! - Karu Palaniappan flashback]. OneIndia (in Tamil). 21 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Mama's boy". 25 January 1999.
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  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Vijay (Tamil Actor) Awards & Nominations List". FilmiBeat. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  8. ^ "20 years of Thulladha Manamum Thullum: All you need to know about the Tamil movie; see pics - Entertainment News".
  9. ^ "Nuvvu Vasthavani gives Nagarjuna new life". 14 June 2000.
  10. ^ "The Times Group".
  11. ^ Palit, Ashok. "RETRO TIME: I LOVE YOU".
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  13. ^ "Ready for the ride?". 23 January 2009 – via

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