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Unnai Ninaithu (English: 'Thinking About You') is a 2002 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by Vikraman, starring Suriya, Sneha and Laila in the lead roles. The film opened with high positive reviews in May 2002, and went on to become hit at the box office, being remade into several other Indian regional languages. It was dubbed into Telugu as Prematho, which was later remade into Cheppave Chirugali starting Venu Thottempudi. It was a turning point in Suriya's career.

Unnai Ninaithu
Poster of Unnai Ninaithu.jpg
Directed byVikraman
Produced byK. Muralitharan
V. Swaminathan
G. Venugopal
Written byVikraman
Music bySirpy
Edited byV. Jaishankar
Release date
10 May 2002
Running time
163 minutes


Surya (Suriya) works as a receptionist in a lodge in Chennai. He, along with his friend Gopi(Ramesh Khanna), manages the entire lodge. Actually, the lodge is owned by Surya's father but has been leased due to financial troubles. Radha (Sneha) is the daughter of the new manager for the lodge who stays next to the lodge along with her family. Radha gets attracted towards Surya upon seeing his good nature, but Surya tells his past love story to Radha. A few years back, Nirmala (Laila) lived in the same house where Radha lives now. Surya likes Nirmala and helps her family financially. Slowly Surya and Nirmala fall in love, and Nirmala's parents (Thalaivasal Vijay and Pallavi) decide to get them married. Selvam (Ramji) is Suriya's friend who stays with him during his initial days. Later, Selvam secures a good job and starts earning well. Selvam also gets attracted towards Nirmala and tries to impress her. Nirmala's parents consider Selvam to be a better match for Nirmala as he earns more than Surya. They convince Nirmala to get married to Selvam.

Surya gets heartbroken knowing this, but one day, he finds Selvam in a shopping mall with another girl. Surya understands that Selvam has no intention of marrying Nirmala and is planning only for an illegitimate relationship with her. Surya informs this to Nirmala, who misunderstands that he is trying to break her relationship with Selvam by cooking up false stories. Nirmala, along with her family, moves to a big house given by Selvam.

The story comes to the present, and Radha is even more impressed upon listening to Surya's past love story. One day, Surya finds Nirmala and gets to know that Selvam has cheated her without marrying. Surya is worried seeing Nirmala and her family's poor state and again offers help. Nirmala had plans of pursuing MBBS before. Surya helps her is writing the entrance examination. She gets admission only in a private medical college where fee is high. Surya sells his lodge to the lessee and gives the money to Nirmala to use it for education fee.

Five years pass by, and Nirmala completes her medical degree and gets a job posting, as well. Meanwhile, Radha also remains unmarried as she loves Surya, but she never expressed it to him. Nirmala is about to leave to another city for a job along with her family. In the railway station, she conveys her intention of marrying Surya, who denies by saying that he knows that Radha is in love with him and that she has declined all the marriage alliances for the last five years waiting for Surya. Surya also says that Radha's love is more genuine than Nirmala's because Nirmala ditched him when she found a better guy than Surya. Radha overhears the conversation and feels happy. The movie ends with both Surya and Radha getting united.



Vikraman had chosen Vijay to play the lead role in the film, and the actor shot for the film for a few days before opting out of the project, owing to creative differences. He was subsequently replaced by Suriya.[1][2] Vikraman also briefly considered casting actor Prashanth, before finalising Suriya.[3]

The team predominantly shot the film in Chennai, while songs were shot in Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. The team travelled to Kandy and the Ramboda Falls to film sequences across Sri Lanka, and it became the first film by director Vikraman to be shot outside India.[4] Savitha Reddy dubbed for Laila, while Jeyageetha dubbed for Sneha.


The Music for the film was composed by Sirpy, this film also earned him the Best Music director award from the Government of Tamil Nadu for the year 2002.

No. Title Singers Lyrics Duration
1 Yaar Indha Devathai Hariharan Ra. Ravishankar 4:15
2 Yaar Indha Devathai II Unni Menon 4:15
3 Happy New Year P. Unnikrishnan, Sujatha Kalaikumar 4:28
4 Ennai Thalattum Unni Menon, Sujatha P. Vijay 4:38
5 Ennai Thalattum (solo) Sujatha 4:42
6 Sil Sil Silala P. Unnikrishnan, Sujatha 4:16
7 Chocklet Chocklet Tippu Na. Muthukumar 4:41
8 Pombalainga Kadhal Manikka Vinayagam, P. Unnikrishnan P. Vijay 5:38


The film opened in May 2002 to mixed reviews from critics. A reviewer from The Hindu wrote, "the story must have had a strong theme to begin with and the screenplay surely aims at conveying something different. But things do not progress in that direction", and adds that "the treatment lacks punch".[5] The reviewers from gave the film a negative review, adding "the film is very slow and one feels that the story is as old as the hills", adding it is a "rehash of the director's earlier hits and is long winded and extremely slow paced mainly due to illogical story, songs pushed into the narrative and a jarring comedy track".[6]

The film went on to perform well at the box office, and did exceptional business in town and village theatres across Tamil Nadu.[7] Owing to the film's success, it was later remade in Telugu as Cheppave Chirugali (2004) by Vikraman, while it was also made in Kannada as Krishna (2007).


Award Category Nominee Result
2002 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Sneha Won
2002 Tamil Nadu State Awards[8] Best Film Unnai Ninaithu Won
Best Actress Sneha Won
Best Music Director Sirpy Won
Best Lyricist Ravishankar Won
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Playback Unnimenon Won


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  8. ^ "Tamil Nadu announces film awards for three years – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 1 October 2004. Retrieved 5 August 2012.

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