Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen

Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen (transl. I gave myself to you) is a 1998 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film written and directed by Vikraman. It stars Karthik and Roja, with Ajith Kumar, Ramesh Khanna, Moulee, Sathyapriya, Fathima Babu, and Madhan Bob play other supporting roles. It was Karthik's 100th film.[1] The film released on August 1998 and won critical acclaim. It was a huge commercial success at the box office by running for more than 200 days turned to be a blockbuster. It was also considered one of the best Tamil films of 1998. Following the film's box office success it was remade in Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and Oriya languages.

Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen.jpg
Directed byVikraman
Produced byG. Venugopal,
K. Muralidaran
V. Swaminathan
Written byVikraman
StarringKarthik
Roja
Music byS. A. Rajkumar
CinematographyM. S. Annadurai
Edited byV. Jaishankar
Production
company
Release date
  • 15 August 1998 (1998-08-15)
Running time
165 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

PlotEdit

Selvam (Karthik) and his friend Bhaskar (Ramesh Khanna) are petty thieves, who live their life stealing stuff from people. One day, they are assigned a job to steal a Ganesh Idol from the temple, for a man who had just moved into a new house, citing prosperity as a reason. The friends succeed in stealing the idol but are spotted by the people who start chasing them. They hide in a house and encounter Radha (Roja). Radha is a maid in the house and is looking after the owners’ 3 children while the adults are away on pilgrimage tour. Radha and the kids lock the two of them in a room and order them to do stuff for 3 days. Radha, while spending time alone in the house with the guys, realise that they are not bad after all and develops a soft corner for Selvam and he in return, falls for her. The guys are released after 3 days, the day the owners are to return. Bhaskar steals Radha’s handbag which contains her diary. Selvam reads the diary and finds out that Radha is the illegitimate daughter of Vishwanathan (Moulee). After her mother’s death, Radha meets her father who accepts her as his daughter but has to bring her into the house as a maid. Vishwanathan’s wife (Sathyapriya and her sister (Fathima Babu) take an instant dislike for Radha. She treats her with utter disgust and blames her for the tiniest of the things. Vishwanathan plans to arrange the marriage between Sanjay (Ajith Kumar), his brother-in-law and Radha. But Sanjay says that he would have to think about it and asks for 3 months’ time. Radha waits for his reply. Selvam, after reading her diary, feels pity on her and tries to change his ways by working responsibly after Radha’s advice. He also hides his feelings for her. After returning from the trip, Vishwanathan’s wife finds out a diamond necklace is missing. When looking for it, she finds a cigarette bud in one of the drawers and scolds Radha. She chases her out. Selvam who comes to return her bag, finds out and helps her to accommodate in a hostel. He does many petty works to pay the hostel fees and help Radha. One day, Selvam finds about Radha’s singing talent and tries to help her move on with it. He encounters music director Gangai Amaran late one night and helps him repair his car. In return, he asks the director to help Radha out. Radha, after singing a few songs, becomes successful in her singing career and becomes rich. She stays in her bungalow with Selvam and Bhaskar. During an interview, Radha refrains from saying her father’s name. Upset, Vishwanathan reveals that he is the father. His wife, looking at Radha’s money, accepts Radha as her daughter as well. They come to stay at her house. Vishwanathan’s wife does not like Selvam and Bhaskar staying with them. They plan the wedding of Sanjay and Radha, as Sanjay had accepted to marry Radha, long time back. When Radha had gone out of town with Sanjay, to receive an award, Vishwanathan’s wife and sister-in-law stage a drama that Selvam stole money and chase him and Bhaskar out. Radha comes back and is shocked. She finds Selvam’s diary in his room and learns about his love for her. During an award ceremony, Radha reveals that the reason for her success is not her family but Selvam and she had fallen in love with him. She also tells her desire to marry him. Selvam who had arrived there to drop a passenger, sees it and is called upon the stage when Radha sees him in a tv. In a flashback, it is shown that Radha had informed Sanjay and Vishwanathan about her love for Selvam and how Sanjay had accepted it. Selvam and Radha leave the place hand in hand.

CastEdit

Special appearances in "Vaanambadiyin" song

ProductionEdit

After having a 1996 success with the Karthik film Gokulathil Seethai, Lakshmi Movie Makers began their sixth production and launched a film with director Vikraman in February 1997. Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen was set to feature Vijay in the lead role, whom Vikraman worked with in Poove Unakkaga, but production delays meant that the actor was replaced by Karthik.[2] Meena also had to reject an offer to star in the leading female role due to date problems.[3] Swathi was initially approached to appear in a single song sequence for the film, but her refusal led to Anusha being chosen.[4][5]

Ajith later revealed that his role in the film was initially supposed to be a full length role but the character underwent changes after the film started. He continued to play his part in the film due to his admiration for his co-actor, Karthik.[6] The success of Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen later led to Karthik making a guest appearance in the Ajith film Anantha Poongatre.[7]

SoundtrackEdit

Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
Soundtrack album by
Released1998
Recorded1998
GenreSoundtrack
Length30:59
LabelLucky Audio
Ayngaran Music
ProducerS. A. Rajkumar
S. A. Rajkumar chronology
Aval Varuvala
(1998)
Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
(1998)
Simmarasi
(1998)

The soundtrack of the film was composed by S. A. Rajkumar, who also played a cameo as himself in the film alongside the music directors Gangai Amaren and Deva.[8] "Edho Oru Paattu" was later used in the Hindi film Mann as "Chaha Hai Tujhko".[9]

Track-list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Edho Oru Paattu (Male)"KalaikumarHariharan4:26
2."Malligai Poove Malligai Poove"ThamaraiP. Unnikrishnan, Sujatha4:26
3."Edho Oru Paattu (Version 2)"KalaikumarP. Unnikrishnan4:26
4."Kaatrukku Thudhuvittu"Ra. RavishankarUnnikrishnan, K. S. Chithra4:42
5."Thottabedda Kuliru"Pazhani BharathiHariharan4:16
6."Edho Oru Paatu (Female)"KalaikumarSujatha4:26
7."Vaanambadiyin"Ra. RavishankarSujatha4:17
Total length:30:59

ReleaseEdit

The film was a commercial successful at the box office for the producers, Lakshmi Movie Makers in open month.[10] The film gave a fresh lease in their careers to the lead pair, while Vikraman's work won him further recognition. Ramesh Khanna, after his new gained recognition, was able to find a financier to make his first film as a director, Thodarum. Indolink.com rated the film amongst the "best of 1998", reporting that the film ran over 200 days in theatres across Tamil Nadu.

Indolink.com gave the film an above average review mentioning that "All the actors perform their part well. The story places the characters in situations where they behave predictably or in some cases where they are not true to themselves. Other than that minor snitch, the movie is quite entertaining".

AwardsEdit

Occation Award Awardee ;
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Third Best Film Vikraman
Best Storywriter
Best Actress Roja
Best Cinematographer Annadurai
Special Prize Karthik
Cinema Express Awards Best Film Vikraman
Best Actor Karthik
Best Actress Roja

RemakesEdit

Year Title Language Main cast
1999 Raja Telugu Venkatesh, Soundarya
2001 Kanasugara Kannada V. Ravichandran, Prema
2005 Shakal Sandhya Bengali Prosenjit Chatterjee, Rachana Banerjee
2013 Mo Duniya Tu Hi Tu Oriya Anubhav Mohanty, Barsa Priyadarshini

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkLvkAhmWjM
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 April 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://cinematoday2.itgo.com/Interviews-meena.htm
  4. ^ https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/soc.culture.malaysia/tamil$20cinema$20news/soc.culture.malaysia/IK1QB4s7svQ/vgNXGIm7utMJ
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20041023182718/http://www.dinakaran.com/cinema/english/gossip/7-07-98/manthra.htm
  6. ^ http://ajithkumar.free.fr/filmographie/inter22.htm
  7. ^ http://www.cscsarchive.org:8081/MediaArchive/art.nsf/(docid)/1D297F589F2327C665256940004C8AA3
  8. ^ "Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen (1998)".
  9. ^ Srinivasan, Karthik (25 September 2018). "How 6 Out Of 8 Songs In A 90s Aamir Khan Film Were Lifted From World Music". Film Companion. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  10. ^ http://www.cscsarchive.org:8081/MediaArchive/art.nsf/(docid)/61A888DFAA06FC856525694000614534
    - http://m.rediff.com/movies/1999/sep/15ajit.htm

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