Alai Payuthey (2000)

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After a difficult romance in a class-divided society, the love birds find out marriage is not what they thought it would be.



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Credited cast:
Shalini ...
Swarnamalya ...
V. Natarajan ...
Karthik's father
K.P.A.C. Lalitha ...
Karthik's mother
Ravi Prakash ...
Father of Shakti (as Ravi Prakaash)
Jayasudha ...
Mother of Shakti
Vivek ...
Shakti's cousin
Sukumari ...
Shakti's Aunty
Azhagam Perumal ...
House Owner (as Alagam Perumal)
Karthik Kumar ...
American maapillai
Arvind Swamy ...
Guest Appearance (as Aravinda Samy)
Kushboo ...
Guest Appearance
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Venu Arvind
Kumar Natarajan ...
Karthik's brother (Lawyer)


Karthik (Madhavan) is frantic after the disappearance of his wife Shakti (Shalini). Told in flashbacks, the film traces their brief marriage as the couple's dreamy romance runs through the usual gamut of highs and lows. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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Drama | Musical | Romance



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Release Date:

14 April 2000 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Flowing Waves  »

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2.35 : 1
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Originally, famous actress and singer Vasundhara Das was considered for the role of Shakti. However, Shalini ended up bagging the role. See more »


Referenced in Sakkarakatti (2007) See more »

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10 stars for the Songs, -2 for the movie
1 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

While this movie is incredibly stupid, boring and uses the same old formula again and again, the songs by AR Rehman are absolutely mind blowing. The acting is OK but the story and flow is not what you expect from Mani ratnam. So why does this movie deserve 8 stars? Its because without the movie and plot itself, the songs may have never seen the light of day or given AR Rehman the appropriate ideas. The situation (not plot) is very similar to Thiruda Thiruda where the movie itself is garbage but the songs were ground breaking and downright unbelievable. Along with Thiruda Thiruda, this film has to have the best songs ever produced from India and some of the best in the world. In emotional terms, very few around the entire world even come close.

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