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Alai Payuthey (2000)

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


Mani Ratnam


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Credited cast:
Madhavan ... Karthik
Shalini ... Shakti
Swarnamalya ... Poorni
V. Natarajan V. Natarajan ... Karthik's father
K.P.A.C. Lalitha ... Karthik's mother
Ravi Prakash 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 Karthik Kumar ... American maapillai
Arvind Swamy ... Guest Appearance (as Aravinda Samy)
Kushboo ... Guest Appearance
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Venu Arvind Venu Arvind
Kumar Natarajan 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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Official Sites:

Madras Talkies





Release Date:

14 April 2000 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Alaipayuthey See more »


Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 350,000,000, 31 December 2001
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Madras Talkies See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

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 »


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User Reviews

A Love story that goes after Love..
6 June 2002 | by AshokePrabhaSee all my reviews

This is a repost.

It is an urban love story. In Mani's own style. Not like usual love stories in which heroes will be diving over boards and bikes to fight against the will of (mostly) heroine's dad or some wicked uncle, this one goes some months after a love marriage and tries to look in the problems somewhat realistically.

Basic elements of love story such as good songs, photography and interesting scenes are amply available. So it's a treat and fun to watch. I watched this movie between 15 to 50 times(max). The foremost reason being Shalini for whom I had got such a likening. It's unfortunate that she did not continue acting after her marriage. She gives a good performance with Madhavan(introduced in this film).

AR Rahman's songs of this film are still standing melodies. The film was a huge hit in A and B centers in TamilNad, India. I even know certain instances of marriages following this film's logic. Heard somebody said this one was from an English movie and all. This one might have some influence but definitely not a copy.

Another interesting thing to me in this film is the narration style. If the same story narrated in a linear mode then it would not have evoked the same emotions one would feel. Writer(director)'s choice was good.

I bet at least 70% of Chennai city lovers would have watched this movie. Was such a popular one at that time. This is a well made, perfectly acted, scored, photographed and scored movie. But can not be a classic. My rating is a 7. Oh..+ 2(just for Shalini alone).

Watch it to get your mind wavered with love(alai payuthey's literal meaning is '{my mind} is wavering').

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