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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.

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Cast

Credited cast:
... Karthik
... Shakti
... Poorni
V. Natarajan ... Karthik's father
... Karthik's mother
Ravi Prakash ... Father of Shakti (as Ravi Prakaash)
... Mother of Shakti
... Shakti's cousin
... Shakti's Aunty
... House Owner (as Alagam Perumal)
Karthik Kumar ... American maapillai
... Guest Appearance (as Aravinda Samy)
... Guest Appearance
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Venu Arvind
Kumar Natarajan ... Karthik's brother (Lawyer)
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Storyline

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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14 April 2000 (India)  »

Also Known As:

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INR 350,000,000, 31 December 2001
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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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Simply superb!! Heart warming love story!
24 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

I have NO words to describe HOW WELL this movie has been made. This movie rediscovers the beauty of LOVE, long after the success of DDLJ, when creativity started dwindling with more and more movies trying to replicate it rather than coming up with something altogether different or FRESH. We thought to ourselves, WILL WE EVER GET TO SEE A DECENT AND TOUCHING LOVE STORY??!!!! Mani Rathnam heard us and gave us `Alai Payudhe'.

As we all know, Mani is the JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES and MASTER of none, but after watching this movie, we feel that is an UNDERSTATEMENT to praise such a talented Filmmaker who's always filled with new ideas. Hats off to him and his GREY CELLS, which come in use ever so often.

It is the way in which he goes about telling the story which GLUES us to our seat and makes us LAUGH till we CRY. The treatment is what is important in a LOVE STORY and NOT the Cast or the Locales, which has been given MOST importance in Bollywood and nowadays, even Madrasi filmmakers are going the same way. Mani tries to prove all of them WRONG.

Truly different, this movie has the Best of Mani's creativity, Rahman's music, P.C.Sreeram's cinematography (though it's a bit shaky in the climax), and SUPERB performances by the WHOLE cast. Well worth the money I spent on the VCD!!!

Pros Award winning Direction, Music, Cinematography, Dialogues, First rate performances by the whole cast, simple storyline and Superb screenplay.

Cons Few clichés, minor glitches in photography, tear jerking climax and the scantily clad Sophiya Haque song.


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