Nadodi Thendral

Nadodi Thendral
Directed by Bharathiraja
Produced by Bharathiraja
Written by Sujatha Rangarajan (dialogues)
Screenplay by Bharathiraja
Story by Ilaiyaraaja
Starring Karthik
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography B. Kannan
Edited by P. Mohan Raj
Manoj Creations
Distributed by Manoj Creations
Release dates
18 April 1992
Running time
140 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Nadodi Thendral was a 1992 Tamil language film directed by Bharathiraja and written by Sujatha Rangarajan. It starred Karthik and Ranjitha in the lead roles. The music was provided by Ilayaraja.The music score by Ilayaraja was of much talk. As usual his background score and original score were fantastic. Ilayaraja penned story for this movie and also some lyrics. Featuring an international cast, the film was a period movie set in British India and was based on a triangular love story between a goldsmith (Karthik), a gypsy woman (Ranjitha) and the district collector's sister. Some critics opine that later movies such as the Hindi-language blockbuster Lagaan and the 2010 Tamil-language movie Madrasapattinam were inspired by Nadodi Thendral.


The story reveals around a triangular love between Karthik, Ranjitha and an English lady (District collector's daughter) during the British occupation in India. Karthik is a goldsmith's son, so he is too and Ranjitha is a gypsy woman has a poultry. At the start they both collide and very soon both falls for each other. At the same time, the braveness of Karthik is impressing the District Collector's sister's heart as well. The rest of the movie deals with how the lovers getting united with the help of the English lady



The movie was well received at the box office and was a commercially successful venture.


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

All lyrics written by Ilaiyaraaja. 

Track listing
No. TitleSinger(s) Length
1. "Oru Kanam Oru Yugamaga"  Ilaiyaraaja, S. Janaki  
2. "Sandhana Marbilae"  Mano, S. Janaki  
3. "Yaarum Vilaiyaadum Thottam"  Mano, K. S. Chithra  
4. "Maniyae Manikuyilae"  Mano, S. Janaki  
5. "Yelamalai Kaatukulle"  Malaysia Vasudevan  
6. "All The Time"  Malgudi Subha  


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