Thulladha Manamum Thullum

Thulladha Manamum Thullum
Directed by Ezhil
Produced by R. B. Choudary
Written by Ezhil
Starring Vijay
Music by S. A. Rajkumar
Cinematography R. Selva
Edited by V. Jaishankar
R. B. Choudary
Distributed by Super Good Films
Release dates
  • 29 January 1999 (1999-01-29)
Running time
150 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Thulladha Manamum Thullum (English: (lit.) Hearts That Don't Jump, Will Jump) is a 1999 Tamil romantic film directed by Ezhil. This movie is based on 1931 Hollywood movie Charlie Chaplin's City Lights. The film stars Vijay and Simran, while Manivannan, Dhamu and Vaiyapuri among others play supporting roles. The film, produced by R. B. Choudary, has its score and soundtrack composed by S. A. Rajkumar and cinematography handled by R. Selva. The film went on to win critical acclaim and was declared a blockbuster at the box office.[1] This movie acclaimed a huge fan following for Vijay in Kerala for the Malayalam version.[2]


Kutty (Vijay) wants to become a singer while working as a local cable provider run by Mani (Manivannan). His songs are appreciated by a college student Rukmani (Simran) and each time when she wishes to meet him, circumstances project him as a transitive element. He also becomes the cause for Rukmani losing her eyesight and repents for it. He starts to love her and he regularly writes to his mother about the development of love he has for Rukmani. When his mother dies, she offers her eyes to Rukmani. To meet the cost of the eye transplant, Kutty offers his kidney to a Pune-based rich man. While returning home he inadvertently becomes an accomplice in creating explosives and he's arrested. Having regained her vision, Rukmani, who had studied for IAS, becomes a Collector and when Kutty tries to contact her, he is still the rowdy element in her mind. Finally the confusion is cleared after "Innisai Paadivarum" is played and they become lovers at the end as always.



The film saw director Ezhil, an erstwhile assistant to Robert-Rajashekhar, Panneer and Parthiban, make his debut as a film-maker under R. B. Choudary's production house. Prior to release, the role of Vijay's mother in the film was kept under wraps with the media speculating who would play the role. Eventually, no actress played the role although the character played a pivotal part in the film.[3] Vijay took a pay cut for the film, accepting only 30 lakh rupees instead of 50 lakh rupees, as he had signed the film before the release of his blockbuster Kadhalukku Mariyadhai.[4]


The satellite rights of the film were secured by Sun TV. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.


The film went on to become a blockbuster, running for hundred days across dozens of theatres in Tamil Nadu, while it also enjoyed similar success in the neighbouring state of Kerala.[5] Vijay and Ezhil immediately decided to follow up this film with another collaboration, Pennin Manathai Thottu, with either Isha Koppikar or Roja to be roped in as the lead actress. However soon after pre-production, Vijay was replaced by Prabhu Deva and the film went on to release in 2000.[4][6] The success of the film led to more offers for Simran who with, Thulladha Manamum Thullum and Vaali, established herself among the leading actresses in Tamil films.[7] Vijay and Simran were also paired together in several other films after the success of Thulladha Manamum Thullum, with projects titled Priyamanavale and Udhaya launched weeks after this film's release.[8]

A critic from the Deccan Herald mentioned that "the experience of seeing the film is simply thrilling", mentioning that the success comes from "the naivete, the simplicity, the absolute lack of sophistication, and from the delightful hero (Vijay)".[9]


Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South


[10] The film was remade in Kannada as O Nanna Nalle with V Ravichandran .It was remade in Telugu as Nuvvu Vastavani. It was also remade in Oriya as I Love You. It also partly inspired two Hindi language films - Rohit Nayyar's Sun Zarra in 2006 and Yash Raj Films' 2010 film Lafangey Parindey.


Thulladha Manamum Thullum
Soundtrack album by S.A. Rajkumar
Released 1999
Recorded 1999
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 34.06
Label Star Music
Sa Re Ga Ma
Producer S.A. Rajkumar
S.A. Rajkumar chronology
Poove Unakkaga
Thulladha Manamum Thullum

The soundtrack of the film was composed by S. A. Rajkumar was well received by the audience, while lyrics were written by Vairamuthu and Vijayan.

No. TitleSinger(s) Length
1. "Thoda Thodu Enavae Vanavil"  Hariharan, K.S.Chithra 4:44
2. "Innisai Paadivarum"  P. Unni Krishnan 4:55
3. "Iruvathu Kodi"  Hariharan 5:05
4. "Innisai Paadivarum"  K.S.Chithra 4:55
5. "Palapalakkudhu"  Gopal Rao 5:02
6. "Megamai Vanthu"  Rajesh Krishnan 4:21
7. "Kakkai Siraginilae"  Sujatha 1:21
8. "Innisai Paadivarum"  P. Unni Krishnan, Chorus 5:03
9. "Irubathu Kodi Nilavugal Koodi"  Hariharan & Chrous  
Total length:


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