|Directed by||R. Sundarrajan|
|Written by||R. Sundarrajan|
|Distributed by||Appu Movies|
|23 October 1984|
Vaidhegi Kaathirundhaal (English: Vaidehi was waiting) is a 1984 Indian Tamil language Romantic Drama film written and directed by R. Sundarrajan starring Vijayakanth, Revathi, Parimalam, Goundamani and Senthil. The film was successful and was considered one of the master pieces of R. Sundarrajan. The film was remade in Telugu as Manchi Manasulu and in Kannada as Preethi Nee Illade Naa Hegirali'.'
Vellaisamy (Vijayakanth) is an unkempt derelict who lives by the village temple doing menial jobs to survive but has an impressive singing ability, while Vaidhegi (Revathi) is a young widow who lives in the village with her sorrowing, alcoholic father. One day when some villagers spot Vellaisamy scribbling Vaidhegi's name on the temple walls, rumours start flying around. When a distressed Vaidhegi approaches and questions Vellaisamy, he reveals his tragic past and how he lost the woman of his affection, also named Vaidhegi. Vellaisamy and Vaidhegi now share a mutual respect for each other's melancholic lives but soon realize they need to work together to unite a young couple in love against the wrath of the whole village.
- Vijayakanth as Vellaisamy
- Revathi as Vaidhegi
- Goundamani as All in All Azhaguraja
- Senthil as Komuthi Talaiyan
- Parimalam as Vaidhegi
- Radharavi as Vellikizhamai Ramasamy
- Sivankumar as Nataraj
- Kokila as Sengamalam
- Kovai Sarala
- TS. Raghavendra
The music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.
|1||Azhagu Malaraada||S. Janaki, TS. Raghavendra||Vaali||05:31|
|2||Inraiku Yen Indha||P. Jayachandran, Vani Jairam||Gangai Amaran||04:29|
|4||Megam Karukayilae||Ilaiyaraaja, Uma Ramanan||Panju Arunachalam||04:28|
|6||Rasathi Unnai||P. Jayachandran||05:36|
Production and after release
Vijayakanth agreed to play a "soft role" at a time when he starred in many action films and was branded an action hero. Director Sundarrajan stated that the actual producers were against Vijayakanth playing the lead role in the film but that he insisted on him and made the film with another producer. He also said that this film gave Vijayakanth a big break. Sify wrote that it was one of the films that made him the "Raja of B and C stations".
The quote "Petromax light-e than venuma" ("Do you want only the petromax light?") spoken by Goundamani in the film is a popular phrase in Tamil Nadu and refers to someone wanting and persisting on something particular. The Chennai based brand Dude Thamizha prints T-shirts that carry the dialogue which are their bestsellers too. The character name of Goundamani, All in All Azhagu Raja, was also used as the title for director M. Rajesh's 2013 film.
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