|Story by||Manoj Kumar|
|Music by||S. A. Rajkumar|
|Cinematography||Arthur A. Wilson|
|Editing by||V. Jaishankar|
14 January 2000
Vaanathaippola (English: Like the Sky) is a 2000 Tamil drama film written and directed by Vikraman. The film features Vijayakanth in dual lead roles as well as Prabhu Deva, Livingston, Meena, Kausalya and Anju Aravind. Produced by Venu Ravichandran under Oscar Films, the film has a score and soundtrack composed by S. A. Rajkumar and cinematography handled by Arthur A. Wilson. The film tells the story of a caring brother who makes sacrifices to ensure his three younger brothers succeed in life.
The film opened to positive reviews and box office success in January 2000, and went on to win the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment the following year. Furthermore the success of the film led to two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, as well as several remakes in other Indian regional languages.
Vellaichaamy (Vijayakanth) thinks the world of his three brothers, even giving up marriage when he learns that the woman he loves plans to send them to a hostel after the wedding. The brothers live with their grandmother (S. N. Lakshmi). He works hard to raise them and they too reciprocate his love and affection. The eldest of the three, Muthu (Vijayakanth again), is a cook in a small hotel, When Vellachamy learns that Muthu is in love with his childhood playmate (Meena) he goes to the city to his friend (Rajiv) with the marriage proposal. Only to be insulted! Circumstances bring Muthu to the city, to the girl's palatial bungalow where he works as a cook. The girl is arrogant and rude till she realises that Muthu is her childhood pal. And now it is she who does all the wooing and persuades her father to get her married to Muthu.
One expects fireworks when she enters the rustic home of Muthu. But she happily blends into the sugary ambience. Her father, the business tycoon, does make some unpleasant noise in the background, but gives up soon enough. Shanmugam(Livingston), the second, is training to be an inspector, gets him married to his friend's daughter (Anju Aravind). Initially she too is rude and insulting to Vellachamy but due to her astrological reasons made her to speak like that, she too turns out to be a good lady.
The third brother (Prabhudeva) is a doctor. The brother has a girl friend (Kausalya) a talkative and vivacious girl. But she has just to meet Vellachamy and she becomes one more addition to the 'love Vellachamy' brigade. She however turns out to be the daughter of Vellachamy's enemy (Devan). The latter does make some unpleasant noise. But apart from taking a promise from Vellachamy that he would leave the village once the marriage was over, gives his consent. Devan's friend kidnaps Kausalya but Muthu saves her. Vellachamy returns and unites with his family.
- Vijayakanth as Vellaichamy and Muthu
- Prabhu Deva as Selvakumar
- Livingston as Shanmugam
- Anju Aravind
- Vineetha as Radha
- Ramesh Khanna
- Devan as Dharmalingam
- S. N. Lakshmi
- Kazan Khan
ReleaseThe film opened in January 2000 to predominantly positive reviews from critics. The Hindu gave the film a favourable review, remarking that "Vijaykanth excels in comedy and Ramesh Kanna has all the makings of a good comedian", "S. N. Lakshmi as the grandmother is hilarious and adds levity to the film as a whole" and that "Prabhu Deva and Kousalya form an energetic, sprightly pair." The critic also noted that "sentiment and sibling love fail to appeal after a point, when they reach implausible levels".
Vaanathaippola subsequently went on to become the most commercially successful film in Tamil, running for over 250 days in cinemas. The film secured a hit for the team and prompted Vijayakanth to star in further films. The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment the following year. Furthermore the success of the film led to two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, winning Best Film for Ravichandran and Best Director for Vikraman.
The film was remade in Telugu as Maa Annayya with Rajasekhar in the title roles, while a Kannada version Yejamana featured Vishnuvardhan. In 2009, Vikraman and Vijayakanth came back together to make another family drama film titled Mariyadhai, though failed to replicate the success of Vaanathaippola.
SoundtrackThe soundtrack of the film was composed by S. A. Rajkumar, was well received by the audience.
|2.||"Engal Veetil Ella Naalum"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sujatha, Arunmozhi|
|4.||"Nathiye Nayil Nathiye"||Sukhwinder Singh, Anuradha Sriram|
|5.||"Rojappu Maalaiyile"||K. S. Chithra, Mano|
|6.||"Thavaniye Ennai Mayakiriye"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Swarnalatha|
|8.||"Mainave Mainave"||Unni Menon, K. S. Chithra|