19 years of Alaipayuthey : 7 interesting facts about the film


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Alaipayuthey is one film which is still celebrated by romance fans across Tamil Nadu. The film went onto become a massive blockbuster. Let’s look at some rare facts of the film.

1. This was Madhavan’s first film in Tamil and catapulted him to instant fame. Madhavan would go onto become a Mani Ratnam regular with films like Guru, Ayutha Ezhuthu and Kannathil Muthamittal. The first choice for Madhavan’s role was stand up comedian/actor Karthik Kumar

2. The film was so popular that it was spoofed and used as a comic element in other Tamil films namely Budget Padmanaban and the epic Shah Jahan scene with Vivek and Kovai Sarala. Madhavan’s proposal scene in Alaipayuthey became a cute yet hilarious spoof in Boss Engira Baskaran

3. Singer/Actress Vasundhara Das was the first choice to play Shalini’s role.

4. 6 lakhs plus audio cassettes were sold which was a record at that time.

5. Singer Karthik who started as a chorus singer in Endrendrum Punnagai song from Alaipayuthey would later go onto become the lead singer with the Prasanth starrer Star. That film also had music by Rahman.

6. Aravind Swamy’s role in the film was supposed to be played by a different actor at first. Shah Rukh, Mammootty and Mohanlal were approached but the role eventually went to Aravind Swamy.

7. Alaipayuthey was supposed to be a songless film at first but since the film had less duration without songs it paved the way for Superhit songs.


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