|Directed by||Radha Bharathi|
|Written by||Radha Bharathi|
|Produced by||S. Suresh|
|Edited by||Lancy - Mohan|
Kaatrullavarai (transl. As long as I breath) is a 2005 Indian Tamil romantic drama film directed by Radha Bharathi. The film features Jai Akash and Pranathi in lead roles, with Vadivelu, newcomer S. Suresh, newcomer Madhupriya, Rajesh, Rajeev, Kazan Khan and R. Sundarrajan playing supporting roles. The film, produced by S. Suresh, had musical score by Bharani and was released on 1 July 2005.
Narmadha (Pranathi) is one of the leading actresses of Tamil cinema while Bala (Jai Akash) is her car driver. Bala, who has a stutter, tries his best to protect Narmadha from danger but Narmadha hates the sight of him and doesn't miss a chance to scold him. In the meantime, the carefree young man "Burma" Bala (S. Suresh), an ardent fan of Narmadha, wants to marry her. Thereafter, "Burma" Bala and Narmadha's maid Kausi (Madhupriya) fall in love with each other. After a new misunderstanding, Narmadha orders Bala to get out of her house. Her father Ramkumar (Rajesh) then explains to her why Bala worked for them all along despite her insulting remarks.
A few years back, Bala was the son of the village chief and dreamt to become a playback singer. He then left his village and came to Chennai, nobody was ready to give him a chance to sing and all his attempts to become a singer failed. Meanwhile, Narmadha who was still studying in college got an opportunity to act as a heroine in a film. First reluctant, she accepts when she needed money for her mother's heart surgery. During the shooting of her first film, Narmadha and her father Ramkumar met Bala, they felt pity for him and decided to help him. Bala stayed in Narmadha's home and before the death of Narmadha's mother, Bala promised her to make her daughter Narmadha a successful actress. Bala and Narmadha eventually fell in love with each. Later, Narmadha's first film got negative reviews during the test screening, so the film's financier planned to kill Narmadha before its release to create publicity thus making it a blockbuster film. Bala who had listened to his conversation tried to save her from the goons. During the fight, Narmadha and Bala got injured in the head but they managed to escape and ended up in a mass marriage ceremony. Ramkumar who was with them agreed for the wedding and they got married. When Bala's father (Rajeev) came to know about the wedding, he gave Bala one of his properties and disowned his son. Later at the hospital, Narmadha had been diagnosed with selective amnesia (she didn't remember anything for the past 2 years) whereas Bala developed a stutter. To release Narmadha's first film, Bala sold his property and paid the film's producer. Upon release, Narmadha received acclaim for her acting by critics and audience alike but the film flopped and Bala lost all his money. However, Narmadha was flooded with offers to act in films. To save his daughter's acting career and her mother's dream, Ramkumar begged Bala to not disclose about their wedding at any moment and Bala began to work as her car driver.
Narmadha, who finally comes to know about Bala's sacrifices, decides to put an end to her acting career and to live with her husband Bala. Bala and Narmadha live happily ever after.
- Jai Akash as Bala
- Pranathi as Narmadha
- Vadivelu as "Watchman" Venkatesh
- S. Suresh as "Burma" Bala
- Madhupriya as Kausi
- Rajesh as Ramkumar
- Rajeev as Bala's father
- Kazan Khan as Mahesh
- R. Sundarrajan as Kanakku
- Santhana Bharathi as Peethambharan
- T. P. Gajendran as Director
- Pandu as Ranga
- Kumarimuthu as Kumarimuthu
- Poongavanam as Rao
- P. R. Varalakshmi as Narmadha's mother
- Aarthi as Jyothika
- Viji Ketti as Bala's mother
- Kumaresan as Director Kumar
- Vellai Subbaiah
- MLA Thangaraj
- Ganeshkar as Jackie Chan
- Ravi Shanth as Bheem boy
- Bonda Mani as Watchman
- Singamuthu as Photo album astrologer
- Halwa Vasu as Goyyathoppu Ayyasamy
- Vengal Rao as Korangu Kuppusamy
- V. M. Subburaj as Govindasamy
- Vijay Ganesh as Marriage broker
- Priyanka as Host
- Usha Elizabeth as Maid
- P. Vasu in a cameo appearance
- Jaguar Thangam in a cameo appearance
- Vandar Kuzhazhi Smitha in a special appearance
Director Radha Bharathi who directed films such as Vaigasi Poranthachu (1990) and Kizhakke Varum Paattu (1993) made his return to Tamil cinema after a hiatus with Kaatrullavarai under the banner of Sheeaasu Films. Jai Akash was chosen to play the hero of the film and paired once again with actress Pranathi after Gurudeva (2005). S. Suresh, the producer of the film played an important role and Madhupriya, a debutante acted opposite him, while Vadivelu handled the comedy. Kichas had cranked the camera whereas music was scored by music director Bharani. Speaking about the film, the director said, "the film has a gripping story of an actress kidnapped by a few anti-socials with the hero stepping in to rescue her".
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||8 April 2005|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"Aanvaasamum Penvaasamum"||Kabilan||Karthik, K. S. Chithra||4:44|
|2.||"Mazhaiyil Nanaindha (male 1)"||Yugabharathi||Karthik||4:42|
|3.||"Naa Unnai Nee Ennai"||P. Vijay||Krishnaraj, B. Sumi||4:00|
|4.||"Sevandhiye Sevandhiye"||Kavi Bhaskar||Harish Raghavendra||5:08|
|5.||"Mazhaiyil Nanaindha (female)"||Yugabharathi||K. S. Chithra||4:43|
|6.||"Unnai Nambithan"||Sundara Gandhi||Harish Raghavendra, B. Sumi||4:41|
|7.||"Mazhaiyil Nanaindha (male 2)"||Yugabharathi||P. Jayachandran||4:43|
Balaji Balasubramaniam of bbthots.com wrote, "the film has an uncharismatic lead pair, weak cast, unreal characters, unbelievable situations, medical blunders, unfunny comedy, cheap item numbers and vulgar duets". Indiaglitz said, "Jai Akash looks dull and weak while Pranathy lacks any screen presence. The newcomer Suresh does nothing to impress the audience. Vadivelu's comedy too doesn't work" and added, "nothing can save the movie as the director seems to have shot himself in the foot". P. V. Sathish Kumar of nowrunning.com wrote, "Radha Bharathi's loosely coupled screenplay and hackneyed narration are responsible for not attracting the audience".
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