S. A. Chandrasekhar
June 25, 1999
Nenjinile is a 1999 Tamil action thriller film directed and co-written by S. A. Chandrasekhar. The film features Vijay and Isha Koppikar in the lead roles, while Sonu Sood, Sriman and Manivannan play supporting roles. The film's music is composed by Deva, and the film opened in June 1999 to a mixed response at box office. This movie was dubbed in Hindi as Dilwala Baazigar and in Telugu as Sarathi.
The story starts with Karunakaran (Vijay) leaving his village to go to Mumbai looking for a job to help his sister's wedding. He lives with his sister and there he meets Nisha (Isha Koppikar), who loves him at first sight. He first rejects her but later he starts to love her too. He's unable to get a job, and through a friend, joins as a hit man for a gangster. This brings him a lot of money, in this way he can help his family. But when his own gang plan to kill Nisha after killing her parents, he tries to protect her, earning their wrath. Whether he can save Nisha or not forms the crux of the story
Vijay recommended Isha Koppikar for the lead female role to his father, who signed her on. Vijay revealed he was impressed with her acting despite her lack of understanding of Tamil. An item number was shot with actress Roja making a special appearance in the film. For another song in the film, lyricist Arivumathi was asked to write a song in praise of Vijay – unable to inspire himself to do so, the lyricist later wrote a song around the success of Rajinikanth, hoping it would also adapt to Vijay's rise.
During the post-production stages, S. A. Chandrasekhar accused the son of veteran director K. Balachandar of trying to make illegal copies of the film. The allegations prompted Vijay to pull out of a film he had agreed to act in under Balachandar's production house.
The film opened to negative reviews, with the critic of Indolink.com claiming the film Chandrasekhar "screwed up the storyline part in a very major way" while mentioning that the only respite was the film's music. The film became a financial failure at the box office and triggered a run of continuous unsuccessful films for Vijay such as Minsara Kanna'