GenreMusical, Romance Music directorM. S. Viswanathan CountryIndia
Release date14 April 1979 (1979-04-14) CastKamal Haasan (Chandru), Jayaprada (Sona), Rajnikanth (Deepak), Geetha (Receptionist) Similar moviesRelated K Balachander movies
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Ninaithale Inikkum (English: Sweet Memories) is a 1979 Indian Tamil-language comedy-drama film directed by K. Balachander starring Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth, Jayaprada, Geetha and Nakul. The story was written by Sujatha Rangarajan. The film was also simultaneously shot in Telugu as Andamaina Anubhavam. A large part of the film was shot in Singapore.
The film follows lead chandru (Kamal Hassan) who plays a singer and his band on a tour to Singapore. Over there Chandru meets his love interest Sona (Jayaprada), only to find that she is terminally ill.
Many of K. Balachander's students like Jayasudha, Sarath Babu, Geetha and Narayana Rao appear in cameo for their mentor. This was the debut film for actor S. V. Shekhar. Jayasudha's sister Subhashini also appears. The band in the movie and the music were inspired by the Beatles.
The film was entirely shot in Singapore. The scene where Rajinikanth is challenged to flip his cigarette 10 times or lose a finger is based on Roald Dahl's Man from the South.
The soundtrack was composed by M. S. Viswanathan while the lyrics were written by Kannadasan. The song "Engeyum Eppothum" was one of the famous songs from the film. The song was remixed by Yogi B in Pollathavan (2007). The song "Sambo Siva Sambo" was remixed by Vijay Antony as "Avala Nambithan" for Salim (2014). Sudha Raghunathan noted that "Ninaithale Inikkum just rocked the scene with MSV Sir bringing out his innovative streaks."
Namma Ooru Singari - S. P. Balasubramaniam
Sayonara Vesham Kalainthathu - S. P. Balasubramaniam
Nizhal Kandavan — S. P. Balasubramaniam
Ninaiththaale Inikkum — S. P. Balasubramaniam, S. Janaki
Vaaniley medai amaithu — S. P. Balasubramaniam
Aananda Thaandavamo - L. R. Eswari
Barathi Kannamma — S. P. Balasubramaniam, Vani Jayaram
Inimai Nirainda Ulagam — S. P. Balasubramaniam, L. R. Eswari
Kaaththirunthen — S. P. Balasubramaniam
Sambo Sivasambo - M. S. Viswanathan
Thattiketka Aalillai — S. P. Balasubramaniam
Yaathum Oore — S. P. Balasubramaniam, P. Susheela
Engeyum Eppothum — S. P. Balasubramaniam
Films like Bharathi Kannamma (1997), Engeyum Eppodhum (2011) were named after the film's songs. In 2009, another film called Ninaithale Inikkum, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Sakthi Vasu and Priyamani was released. G. N. R. Kumaravelan who directed the film, stated that the title was "right for my film on students and the college scenario".
Abaswaram Ramji conducted a stage show called Ninaithale Inikkum in 2006. A stage play called "Sambo Siva sambo" named after the film's song was conducted by Theatre of Maham. M. S. Viswanathan composed the background music for the play.
A digitally restored version of the film was released on 4 October 2013, but received a lukewarm response at the box office.