17 August 2001
Poovellam Un Vaasam (Tamil: பூவெல்லாம் உன் வாசம்) is a 2001 Tamil film directed by Ezhil and produced by V. Ravichandran, starring Ajith Kumar and Jyothika in leading roles. Nagesh, Sivakumar, Sayaji Shinde, Vivek also appear in supporting roles while Yukta Mookhey appeared in a solo item number. It was released in August 2001, earning critical acclaim and achieving commercial success.
Two families stay in identical bungalows, adjacent to each other, tracing their friendship to over forty years. Their respective progenies Chinna and Chella (Ajith and Jyotika) are childhood buddies, their easy camaraderie and strong bonding carried over to their adult years. The two study in the same college, same class, zoom together on the motorbike, their togetherness at home and college, as accepted a fact as it was in films like 'Piriyadha Varam Vendum', etc. Somewhere along the way, the duo fall in love, throwing some soft glances at each other, when the other is not looking. Their college mate, Karna (Yugendran, son of Malaysia Vasudevan), makes devious plans to separate the duo and make Chella his. He doesn't seem to have any running feud with Chinna, is quite friendly with the duo, nor does he seem to be particularly in love with Chella. Chinna laps up all that Karna tells him about Chella loving him, and is heartbroken and goes out of station on a business trip.
Chella, persuaded by both families to marry an NRI, boldly informs them that she loved Chinna, and would marry him. The two families are of course happy. Chinna returns home and learns of the preparation for his engagement ceremony. Feeling that since Chella loved Karna, it must be family pressure that must have forced her to agree, Chinna backs out. Now it is Chella's turn to be indignant about Chinna's mistrust of her love, and after giving him a piece of her mind, she backs out, with Chinna pleading for acceptance. After a period of separation, during which all ties between the two families are severed, Chella's family soon come to realise that they cannot live without their dearest friends (and lover). The two families then reunite.
Ajith Kumar signed the film in early 2001 after he pulled out of Praveenkanth's commercial film Star. The producers had initially approached Aishwarya Rai and then Preity Zinta to appear in the lead roles, with their refusals leading to the casting of Jyothika. Miss World 2001, Yukta Mookhey was roped in to appear in an item number. Ajith gained mass image before the filming so producer Ravichandran expressed his doubts to Ezhil about carrying on with such a family oriented film with an action hero like Ajith in hand. But Ezhil was confident about Ajith’s capabilities in pulling off varying roles.
Twin bungalows were erected in Prasad Studios for the film by art director Prabhakaran as the director could not locate a twin bungalow in the same compound. One house was built to feature antiques and the other with modern artifacts and computers. During the making of the film, Ajith was admitted to a Chennai city hospital for a surgery of his backbone causing a month's delay in the film.
The film opened to positive reviews with The Hindu critic labelling it as "reasonably interesting", with Ajith's performance being praised as "natural and neat". The success of the film prompted Ezhil, Ajith Kumar and Jyothika to team up for a venture the following year with Raja. It went on to win Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, securing second place in the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Family Film and Ajith winning a special prize from the committee for his performance. It also saw awards for Sai for Best Costume Designer, Prabhakaran for Best Art Director, Kovai Sarala for Best Comedian and Vidyasagar for Best Music Director. Jyothika was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil for her portrayal of Chella. She also won the Dinakaran Award for Best Actress and the Vikatan Award Best Actress.
The soundtrack was composed by Vidyasagar. All lyrics written by Vairamuthu.