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Kadhal Desam

  • 23 Aug 1996
  • 2h 38m
  • Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
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Kadhal Desam is an Indian 1996 Tamil romantic dramedy thriller film written and directed by Kathir and produced by K. T. Kunjumon. The film starred Abbas, Vineeth and Tabu in the lead roles, while S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vadivelu, Chinni Jayanth and Srividya played other pivotal characters.





  • Status Released
  • Release date 23 Aug 1996
  • Running time 2h 38m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller


Abbas, Vineeth, Tabu, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Srividya, Vadivelu, Chinni Jayanth
B. Lenin, V. T. Vijayan
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller

In Chennai, a traditional rivalry has always existed between the students of Pachaiyappa's and Loyola colleges. Karthik (Vineeth) is a poor orphan who studies in Pachaiyappa's College, a hobo in a rented room, travels by the bus, hangs out with a number of friends, and is the captain of his football team. He is also a good poet and daydreams about his dream girl. Arun (Abbas), on the other hand, comes from a rich and wealthy family, studies in Loyola College, drives his own car, hangs out with numerous friends, and is also the captain of his football team. In a nasty intercollege riot, Arun saves Karthik's life. So in return, Karthik lets Arun win in a soccer game because he thinks Arun can't take losses easily. Arun realizes that the victory is because of Karthik's sacrifice.

They become good friends, setting a good example of friendship to others in their college. Things go smooth until a new girl Divya (Tabu), joins the college. Both Arun and Karthik fall in love with her, but neither of them realizes that both are in love with the same girl. Following a sequence of events, when they realize that both are loving the same girl, their friendship is strained, and they fight with each other. At the end, Divya says that she likes them both but does not want to choose one, thereby losing the other and disrupting their friendship. Hence the film ends with Arun and Karthik regaining their friendship and remaining friends with Divya.


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