16 Vayathinile (1977)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 20 mins

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This evocative tale is a love story in which a young maiden, Mayil (Sridevi), has fantasies about marrying a fashionable urban youth. When a sophisticated and city-bred veterinarian comes into their village, she is totally enamoured by him and dreams of marrying him. However, his intentions are not pure and he betrays her. The brokenhearted Mayil faces further woes when her mother also passes away, forcing her to marry her distant cousin, Sappani (Kamalahasan) a simpleton who is treated extremely poorly by society. How will Mayil come to terms with her shattered dreams and stark reality? Things get worse for her when she is pursued by the local bully Parattayan (Rajnikant). What fate awaits Mayil and what will Sappani role be in her life?
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Cast: Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Sridevi Kapoor

Crew: P Bharathiraja (Director), PS Nivas (Director of Photography), Ilaiyaraaja (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 15 Sep 1977 (India)

Tamil Name: பதினாறு வயதினிலே

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Did you know? The film was remade into Hindi as Solva Sawan (1979) directed by Bharathiraja, starring Sridevi, Amol Palekar in the lead roles. Read More
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Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Kannadasan
Playback Singer: S Janaki, Malaysia Vasudevan

Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Kannadasan
Playback Singer: Ilaiyaraaja

Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: S Janaki

Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Gangai Amaran
Playback Singer: S Janaki

Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Kannadasan
Playback Singer: S Janaki
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Remade as: Padaharella Vayasu (Telugu)
Remade as: Solva Sawan (Hindi)
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This musical established Sridevi as one of the leading stars of Tamil cinema.

This film focused on rural Tamil Nadu and was the first Tamil film to be shot completely outdoors. It began the trend of outdoor shooting in Tamil film industry.

This movie marks Bharathiraja's directorial debut.

This film won four State Awards and one each in the South Filmfare Awards and National Film Awards ceremonies.

This film was remade into Telugu as Padaharella Vayasu (1978), directed by K Raghavendra Rao, starring Sridevi, Chandramohan, and Mohan Babu in the lead roles.

The film was remade into Hindi as Solva Sawan (1979) directed by Bharathiraja, starring Sridevi, Amol Palekar in the lead roles.

In 2009, Kannada actor Ganesh stated that he and his wife had acquired the remake rights of this movie.

Tamil producer Rajkannu was a lorry driver by profession. He had an ambition to make at least one film in his lifetime! When Bharathiraja said he can make a film with four and half lakhs, Rajkannu agreed and started the film, but the film was not finished within the planned budget, and he had to sell off his lorry in order to complete the film. However, as the film reached its completion, no one seemed to come forward to release the film, and the producer was forced to release the movie himself with six prints.

Bharathiraja said that this movie was to be made in black-and-white by the National Film Development Corporation of India, but it backed out at the last minute. Bharathiraja went ahead with the film, shooting for the first time in natural light. Kamal Haasan said that they did not have the budget to afford a camera that could shoot slow motion scenes and therefore Sridevi had to literally run in slow motion for a particular scene.

Bharathiraja said that he had approached Rajinikanth by telling him that he was making an art film.

Kanthimathi was cast as Mayil's mother and Bharathiraja stated, at the time I was the script for this movie, I was looking for someone who could speak the ‘vattara vazhakku' (local dialect) well, and I could not think of anyone else.