Kadhal Desam (Eng: Land of Love) is a 1996 Indian Tamil-language action romance 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. K. V. Anand was the cinematographer for the project and A. R. Rahman composed the film’s soundtrack and score. The film opened in August 1996 to positive reviews from critics and became a box office success.
In the city of 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, lives 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 number of 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. The end of the movie shows whether Divya will fall in love with one of them and whether their friendship will be affected forever. 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.
Directed by Kathir
Produced by K. T. Kunjumon
Written by Kathir
Starring Abbas, Vineeth, Tabu
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography K. V. Anand
Edited by B. Lenin & V. T. Vijayan
Production Gentleman Film International
Distributed by Gentleman Film International
Release date 23 August 1996
Running time 158 minutes