Kadhal Kottai (Eng: The Castle of Love) is a 1996 Indian Tamil-language Indian romance film directed by Agathiyan, in which Ajith Kumar and Devayani play lead roles, apart from Heera Rajgopal, Thalaivasal Vijay, and Karan who played important roles.
The film was a major commercial success at the box office and also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, the National Film Award for Best Direction as well as the National Film Award for Best Screenplay for Agathiyan. It garnered positive critical acclaim upon release in July 1996, and was subsequently remade into several Indian regional languages. It was dubbed into Telugu as Prema Lekha. The film met positive reviews and declared blockbuster running over 200 days becoming silver jubilee film.
Kamali (Devayani) lives with her sister and brother-in-law in Kothagiri, a small village in southwestern Ooty (mostly along the Nilgiri Hills) and is searching for a job and lives with high hopes of getting married soon. While in Madras, her purse is stolen and she fears she has lost her university certificates. Suriya (Ajith Kumar) who is a care-free man and doesn’t care about marriage, works in Jaipur finds the purse and sends it back to her, and a love develops through letters and phone calls. They agree to love each other without meeting, and Suriya eventually moves to Madras for work. However, Kamali’s brother-in-law is pressuring her to marry a suitable man and Suriya’s boss keeps trying to seduce him. Eventually, Kamali and Suriya unite through a run of coincidences.
Directed by Agathiyan
Produced by Sivashakthi Pandian
Written by Agathiyan
Starring Ajith Kumar, Devayani, Heera Rajgopal, Karan
Music by Deva
Cinematography Thangar Bachan
Edited by Lancy-Mohan
Production Sivasakthi Movie Makers
Distributed by Sivashakthi Movie Makers
Release date 12 July 1996
Running time 167 minutes