Kizhakku Cheemayile (English: In The Eastern Town) is a 1993 Tamil film directed by Bharathiraaja. It has music composed by A. R. Rahman. The film involves a touching sentimental story between a brother and a sister. Radhika and Vijayakumar have been highly praised for their roles in the film. The film was one among Deepavali releases of 1993. Later it was remade in Telugu in 1994 as Palnati Pourusham.
Script and dialogue writer M. Rathna Kumar first approached S. Thanu to produce this film. Thanu liked the script. worked on it with him and then asked him to narrate it to Bharathirajaa, saying he is the appropriate person to direct the film. The project became a reality after he came on board.
The film was made on first copy basis by Bharathirajaa for the producer at a cost of 80 lakhs. Originally, Rajkiran was considered for the role of Maayaandi. However, when his salary expectation was too high, Vijayakumar was finally selected for the role.
Vadivelu was paid a small amount for the film. However, after acting in the film in the character of Occhu, he stated that this film’s success would establish his career, which it did. Producer S. Thanu advertised the film using only Bharathirajaa, A. R. Rahman and Vairamuthu in the wall posters on the launch date as they were more popular than the artistes. For the first time, computerised digital designing method was used to print posters and publicity materials. Famous poet Arivumathi worked as an assistant with this film.
Directed by Bharathiraja
Produced by S. Thanu
Written by M. Rathnakumar (dialogues)
Screenplay by Bharathiraja
Story by M. Rathnakumar
Starring Vijayakumar, Radhika, Napoleon, Vignesh, Vadivelu
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography B. Kannan
Edited by K. Pazhanivel
Production V Creations
Distributed by V Creations
Release date 13 November 1993
Running time 147 mins