Movie Rating 3.5 / 5


Minnale (transl. Lightning) is a 2001 Indian Tamil-language romance film directed by Gautham Menon. The story was written by him and Vipul D. Shah. Starring MadhavanAbbasReemaVivek and Nagesh, it tells the story of a love-struck man stealing the identity of his former college foe to pursue his lady love and the eventual repercussions he has to face when his cover is blown.

Minnale is the directorial debut of Menon. The film’s original soundtrack composed by first time music composer Harris Jayaraj, became a chartbuster prior to the film’s release. The cinematography of the film was handled by R. D. Rajasekhar and Ravi Varman and it was edited by Suresh Urs.

Minnale was released on February 2, 2001. The film received positive reviews from critics and enjoyed stupendous blockbuster commercial success at the box office. Menon remade the film the same year in Hindi as Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, which featured Madhavan reprising his role.


  • Madhavan as Rajesh Shivakumar/Porki
  • Abbas as Rajiv ‘Sam’ Samuel
  • Reema as Reena Joseph
  • Nagesh as Subramanyam “Subbuni”
  • Vivek as Chockalingam ‘Chokku’
  • DJ Ravi as Ravi, Madhavan’s Friend
  • Sriram Rajagopal as Madhavan’s Friend
  • Danny Danz as Madhavan’s Friend
  • Kitty as Joseph, Reena’s father
  • Fathima Babu as Shanthi, Reena’s mother
  • Rajiv Choudhry as Rajiv’s father
  • Janaki Sabesh as Rajiv’s mother
  • Krishna as Lorry Driver
  • A. C. Murali Mohan
  • Raji Iyer as Vasuki, Reena’s friend
  • Pondy Ravi as Ravi, Reena’s neighbour in Chennai
  • Hariharan Ganapathy (Kavin Jay Babu) as Rajesh’s Classmate
  • Manish Borundia as Manish, Rajesh’s classmate
  • Vidharth as Rajesh’s classmate (uncredited)
  • Gautham Menon as the flower deliveryman to Reena (uncredited)
  • R. D. Rajasekhar as the flower deliveryman to Reena (uncredited)
  • Nagendra Prasad as a dancer in Azhagiya Theeye song (uncredited)
  • Shobi as a dancer in Azhagiya Theeye song (uncredited)
  • Sridhar as a dancer in Azhagiya Theeye song (uncredited)


No Title Lyrics Singers Composer Length
1 “Azhagiya Theeye” Vaali Harish Raghavendra, Timmy Harris Jayaraj 5:56
2 “Iru Vizhi Unadhu (Orey Nyabagam)” Thamarai Devan Ekambaram Harris Jayaraj 1:56
3 “Maddy Maddy” C.S.Amudhan Karthik, Timmy Harris Jayaraj 1:15
4 “Vaseegara” Thamarai Bombay Jayashree Harris Jayaraj 5:00
5 “Oh Mama Mama” Vaali Shankar MahadevanTippu Harris Jayaraj 4:40
6 “Poopol Poopol” Thamarai Karthik, Tippu Harris Jayaraj 1:57
7 “Nenjai Poopol” Thamarai Harish Raghavendra Harris Jayaraj 1:01
8 “Venmathi Venmathiye Nillu” Vaali Roop Kumar Rathod, Tippu Harris Jayaraj 5:28
9 “Ivan Yaaro” Thamarai Unni KrishnanHarini Harris Jayaraj 5:13