If you take out the best romantic films made in India, Mani Ratnam's timeless classic Alaipayuthey will definitely find a spot on the list. The film got dubbed into Telugu as Sakhi. Both versions have become blockbusters at the box office. Also, Sakhi still enjoys a cult fan base among the audiences. It's been 20 years for its release. On this landmark occasion, get a look back into the film.
Sakhi is the love story between Karthik and Shakti. They fall in love with the suburban trains of Chennai and get married eventually against the will of their parents. Soon, they realize that marriage is not heavenly as it gets expected to be. How their married life takes several turns forms the rest of the story. The sizzling chemistry between the leads Madhavan and Shalini is the major highlight of the film. The next best things of this classic are the cinematography by PC Sreeram and the music of AR Rahman. All the songs were chartbusters and still enjoyed by all the sections of audiences. Sakhi is one of the best albums composed by Rahman. All the tracks in Telugu got penned by legendary lyricist Veturi. Songs like Snehithuda, Yede Yededey, Kailove Chedugudu and Pachhandhanamey still remain fresh in the minds of the audiences.
We should not forget the masterful work of director Mani Ratnam. He knows how exactly to turn a simple story with engaging storytelling. Sakhi ran for more than 100 days in both Tamil and Telugu. It also made Madhavan a 'heartthrob' for all young ladies down the South.