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En Swasa Katre
Directed by K.S.Ravi
Starring Arvind Swamy
Isha Koppikar
Prakash Raj
Chinni Jayanth
Santhana Bharathi
Music by A. R. Rahman
Release date(s) 1999
Language Tamil

En Swasa Katre (My Life Breath) is a Tamil language motion picture released in 1999. The film stars Arvind Swamy, Isha Koppikar, Prakash Raj and Raghuvaran. The music is by A.R.Rahman. The director of this film is Ravi. The film was released in Feb 1999 in India and worldwide. The actress Isha Koppikar debuted in the South Indian film industry with this film. She stars alongside one of the famous hearthrob of 1990s, Arvindswamy as the male lead. En Swasa Katre is an Indian version of typical Hollywood romance with commercial elements. The film despite not winning box office acclaim, was much remembered for its endearing creative music and song sequences best described as innovative and fresh. The breathtaking cinematography complements the romantic musical nature of the film very well with the song sequences filmed in exotic locales and settings. The soundtrack of this film was well received upon its initial release. Notably, song sequences in this film got considerable TV audience via music dedication through various primetime programs on Indian television and remained on the top 10 charts for a period of time.


Pre release

The film was first announced in 1997 as Love Letter and was later retitled En Swasa Katre. There was lot of speculation that A.R. Rahman, the film's composer was producing this film along with the production house, but this turned out to be false. The pre-release stills were released on some AR Rahman fansites two years ealier. With Arvindswamy's Engineer(film) and Mudhal Mudhalaaga announced at the same time in which both these films were to have music by A.R Rahman. Unfortunately these films remained unmade to date.


The motion picture is produced by Nikaba films. The re-recording of the film is done on DTS 5.1 sound. Coupled with vibrant cinematography, a wide variety of locales such as the temples of Indonesia, Sand mines, Indoor studio apartments for film and song sequences has been used. An impressive song sequence found in the film was filmed entirely in rain in contemporary city settings to a foot tapping melody.



A seemingly down to earth guy Arun (Arvind Swamy) by day leads a life of a computer hacker and thief by night. When he meets a girl (Isha Koppikar) whom he fancies, he wishes to turn into a new leaf. But Arun's rogue brother whom has been blackmailing him since young to do his dirty deeds does not think likewise. A deep love hate relationship between them which unfolded during their childhood days traps Arun into a life of crime. How Arun chooses between his family and his love forms the crux of the story.


1947: Earth
Soundtrack by A. R. Rahman
Released 1999
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Pyramid
Producer A.R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
En Swaasa Kaatre

The highly acclaimed soundtrack features 6 songs composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Vairamuthu.

Song Artist(s)
En Swasa Katrae M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chitra
Jumbalakka Rafi, Alisha Chinoy
Kadhal Niagra Palakkad Sreeram, Anupama Deshpande, Harini
Chinna Chinna Mazhai Thuligal M. G. Sreekumar
Thindai S. P. Balasubramaniam, K. S. Chitra
Thirakkadha P. Unni Krishnan, K. S. Chitra

The soundtrack was well received by music fans upon its initial release. The film's background score also done by A.R Rahman manages to seamlessly flow into the story and draws the viewer into the scene. The soundtrack has been acknowledged as one of A.R. Rahman's best works to date in the 1990s. Parts of the song "En Swasa Katre" are syncopated as in Karnatak music compositions. In the style of Enigma, the French group which blends religious music and pop, a church chorus is used in one of the interludes.


  • The director K.S. Ravi had not been seen in new projects in the film industry since the release of this film.
  • This is the last film of Arvind Swamy in a commercial lead role who seems to have retired from the acting scene. The actor then re-appeared in a low profiled arthouse movie "Sasanam" in 2006
  • Actress Isha Koppikar moved on to have a brief successful stint in Bollywood.
  • The shelved film Engineer which was to have Arvind Swamy and Madhuri Dixit in lead roles has been restarted in 2007 with a different cast.
  • This was dubbed into Telugu as Premante Pranamista.
  • The song Kadhal Nayagara, was remade in the Hindi Movie Pukar, for the song Kay Sera Sera.
  • The song Oru Thuli was shot with Arvind Swamy on a motorbike because A.R.Rahman had composed the track with motorbike sounds at the start and the end of the song. It was a very famous scene and Arvind Swamy had to learn how to ride a motorbike just for this shot.


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