Alaipayuthey (2000) (Tamil: அலைபாயுதே) (Jumping Waves / compared to tempting or fickle mind in Tamil) is a Tamil film directed by Mani Ratnam. Starring R. Madhavan and Shalini, the film explores the tensions of married life and the maturing of love. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by acclaimed film composer A. R. Rahman. Alaipayuthey's story is mostly recollected in flashback by the character Karthik. Karthik and Shakthi fall in love against the backdrop of Madras and its suburban trains, against the wishes of their parents. Most of the second half of the film deals with the tensions and discontent of married life as contrasted with the exuberance of romantic love. The movie was well received by critics and did well at the Tamil box-office.
The film made its European premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2001. It was shown at various film festivals nationally and internationally. It also carried a very popular soundtrack, composed by A. R. Rahman.
Alaipayuthey was remade in Hindi as Saathiya, directed by Shaad Ali in 2002.