Koondukkili

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Koondukkili
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by T. R. Ramanna
Written byVindhan
Produced by T. R. Ramanna
T. R. Rajakumari
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
Sivaji Ganesan
B. S. Saroja
T. D. Kusalakumari
CinematographyM. A. Rehman
Edited byM. S. Mani
Music by K. V. Mahadevan
Production
company
R. R. Pictures
Release date
  • 26 August 1954 (1954-08-26)
[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Koondukkili (transl.The Caged Parrot) is a 1954 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed and co-produced by T. R. Ramanna. The film stars M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan and B. S. Saroja. Although a commercial failure, it gained historical reputation over time due to the fact it was the only film in which Ramachandran and Ganesan acted together.

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Plot

Thangaraj and Jeeva are friends. Thangaraj is married to Mangala and they have a son. Thangaraj goes to jail for a crime committed by Jeeva. Mangala is left with no money or house to live. Jeeva tries to help Mangala with the sinister motive of having a relationship with her. After she repeatedly refuses his attempts to help her, Jeeva starts to sadistically taunt her, but he could never win her . Meanwhile, Sokki is in love with Jeeva. When Jeeva tries to embrace Mangala, he is struck by thunder and loses his eye sight. Thangaraj is released from prison and saves Mangala from Jeeva.

Cast

ActorRole
M. G. Ramachandran Thangaraj
Sivaji Ganesan Jeeva/Jeevanandam
B. S. Saroja Mangala
T. D. Kusalakumari Sokki
Master MohanKannan (Thangaraj Son)
K. Sarangapani
Friend Ramasamy
V. M. Ezhumalai
E. R. Sahadevan Sokkalingam
T. P. Muthulakshmi Chinnaiyee
G. Sakunthala Platform (Mad Lady)
K. S. AngamuthuThangraj (Home Owner)

Production

This is the only film where Tamil superstars M. G. Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan acted together. It was written by Vindhan, a social activist and reformist writer. [2]

Soundtrack

The music was composed by K. V. Mahadevan. Lyrics by Mahakavi Bharathiyar, Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass, Vindhan, Ka. Mu. Sheriff & A. Maruthakasi. Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, K. V. Mahadevan, V. N. Sundharam, P. A. Periyanayaki, T. V. Rathnam, Radha Jayalakshmi & K. Rani.

No.SongSingersLyricsLength (m:ss)
1 Aanandhamaai Vaazha Vendume on YouTube T. V. Rathnam A. Maruthakasi 03:06
2Yaar Vanthennai Edhirtthaalum P. A. Periyanayaki Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass 03:00
3 Raatthirikku Boovaavukku Laatteri on YouTube T. M. Soundararajan, K. V. Mahadevan & V. N. SundharamThanjai N. Ramaiah Dass02:46
4 Paar En Magale Paar Paar on YouTube Radha Jayalakshmi Vindhan03:31
5 Solla Vallaayo Kiliye on YouTube T. V. Rathnam Mahakavi Bharathiyar 05:32
6 Vaanga Ellorume Ondraagave on YouTube T. M. Soundararajan, V. N. Sundharam, Radha Jayalakshmi & K. Rani Ka. Mu. Sheriff 03:57
7 Konjum Kiliyaana Pennai on YouTube T. M. SoundararajanVindhan05:21
8 Kaayaadha Kaanagatthe on YouTube T. M. Soundararajan & V. N. SundharamThanjai N. Ramaiah Dass03:20
9 Enakku Theriyala Nijama on YouTube P. A. PeriyanayakiVindhan02:25

Reception

Koondukkili was a commercial failure in its original release, but as it remained the only film in which Ramachandran and Ganesan acted together, it gained historical reputation over time. [3] [4]

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