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Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey
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Directed by S. P. Muthuraman
Produced by M. Saravanan
M. Balasubramaniam
Written by Panchu Arunachalam
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Edited byR. Vittal
Release date
4 November 1983 [1]
Box office5 crore (Tamil Nadu)

Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey (transl.Don't Sleep Brother, Don't Sleep) is a 1983 Tamil-language Indian action film [2] directed by S. P. Muthuraman, starring Kamal Haasan in double role, supported by Radha and Sulakshana. It was a blockbuster and completed a 263-day run at the box office. The film was dubbed into Telugu as Jalsa Rayudu [3] and Malayalam as Vasantholsavam [4] .

Tamil language language

Tamil is a Dravidian language predominantly spoken by the Tamil people of India and Sri Lanka, and by the Tamil diaspora, Sri Lankan Moors, Chindians, and Douglas. Tamil is an official language in three countries: India, Sri Lanka and Singapore. In India, it is the official language of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry. Furthermore, Tamil is used as one of the languages of education in Malaysia, along with English, Malay and Mandarin. Tamil is spoken by significant minorities in the four other South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.

Action film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of events that typically include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, and frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which usually concludes in victory for the hero. Advancements in CGI have made it cheaper and easier to create action sequences and other visual effects that required the efforts of professional stunt crews in the past. However, reactions to action films containing significant amounts of CGI have been mixed, as films that use computer animations to create unrealistic, highly unbelievable events are often met with criticism. While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts and special effects. Common action scenes in films are generally, but not limited to, explosions, car chases, fistfights, and shootouts.

Film director Person who controls the artistic and dramatic aspects of a film production

A film director is a person who directs the making of a film. A film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfilment of that vision. The director has a key role in choosing the cast members, production design, and the creative aspects of filmmaking. Under European Union law, the director is viewed as the author of the film.



The film had Kamal Haasan playing dual roles; An unemployed degree holder (Gopi) from a middle class society and a rich graduate (Vinod) from high society returning from abroad after his father's death. In order to claim the property of Vinod, the estate manager (Vinuchakravarthy) with his mob guys assaults him and make him a drug addict by repeated injections administered by a fake doctor (Janagaraj). Radha's father (Danaal Thangavelu) a family friend of the Vinod's father, together with Radha (lover of Gopi) come to the estate on an excursion. Due to her curiosity, she sees Vinod and finds out that he is in a dangerous state of health due to the drug addiction. Radha later learns that Gopi and Vinod are twins separated at birth. With the help of the house's servant (Srinivasan), Radha replaces Vinod with Gopi and sends him to his mother's house to save him. Gopi takes it upon himself to save the estate and properties from the hands of Vinuchakravarthy and Senthamarai.


Kamal Haasan Indian actor

Kamal Haasan is an Indian film actor, dancer, film director, screenwriter, producer, playback singer, lyricist and politician who works primarily in Tamil cinema and has also worked in Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and Bengali films. Haasan has won awards including three National Film Awards, the second-most by any Indian actor, and nineteen Filmfare Awards. His production company, Raaj Kamal Films International, has produced several of his films.

Radha (actress) Indian actress popular in the 80s and early 90s

Udaya Chandrika, better known by her screen name Radha, is an Indian film actress known mostly for her work in Tamil and Telugu films. She has also acted in few Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. She was one of the top south Indian heroine for a decade from 1981 to 1991. Her elder sister Ambika, was also an actress. They acted together in a number of south Indian films and during the peak of their careers. Radha is arguably the most successful among the "Kallara Sisters", the three sisters in the art scene hailing from Kallara in Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala. Ambika was also a highly successful actress in Tamil and Malayalam. Ambika and Radha acted together in a number of films, during the peak of their careers. They also co-owned a movie studio called "ARS Studios", which was later (2013) converted into the Jolly Jimkana hotel complex. She currently appears on television as one of the judges in the STAR Vijay Jodi Number One Season 6 Reality Dance program.

Sulakshana is an Indian film and television actress who has performed in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada films and Tamil serials. She started at the age of two and half in the movie Kaaviya Thalaivi as child Krishna, she was credited as Dolly. After that she acted in Thulabharam as child artist in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and credited as Rajani.


After the success of Nadodi Mannan (1958), M. G. Ramachandran wanted his second directorial to be titled as Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey named after the song from the film, however the project was shelved. [6] In 1983, AVM Productions launched a film with the same name starring Kamal Haasan. Kamal portrayed double roles, one a good man and the other a rich man. The film's cinematographer Babu used mask shots to differentiate the dual roles. [7]

<i>Nadodi Mannan</i> 1958 film by M. G. Ramachandran

Nadodi Mannan is a 1958 Indian Tamil-language action adventure film directed by M. G. Ramachandran in his debut as a filmmaker. He stars in dual roles alongside Bhanumathi Ramakrishna, M. N. Rajam and B. Saroja Devi. P. S. Veerappa, M. N. Nambiar, M. G. Chakrapani, T. K. Balachandran and J. P. Chandrababu play supporting roles.

M. G. Ramachandran Film actor, director, producer, politician, and chief minister of Tamil nadu

Maruthur Gopala Ramachandran, popularly known as M. G. R., was an Indian actor, filmmaker and politician who served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for ten years between 1977 and 1987. He is a cultural icon in the state and is regarded as one of the most influential actors of the Tamil film industry. He was popularly known as "Makkal Thilagam" as he was popular with the masses. He was a philanthropist and a humanitarian icon.

The song "Vaanam Keezhe" took 17 days to be completed, this song was taken at a cost of Rs 6 lakh. The song "Summa Nikkathinga" was shot at Vijaya Gardens. [7] In order to shoot an expensive climax involving helicopter chase, makers took inspiration from the climax of Hindi film Dil Kaa Heera at the insistence of journalist Manian by taking long shots of bursting helicopter from that film and matched along with the actors. [7]

Dil Kaa Heera is a 1979 Bollywood film directed by Dulal Guha. The film stars Dharmendra and Hema Malini.


The film emerged as the top grosser of the year grossing 5 crore at the box office.


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Language Tamil
Label AVM Audio
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The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics for all songs were written by Vaali. [8] [9] The song "Naanaga Naanillai" was well received and it based on Chandrakauns raga which resembles Hindolam. [10] The highlight of the album was the disco song Vaanam Keezhe....

Ilaiyaraaja Indian film composer & singer

Ilaiyaraaja is an Indian film composer, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, orchestrator, conductor-arranger and lyricist who works in the Indian Film Industry, predominantly in Tamil. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Indian music composers, he is credited for introducing western musical sensibilities in the Indian musical mainstream. Reputed to be the world's most prolific composer, he has composed over 7000 songs, provided film scores for more than 1000 movies and performed in more than 20,000 concerts. Being the first Asian to compose a full symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, Ilaiyaraaja is known to have written the entire symphony in less than a month. He is also a gold medalist in classical guitar from Trinity College of Music, London, Distance Learning Channel. In a poll conducted by CNN-IBN celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema in 2013, Ilaiyaraaja was voted as the all-time greatest film-music director of India. US-based world cinema portal "Taste of Cinema" placed Ilaiyaraaja at the 9th position in its list of 25 greatest film composers in the history of cinema and he is the only Indian composer in that list.

Chandrakauns is a raga in Hindustani classical music. It is also used in tail pieces and lighter presentations of Carnatic music.

Hindolam A Janya raga of Carnatic music

Hindōḷaṃ is a rāgam in Carnatic music. It is an audava rāgam. It is a janya rāgam, as it does not have all the seven swaras. Hindolam is not the same as the Hindustani Hindol. The equivalent of Hindolam in Hindustani music is Malkauns.

1."Thoongaathe Thambi..." Vaali S. P. Balasubramanyam  
2."Vaanam Keezhe..."VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
3."Ada Rama Nee Nammakitta..."Vaali S. Janaki  
4."Summa Nikkathinga..."VaaliS. P. Balasubramanyam, S. Janaki 
5."Naanaga Naanille..."VaaliS. P. Balasubramanyam 
6."Naanaga Naanille..."Vaali Ilaiyaraaja  
7."Varudhu Varudhu..."VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 
Malayalam Track list [11]
1."Urangaathe Chumma Urangathe..." Poovachal Khader P. Jayachandran  
2."Vaanam Thazhe Vannal..."Poovachal Khader S. P. Balasubrahmanyam  
3."Hey Kema Ee Nammalodu..."Poovachal Khader S. Janaki  
4."Chumma Ninneedale..."Poovachal KhaderP. Jayachandran, S. Janaki 
5."Njaanayee Njaanilla Dhanye..."Poovachal KhaderP. Jayachandran 
6."Varunnu Varunne ini..."Poovachal KhaderS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 

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Saravanan Surya Mani or M. Saravanan, also known as AVM Saravanan or Meiyappa Saravanan, is an Indian producer of Tamil films. His production company is AVM Productions. He has been involved in hits such as Sivaji: The Boss, Vettaikaran, Minsara Kanavu, Leader and Ayan. He is the father of M. S. Guhan, another producer of movies. He owns the AVM Studios in Chennai.