Chinna Thambi

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Chinna Thambi
Chinna Thambi.jpg
Directed by P. Vasu
Produced by K. Balu
Written by P. Vasu
Starring Prabhu
Radha Ravi
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Ravinder
Editing by P. Mohanraj
Studio Malar Combines
Distributed by Malar Combines
Release dates 12 April 1991
Running time 138 min
Country India
Language Tamil

Chinna Thambi is a 1991 Indian Tamil language film starring Prabhu and Kushboo. Chinna Thambi starring Prabhu in the role of Chinna Thambi an uneducated village simpleton and Kushboo as Nandini who is a home tutored wealthy girl, is a story of love, family bonds and typical south Indian village sentiments. The movie was remade in Kannada, Telugu, and Hindi languages as Ramachaari (1991)[1] Chanti (1992) and Anari (1993) respectively. The film was one of Prabhu's biggest blockbusters and completed a 229-day run in 9 screens and 100-day run in 47 screens.


The story begins with the childhood scene of all the main characters three brothers (eldest played by veteran Radha Ravi) and youngest sister nandhini (Kushboo Sundar) who is pampered and brought up by three brothers after they lost their parents, Chinna Thambi (Prabhu) is the son of a singer who also earns his livelihood by singing, he is not worldly wise and is amateurish and innocent, his mother (Manorama) lives with him in the outer area of the village where nandhini lives with her brothers, nandhini is considered very lucky by her brothers and each one wakes up to her face, things go awry when one day nandhini falls in love with Chinna thambi and tricks him into marrying him without even him knowing, she falls for him since it was him who saved her life when one of her brothers enemies tried to kill her, story line goes where Chinna thambi without knowing the importance seeks alliance for Nandhini, at last one of her sister in-laws realizes the truth and after a small struggle Chinna Thambi is accepted as Nandhini's husband by all.



Year Film Language Cast Director
1991 Ramachaari Kannada V. Ravichandran, Malasree D Rajendra Babu
1992 Chanti Telugu Venkatesh, Meena, Nassar Raviraja Pinisetty
1993 Anari Hindi Venkatesh, Karishma Kapoor, Suresh Oberoi Murali Mohan Rao


Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
Cinema Express Awards Best Tamil Director K. Balu Won [2]
Best Tamil Director P. Vasu
Best Tamil Actress Kushboo
Best Tamil Comedian Goundamani
Best Tamil Male Playback Mano
Best Tamil Female Playback Swarnalatha
Best Tamil Choreographer D. K. S. Babu
Filmfare Awards South Best Tamil Film K. Balu [3]
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Best Film (First Place) K. Balu [4][5][6]
Best Director P. Vasu
Best Actor in Lead Role Prabhu
Best Actress in Lead Role Kushboo
Best Male Playback Mano
Best Female Playback Swarnalatha
Best Choreographer D. K. S. Babu


Ilaiyaraaja composed all the songs for the film in 35 minutes. All of them were chartbusters.[7]

Track # Song Singer(s) Lyrics Duration
1 "Thooliyile Ada Vantha I" Chitra Vaali 2:40
2 "Thooliyile Ada Vantha II" Mano Vaali 4:38
3 "Poovoma Oorgolam" Swarnalatha, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Gangai Amaran 4:44
4 "Ada Uchcham Thala" Mano Vaali 4:58
5 "Kuyila Pudichchu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Vaali 4:46
6 "Arachcha Santhanam" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Gangai Amaran 4:52
7 "Nee Engey En Anbe" Swarnalatha Gangai Amaran 5:04
8 "Thooliyile Ada Vantha III" Mano Vaali 1.52


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  2. ^ "Chinna Thambhi Bags Cinema Express Award". The Indian Express. 1992-02-25. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  3. ^ Tamil Fim History and Its Achievements, p 13
  4. ^ "My first break - Swarnalatha". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2009-05-08. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Anandan, ‘Film News’ (2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru (Tamil Fim History and Its Achievements). Sivagami Publications. p. 738. 
  7. ^ "Raaja's 35-minute track record". Times of India. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 

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