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Theatrical release poster
Directed byKaraikudi Narayanan
Based onAchchani (play)
by Karaikudi Narayanan
Produced byKaraikudi Narayanan
Sethu Sundaram
StarringR. Muthuraman
S. A. Ashokan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 4 February 1978 (1978-02-04)
Running time
110 minutes

Achchani (pronunciation; transl. Axle) is a 1978 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Karaikudi Narayanan, starring R. Muthuraman, Lakshmi and S. A. Ashokan. It is based on Narayanan's play of the same name. The film was released on 4 February 1978 and became a success.




Achchani is based on the play of the same name.[1] The play was previously filmed in Malayalam under the same name.[2] Karaikudi Narayanan who wrote the play also directed the film adaptation making his directorial debut. Shobha made her debut with this film. Narayanan revealed despite wanting Jaishankar as the lead actor, he chose Muthuraman as per the producer's suggestion. The producer faced financial struggles during the shoot as he could not afford enough film rolls and money which led to the filming being stopped and getting restarted after six months. It was Meenakshi Sundaram who owned Ganesh Theatre at Melur and helped providing finance to complete the film.[1]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3] The song "Thaalaattu" is set in the Carnatic raga known as Madhyamavati.[4] The song "Maatha Un Kovilil" was re-used in Naan Kadavul (2009).[5] Gangai Amaran who was assisting Ilayaraja at that time mentioned in an interview that it was inspired by "Awargi", a ghazal composed by Ghulam Ali.[citation needed] Ilaiyaraaja composed "Matha Un Kovilil" and "Thalatta Pillaiyundu" within three hours.[1]

All lyrics are written by Vaali

Track listing
1."Athu Maathiram"Manorama, Malaysia Vasudevan3:25
2."Maatha Un Kovilil"S. Janaki4:53
3."Naan Azhaikkiren"P. Susheela3:18
4."Thaalaattu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela3:05
Total length:14:41

Release and reception[edit]

Achchani was released on 4 February 1978,[6] and was commercially successful.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "காரைக்குடி நாராயணன் பட அதிபர் ஆனார்: அச்சாணி படம் பெரிய வெற்றி". Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 22 June 2016. Archived from the original on 23 October 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  2. ^ Vijayakumar, B. (25 May 2014). "Achani: 1973". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 4 June 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Achchani". JioSaavn. Archived from the original on 3 December 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  4. ^ ராமானுஜம், ஜி. (14 June 2018). "ராக யாத்திரை 09: பொன்னூஞ்சல் ஆடும் ராகம்!". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 3 December 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  5. ^ "டைரக்டர்களின் அன்டோல்டு ஸ்டோரி!". Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). 27 January 2017. Archived from the original on 3 December 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  6. ^ "அச்சாணி". Dina Thanthi (in Tamil). 4 February 1978. p. 6.

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