Amman Kovil Kizhakale

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Amman Kovil Kizhakale
Amman Kovil Kizhakale poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byR. Sundarrajan
Written byR. Sundarrajan
Produced byPeter Selvakumar
S. P. Pazhaniappan
CinematographyRaja Rajan
Edited bySrinivas
B Krishnakumar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
V. N. S. Productions
Release date
  • 24 April 1986 (1986-04-24)
Running time
140 minutes

Amman Kovil Kizhakale (transl. East side of Amman temple) is a 1986 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film written and directed by R. Sundarrajan, starring Vijayakanth and Radha. It was released on 24 April 1986,[1] and emerged a commercial success.[2] Vijayakanth also won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil. It was remade into Telugu as Khaidi No. 786 (1988)[3] and Kannada as Nammoora Hammera (1990).[citation needed]


Chinnamani lives in a village along with his father and his friends. Chinnamani sings well and always performs during the village temple festivals. Kanmani is a wealthy girl, and the only daughter of the village panchayat board president, who is arrogant. Kanmani, who boasts of being rich enters into clashes with Chinnamani and she decides to take revenge on Chinnamani as Chinnamani does not respect her. She decides to learn music from Chinnamani and also pretends to love him and embarrasses him in front of everyone, which angers Chinnamani.She also breaks his Harmonium for which in anger, he breaks Kanmani's car. Kanmani beats Chinnamani with whip as it was decided by the panchayat for punishing Chinnamani. Angered, Chinnamani marries Kanmani by tying the thaali around her neck immediately without her consent. Kanmani's mother tells the truth to Kanmani about Chinnamani.

Actually Chinnamani is the son of Srividya's elder brother, who is a wealthy man. Ravichandran worked under Vinu Chakravarthy and Srividya loved him. But Ravichandran takes all the properties from Vinu Chakravarthy after marrying his sister and sends him out of town. Also, Kanmani is the daughter of Ravichandran's illegitimate relationship with their house maid and Sri Vidya raised her as her own daughter.

Hearing this, Kanmani realises her mistake and decides to live together with Chinnamani, but he does not believe her. Ravichandran decides to kill Chinnamani and sends a few thugs. Finally, Kanmani kills them and goes to jail. She returns after a few years where she finds Chinnamani as mentally disturbed person searching for Kanmani always. She unites with Chinnamani in the end.



Sundarrajan initially planned to direct the film with Rajinikanth and later with Murali; however things did not work out. After the success of Vaidehi Kathirunthal (1984), he decided to cast Vijayakanth and Radha.[4]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[5][6] All songs were massive hits. The song "Poova Eduthu" is set in Mayamalavagowla raga,[7] the song "Kaalai Nera" set in Abhogi raga.[8], all lyrics were written by Gangai Amaran

Track listing
1."Chinnamani Kuyile"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:25
2."Kada Veedhi"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:13
3."Kalai Nera" (duet)S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:21
4."Kalai Nera" (male)S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:22
5."Oru Moonu Mudichaaley"Malaysia Vasudevan4:34
6."Poove Eduthu"P. Jayachandran, S. Janaki4:32
7."Un Paarvayil" (duet)K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra3:56
8."Un Paarvayil" (male)K. J. Yesudas4:05
Total length:34:28


Jayamanmathan of Kalki opined that although the film was dragging frequently, it could be watched to know what happens in the plot.[9] Vijayakanth won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil,[10][11] the Cinema Express Award for Best Actor – Tamil,[12] and the Pesum Padam Award for Best Actor.[13]


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  3. ^ "రీమేక్ : గడసరి ప్రేమను గెలిచిన .. 'ఖైదీ నెం.786' ." India Herald (in Telugu). 22 July 2020. Archived from the original on 8 November 2022. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  4. ^ குணா, எம். (27 March 2019). "ஒன்லைன் வாய்ப்பு, ஊட்டி மழை, ரஜினி சொன்ன சஜஷன்!" - ஆர்.சுந்தர்ராஜன் #30YearsOfRajathiraja" [One-line opportunity, Ooty rainfall, Suggestion given by Rajini – R. Sundarrajan]. Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
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  6. ^ "Amman Kovil Kizhakkaale Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 14 December 2021. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  7. ^ Mani, Charulatha (11 November 2011). "A Raga's Journey — The magic of Mayamalavagowla". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Arresting Abhogi". The Hindu. 3 March 2012. Archived from the original on 11 February 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  9. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (18 May 1986). "அம்மன் கோவில் கிழக்காலே". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 37. Archived from the original on 29 July 2022. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
  10. ^ "Does this generation know who the real Captain Vijayakanth really is?". The News Minute. 7 April 2015. Archived from the original on 14 April 2021. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Filmfare awards announced". The Indian Express. 17 July 1987. p. 5. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Cine artistes asked to broaden talents". The Indian Express. 13 April 1987. p. 3. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  13. ^ "அன்றிலிருந்து இன்றுவரை சினிமா" (PDF). Vlambaram (in Tamil). 15 December 2001. p. 7. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 May 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2019.

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