Annai Velankanni

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Annai Velankanni
Annai Velankanni .jpg
Directed by K. Thangappan
Produced by K. Thangappan
Written by Sham De Thomson
Screenplay by K. Thangappan
Music by G. Devarajan
Cinematography G. K. Ramu
Edited by N. M. Sankar
Giri Movies
Distributed by Giri Movies
Release date
  • 15 August 1971 (1971-08-15)
Running time
148 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Annai Velankanni (lit. Mother Velankanni) is 1971 Indian drama film in Tamil. The film starred Gemini Ganesan, Jayalalitha, Padmini and K. R. Vijaya. Kamal Haasan briefly appears in an uncredited role as Jesus Christ.[2] The film was directed by noted choreographer K. Thangappan. It comprises three stories pertaining to Christian beliefs. Velankanni, where the film is set, is a real village in India, and has a large church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Jesus. This film was dubbed into Malayalam language in 1977 as Velankanni Mathavu and in 1979 Hindi as Mata Velankanni.


The story pivots around the centuries - old Basilica of our lady of health at Velankanni village near Nagapattinam in Thanjavur district in Tamil Nadu. While the miracle of the presiding deity of the Basilica, Mother Mary performs in lives of the devotee is narrated as flashback, the story involving Nurse Marry(Jayalalitha) and Susainathan(Gemini Ganesan) in the present.

Marry(Jayalalitha) is a nurse in a hospital at Nagapattinam and is a devotee of Mother Mary of Velankanni. She narrates the story of Kamakshi(K. R. Vijaya), a milk maid and her son Sundaram in Velankanni Village to a child patient Baby Sumathi. Mother Mary appears before Sundaram, who is on his way to the landlord(R. Muthuraman) house at Nagapattinam to deliver milk. The Landlord, a bureaucrat, is an atheist. Sundaram gives milk to mother Mary to feed the Infant Jesus. The Landlord is annoyed in milk and does not believe the story of "A Lady with a Child" that caused the shortage. A miracle occurs - the milk pot overflows spontaneously. The Mother Mary appears before the landlord and he becomes a believer, a devotee of mother mary he generously help his tenant Karuppayyan(S. V. Ramadoss) in the conduct his daughter's marriage Chellayi(Srividya) to her rich lover(Sivakumar).

The story of Swarnam(Padmini and her lame son Raja(Master Sekhar) in Velankanni Village is narrated by Doctor Sundararajan(Major Sundararajan) to his assistant. Villagers often poked fun at Swarnam and Raja because of his lameness. On his way to the market to sell Curd and Milk, Mother Mary appears before Raja and cures him. Mother Mary assigns Raja the task of building a Church for her in the spot where she appeared before him under supervision of the Priest Francies(S. V. Subbaiah).

Meanwhile, Mary rejects marriage proposals from Young doctors in the hospital. She is waiting for mother Mary's Oracle to decided her marriage and the miracle occurs. Both Susainathan(Gemini Ganesan) the son of rich landlord in Nagapattinam and Mary have the same dream. Both of them singing praises of the Mother Mary. The meet each other in the Church and eventually get married. While Mary is away from the hospital meeting Susainathan the Kind mother attends to Mary's duties disguised as a nurse.[2]


Cameo Appearance[edit]

  • Kamal Haasan as Jesus
  • Baby Sumathi as Patient
  • S. Ramadoss as Karuppaiah, Chellayee Father
  • Janaki as Velayee, Kamakshi's Neighbourhood
  • I. S. R. as Thangaiah
  • Gemini Balu as Mayandi
  • Siva Sooriyan as Villager
  • A. Veerappan as Villager
  • Karikol Raju as Villager
  • G. Sakunthala as Annam,
  • S. Rama Rao as Sundaram
  • V. R. Thilagam as Sundaram's Wife
  • Pushpamala as Cameo Appearance
  • Master Prabhakar as Ayyakannu
  • Suruli Rajan as Arunachalam, Village President
  • Lakshmi Prabha as Susainathan's Mother


  • Art = R. K. Sekar and V. B. Raju
  • Stills = Salapathy
  • Publicity = Baktha
  • Processing = Gemini Colour Lab
  • Audiography (song) = J. J. Manickam (AVM), Kannan (Barani) and Swaminathan (Vijaya)
  • Outdoor = A. P. R. Outdoor Unit
  • Production Executive = K. Sivan
  • Office Management = V. S. Mani
  • Production Manager = A. B. Ayyappan
  • Painting = Rajkala Govindarajan

Box office[edit]

B. Vijayakumar Stated the article Tamil and Malayalam dubbed were Box - Office Hit. Both Version were Box - Office hit in Kerala.[2]


Kamal Haasan, who was the assistant director of the film appeared in a cameo as Jesus Christ in the scene. Where he carries the cross to calvary. The crucifixion scene with background song Deva Maindhan sung by T. M. Soundararajan.Besides the real location scene at Nagapattinam and Velankanni, the film was shot at AVM Studios and Saradha Studios. Abhayadev translated to Malayalam the dialogues written by Sam D. Dasan for the Original Tamil - based on the Screenplay K. Thangappan. The Cinematography jointly by R. N. Pillai and B. B. Lucas was impressive an the scene shot around the Church at Velankanni impressed the audience. K. R. Chadaiyappa Chettiyar's film financer had a dream that he cast Jayalalitha in the film opposite Gemini Ganesan. Jayalalithaa excelled in her role as a Nurse . A Multi Starer movie, other Popular stars who acted in the movie besides Gemini Ganesan, Muthuraman, Sivakumar, S. V. Subbaiah, Major Sundararajan, Sreekanth and Malayalam Star Vincent, Thengai Srinivasan, Rajan, Padmini, K. R. Vijaya, Srividya, Devika and Manorama.[2]


The music was composed by G. Devarajan, while lyrics were written by Kannadasan, Vaali and Ayyasamy.[3]

No. Song Singers Length (m:ss)
1 Devamaindhan Pogindran T. M. Soundararajan 03:23
2 Kadal Alai Thaalaattum Madhuri 04:01
3 Karunai Kadale P. Susheela 03:40
4 Karunai Mazhaiyae P. Susheela 03:39
5 Neelakkadalin Oratthil T. M. Soundararajan, Madhuri 03:22
6 Pera Orani T. M. Soundararajan, Madhuri 06:39
7 Thandhana Thaana K. J. Yesudas Madhuri 06:01
8 Vaanamennum Veedhiyile K. J. Yesudas, Madhuri 03:12


  1. ^ "ஜெயலலிதா நடித்த திரைப்படங்களின் பட்டியல்". Dinamani (in Tamil). 6 December 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d B. Vijayakumar (December 20, 2015). "Old is Gold - Velankanni Mathavu 1977". The Hindu. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  3. ^ "Annai Velakanni Songs". raaga. Retrieved 2014-06-25.

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