Aranmanai Kili

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Aranmanai Kili
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRajkiran
Written byRajkiran
Produced byRajkiran
Edited byL. Kesavan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Red Sun Art Creations
Release date
  • 16 April 1993 (1993-04-16)

Aranmanai Kili (transl. Palatial parrot) is a 1993 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film written, produced and directed by Rajkiran in his directorial debut. He also stars alongside Ahana and Gayathri. The film was released on 16 April 1993. It was remade in Telugu as Maa Voori Maaraju (1994),[1] and in Kannada as Neelakanta (2006).[2]


Raasaiyya is a servant of a rich family which belongs to Poongodi, who secretly loves him. While Chellamma, a poor girl, was kidnapped and forced into prostitution, Raasaiyya saves her and takes her to his village. It remains to be seen what fate has in store for the three of them.



Aranmanai Kili is the directorial debut of Rajkiran who also produced the film, wrote the script and starred as the male lead.[3][4][5] The film is the acting debut for Ahana and Gayathri; both were chosen from over 300 girls who auditioned. Cinematography was handled by Kichas.[4] The filming of the song "Adi Poonguyile" suffered significant delays due to difficulties in finding a location with the required settings, including "green grass, mountains, and waterfalls". It was also affected by the makers wanting to wait for the perfect weather as the song sequence required heavy rain.[6]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[7][8] Though the soundtrack has nine songs, only seven feature onscreen.[4] The song "En Thaayenum" is set in Mayamalavagowla raga.[9][10]

Title Singer(s) Lyrics Length
"Amman Kovil" Swarnalatha, Minmini Muthulingam 5:01
"Adi Poonguyile" Mano, Minmini Vaali 5:07
"Ramera Ninakkum" Ilaiyaraaja Piraisoodan 3:55
"Vaanmathiye" S. Janaki Vaali 5:05
"Nattu Vacha Roja" P. Susheela Piraisoodan 5:08
"Raasave Unnai Vida" S. Janaki Vaali 4:28
"Idhayame Poguthey" Krishnamoorthy Ponnadiyaan 4:59
"Rathiriyil Paadum" Arunmozhi, Minmini, Malaysia Vasudevan Vaali 4:53
"En Thaayenum Koil" Ilaiyaraaja Ponnadiyaan 4:53

Release and reception[edit]

Aranmanai Kili was released on 16 April 1993.[5] Malini Mannath of The Indian Express felt that, of the seven songs featuring onscreen, only two were memorable, and "The film-maker reportedly delayed the shooting as he had not found a suitable heroine. He could have waited a little longer".[3] K. Vijian of New Straits Times wrote "Go and watch this movie with an open mind. You may then able to enjoy Aranmanai Kili".[4] C. R. K. of Kalki wrote that the incidents and comedic sequences in the film were natural without any kind of fiction.[11]


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  2. ^ Vijayasarathy, R G (22 December 2006). "Neelakanta: Time-pass ride". Archived from the original on 11 May 2021. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b Mannath, Malini (30 April 1993). "Caught in a bind". The Indian Express. p. 7. Archived from the original on 6 March 2023. Retrieved 10 October 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  4. ^ a b c d Vijian, K. (22 May 1993). "It's more than a love story". New Straits Times. p. 39. Archived from the original on 12 May 2023. Retrieved 14 June 2019 – via Google News Archive.
  5. ^ a b "Aranmanaikili". The Indian Express. 16 April 1993. p. 4. Retrieved 14 June 2019 – via Google News Archive.
  6. ^ "Remember Aranmanai Kili Fame Gayathri? Know What The Actress Is Doing Now". News18. 2 January 2024. Archived from the original on 20 May 2024. Retrieved 20 May 2024.
  7. ^ "Aranmanai Kili (1993)". Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Aranmanai Kili – Senthamih Paattu Tamil Audio Cd By Ilaiyaraaja". Banumass. Archived from the original on 31 January 2023. Retrieved 31 January 2023.
  9. ^ ராமானுஜன், டாக்டர் ஜி. (1 June 2018). "ராக யாத்திரை 07: மாரியம்மனும் மரிக்கொழுந்தும்". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 19 October 2022. Retrieved 27 February 2024.
  10. ^ Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. p. 128. OCLC 295034757.
  11. ^ சி.ஆர்.கே. (16 May 1993). "அரண்மனைக் கிளி". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 17. Archived from the original on 31 January 2023. Retrieved 2 December 2022 – via Internet Archive.

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