Arasa Kattalai

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Arasa Kattalai
Arasa Kattalai.jpg
Directed by M. G. Chakrapani
Produced by M. C. Ramamoorthy
Written by Sornam
Screenplay by R. M. Veerappan
Ve. Lakshmanan
S. K. T. Samy
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
B. Saroja Devi
M. N. Nambiar
S. A. Asokan
Music by K. V. Mahadevan
Cinematography A. Shanmugam
Edited by K. Narayanan
Sathyaraja Pictures
Distributed by Sathyaraja Pictures
Release date
19 May 1967
Running time
132 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Aras Kattalai (Tamil: அரச கட்டளை English: King's Order), is a 1967 Indian Tamil written and directed by M. G. Chakrapani, starring M. G. Ramachandran in the lead role, with Saroja Devi, J. Jayalalitha, M. N. Nambiar and S. A. Asokan among others enacting supporting roles.

The film ran for 70 days.[1]


Of the time of big Indian kings...

A monarch (P. S. Veerappa) estimates to have committed a terrible fault and commits suicide to repair her, not without having indicated his successor : Vijayan (MGR), a man of the people, that one even, who had come punish him, a fearless knight, for a big bravery.

Before dying, he (P. S. Veerappa) also orders him (MGR) to protect his subjects and to put back the power in the hands of the people.

So by acting, the deceased king had also just thwarted the machiavellian intentions of its Minister (R. S. Manohar).

Indeed, this traitor intends to seize the throne.

But it will be for another time, because this sinister dignitary (R. S. Manohar) is going to make every effort to put sticks in wheels in the reforms of Vijayan.

To begin by eliminating him...


Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran as Vijaya alias Vijayan, a common man, after the new king of the kingdom Kumari
B. Saroja Devi as Amala, the revolutionary dancer alias the princess Amudha
Jayalalitha as Moghana
S. A. Ashokan as The prince Vilavan
M. N. Nambiar as The commander of the strengths, the princess Amudha 's guardian
R. S. Manohar as The perfidious minister
Nagesh as The tribal leader
P. S. Veerappa (Guest-star) as The king of the kingdom of Kumari
K. R. Ramaswamy (Guest-star) as The patriot with the flag (an activist)
Brent Ramaswamy as
M. A. G. Samy as
N. S. Nadharajan as A tribal people
S. M. Thirupadhiswamy as
Kundhumany as A tribal people
D. S. Raja as
T. S. Manikkum as
Ramsingh as
Chandrakantha as
Madhavi as Jambha, the tribal girl
C. T. Rajakantham as
Santha as
G. Sakunthala as
Rajeshwari as

The casting is established according to the original order of the credits of opening of the movie, except those not mentioned

Around the movie[edit]

The film ran for 70 days.[2]

Two important things to notice: P.S.Veerappa volunteered to appear in the movie as a Guest Star because of MGR's shooting incident. And the 2nd was MGR refused to speak with B.Saroja Devi during filming of the final scene because it was taken after the shooting incident: during MGR's hospital stay only she made the announcement that she's not going to work with MGR any longer and going to try other major stars. This announcement forcefully made this movie become her last one with MGR.

ARASA KATTALAI is magnificent one cape and of sword realized by the own older brother of MGR, M. G. Chakrapani and produced by his son, M. C. Ramamoorthy, under The Sathiyaraja Pictures.

The film got very big opening and people floated to see MGR as it is subsequent release after the shooting incident.

This movie gathers for unique time, two bigger and more important feminine partners of MGR, worth knowing, B. Saroja Devi (25 movies with MGR) and Jayalalitha (28 movies with MGR). A very beautiful poster in prospect...

Their respective title in the movie, for B. Saroja Devi, "Abinaya Saraswathi" and for Jayalalitha, "Kavarchi Kanni" (after "Kalai Selvi").

It is the last movie of MGR with the big actress B. Saroja Devi.

In a way, B. Saroja Devi crosses the relay to Jayalalitha.

The dialogues of ARASA KATTALAI are powerful as well as its songs !


No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Aadiva Aadiva" N. M. Muthukkoothan T. M. Soundararajan 3.29
2. "Ennai Paadavaithavan" Vaali P. Susheela 3.22
3. "Mugathai Paarthathillai" Alangudi Somu T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 3.23
4. "Pan Paadum" Vaali P. Susheela 3.24
5. "Putham Pudhiya" Vaali T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 3.14
6. "Vettaiyadu Vilaiyaadu" Alangudi Somu T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 5.47
7. "Yethannai Kaalam" N. M. Muthukkoothan P. Susheela 3.09
Total length: 24.68


  1. ^ "Arasa Kattalai Records". mgr blog. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  2. ^ "Arasa Kattalai Records". mgr blog. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Arasa Kattalai songs". Retrieved 20 February 2012. 

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