Bharathi Kannamma

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Bharathi Kannamma
Directed byCheran
Produced byHenry
Written byCheran
StarringR. Parthiepan
Music byDeva
Edited byK. Thanikachalam
Pankaj Productions
Distributed byPangaj Productions
Release date
  • 15 January 1997 (1997-01-15)
Running time
168 minutes

Bharathi Kannama is a 1997 Indian Tamil drama film directed by Cheran.[1] The film marks Cheran's debut as a director and screenwriter. It was well received critically and commercially upon release. Prabhu Solomon remade this film in Kannada as Usire (Kannada) (2001) with V. Ravichandran.


The story revolves around Bharathi (R. Parthiepan), a worker for a rich Vellaisamy Thevar Zamindar (Vijayakumar). He comes from a lower caste and falls in love with the rich Zamindar's daughter Kannamma (Meena). Kannamma feels the same way, however their differing castes become a barrier, and as Kannamma's marriage is fixed to a wealthy man, Bharathi doesn't have the courage to express his disapproval or start a relationship with Kannamma. His allegiance to the Zamindar, along with his fear of the caste system make him unwilling to stop the marriage. Bharathi's sister, however, also falls in love with a rich young man from a neighbouring town, and their differing circumstances do not hinder them from forming a relationship. In the end, Kannamma commits suicide and Bharathi jumps into her funeral pyre kills himself (in reference to the past Hindu practice of sati).



The music composed by Deva.[2]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Chinna Chinna Kanamma Meena Vaali & Vairamuthu 05:16
2 Naalethu Padhuchavare Swarnalatha 01:54
3 Poonkatre Poonkatre K. J. Yesudas 05:28
4 Rayula Bullet Railu Vadivelu 04:34
5 Retakili Rekkai Mano, S. P. Sailaja 05:04
6 Thendralukku Theriyuma Arun Mozhi, K. S. Chithra 05:14
7 Vaady Patti Melamada Gangai Amaran 02:39


During its release, the film ran into trouble as Thevar community who almost imposed a ban of the film due to its content.[3] Inspite of controversies, the film became successful at box-office.[4]


  1. ^ "Bharathi Kannamma". cinesouth. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Bharathi Kannamma Songs". raaga. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  3. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (1998). "Mandal and movies". Sunday. pp. 55–57.
  4. ^ Nambath, Suresh (28 December 2003). "The politics of art". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 May 2019.

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