Chinna Gounder

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Chinna Gounder
Directed byR. V. Udayakumar
Screenplay byR. V. Udayakumar
Story byR. Selvaraj
Produced byV. Mohan
V. Natarajan
CinematographyA. Karthik Raja
Edited byB. S. Nagaraj
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Anandhi Films
Distributed byGV Films
Release date
  • 15 January 1992 (1992-01-15)
Running time
143 minutes

Chinna Gounder (transl. Junior Gounder) is a 1992 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by R. V. Udayakumar, starring Vijayakanth, Sukanya, Manorama, Salim Ghouse, Sathyapriya, Goundamani, Senthil and Vadivelu. It was released on 15 January 1992, during Pongal.[1] The film was remade in Telugu as Chinarayudu, and in Kannada as Chikkejamanru.[2]


Thavasi alias Chinna Gounder is a rich and respected landlord in Coimbatore district. His family has been the hereditary Village Judge for a group of 18 villages and Thavasi takes over that work 10 years after his dad's death. Thavasi father, in an ill condition was asked to preside over a very tricky case and died before passing judgement. The case was that then newly built village temple stood on a land belonging to Sundari, (second wife of Sakkarai). Sakkarai's first wife is Thavasi's elder sister. Sakkara had cited law and sealed off the temple premises a day before its opening. Thavasi investigates the case, and clearly proves that the document of land purchase is fake, and arrives at a conclusion that the temple premises belongs to the Village. He is appreciated by a district judge upon seeing his swift decision-making skills. Chinna Gounder lives with his mother Aatha and is the most respectable person in the village, known for his justice and loyalty. Rivalry exists between Chinna Gounder and his brother-in-law Sakkara Gounder, who is accused of Chinna Gounder's sister's death and following marriage with Sundari.

Sakkara Gounder plans to grab the local temple premises by forging false documents, but Chinna Gounder exposes the frauds committed, thereby preventing the temple premises from going into the hands of the roadies. Sakkara Gounder is angered and waits for an opportunity to knock out Chinna Gounder.

Deivanai, a poor, talkative village belly often gets into silly verbal conflicts with Chinna Gounder and his mother. Later Deivanai saves his mother from snake bite. When Tavasi reward her with money, Deivanai refuse for money reasoning she saved his mother only on respect. Chinna Gounder fell in love with her good attitude, boldness and self respect.

Deivanai owes some money to Sakkara Gounder, which she had borrowed for her younger sister's education. As she could not repay the debt in the timely manner, she invite villagers for Moi Virunthu ( one eats food at her house have to contribute her to settle dues ) as per village custom. Chinna Gounder visits without invitation, but propose her. She agrees for the same.

Chinna Gounder is married to Deivanai, and life progresses smoothly for sometime, until Sakkara Gounder interferes with a plan. Sakkara Gounder poisons the local pond and blames Chinna Gounder for that. He also sets up a false witness to trap Chinna Gounder. Deivanai overhears Sakkara Gounder's plans, and in the act of trying to stop the witness from reaching the panchayat, she attacks the witness with a sickle. Later, the police arrests Deivanai with a murder charge, as the man whom she attacked is dead. Deivanai is impriosoned. Deivanai's sister now comes to Chinna Gounder's home as she is left alone. One day, it is revealed that Deivanai's sister is pregnant, and Chinna Gounder is blamed. As Chinna Gounder also remains silent over the issue, his mother sends him out of house. Deivanai is shocked upon hearing this and believes that her husband has betrayed her trust and love. She refuses to even meet him when he comes to visit her in jail.

Now the advocate, who already knows about Chinna Gounder, finds out that he is in trouble and decides to offer help. He takes over the case in favour of Deivanai and begins his ground work. He gets the postmortem report and finds out that the cause of death of the man attacked by Deivanai was only due to lack of breath.

A few months pass by, and Deivanai comes from jail to visit her sister, who is about to deliver a baby. She scolds her sister for having an illicit relationship with Chinna Gounder. However, her sister reveals that he is no way related to her pregnancy and the father of the child is the witness, whom was attacked by Deivanai. As Chinna Gounder does not want to tarnish her image in front of the villagers, he accepted the blame. Deivanai's sister gives birth to a baby and dies.

Deivanai realises her mistake and apologises to her husband. Meanwhile, Deivanai is kidnapped by Sakkara Gounder. Chinna Gounder comes to her rescue and saves her. Chinna Gounder produces Sakkara Gounder in front of the village panchayat, where it is revealed that it was him who killed the witness and decided to blame Deivanai.

In the end, Chinna Gounder and Deivanai come out clean from the accusations made over them. Sakkara Gounder begs the villagers to forgive him, but no one listens to him. Chinna Gounder then forgives him for all his misdeeds by stating that he only wanted Sakkara Gounder to realise his mistakes.



Chinna Gounder was entirely shot at Sethumadai near Pollachi.[4] The title character was largely inspired by Udayakumar's uncle Athiyan, who served as a village chairman in the Thuckanaickenpalayam municipality for many years.[5] To portray her character, Manorama wore dentures.[6]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, while the lyrics were by R. V. Udayakumar.[7][8]

Songs Singers
"Antha Vaanathai" Ilaiyaraaja
"Chinna Kili Vanna Kili" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki
"Sutti Sutti Un Vaalai" Malaysia Vasudevan
"Kannu Pada" Ilaiyaraaja
"Koondukulla" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki
"Muthumani Maala" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela
"Sollaal Adicha" Ilaiyaraaja
"Antha Vaanathai" S. Janaki


Sundarji of Kalki called the story ordinary, but praised the cast performances and music.[9] Chinna Gounder won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film – Third Prize, and Sukanya won the award for Best Actress at the same ceremony.[10] At the 13th Cinema Express Awards, she won the Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil.[11]


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  4. ^ Paitandy, Priyadarshini (8 June 2017). "In pleasantville". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 March 2021. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  5. ^ Darshan, Navein (10 September 2019). "Sense of a scene: Vijayakanth's Chinna Gounder was not meant to romanticise caste". Cinema Express. Archived from the original on 9 March 2021. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  6. ^ Balachandran, Logesh (24 September 2015). "It's only because of Kalai Thaai that I'm still alive: Manorama". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 8 August 2021. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Chinna Gounder (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". Apple Music. 1 January 1992. Archived from the original on 17 February 2024. Retrieved 17 February 2024.
  8. ^ "Chinna Gounder Tamil Film Audio Cassette by Ilayaraaja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 24 November 2021. Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  9. ^ சுந்தர்ஜி (23 February 1992). "சின்னகவுண்டர்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 28. Archived from the original on 10 March 2023. Retrieved 10 March 2023.
  10. ^ "Film city to be ready soon: Jaya". The Indian Express. Express News Service. 19 January 1994. p. 3. Retrieved 9 March 2021 – via Google News Archive.
  11. ^ "Kamal, Revathi on top | Cinema Express Awards". The Indian Express. Express News Service. 17 March 1993. p. 4. Retrieved 9 March 2021 – via Google News Archive.

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