Sinna Mapplai

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Sinna Mapplai
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySanthana Bharathi
Written byCrazy Mohan (dialogues)
Screenplay bySanthana Bharathi
Story byP. Kalaimani
Produced byT. Siva
Edited byG. Jayachandran
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Amma Creations
Release date
  • 14 January 1993 (1993-01-14)

Sinna Mapplai (transl.Younger son-in-law), also spelt Chinna Mappillai,[1] is a 1993 Indian Tamil-language comedy film directed and co-written by Santhana Bharathi. The film stars Prabhu and Sukanya, with Radha Ravi, Anand, Sivaranjani and Visu in supporting roles. It was released on 14 January 1993. The film was remade in Telugu as Chinna Alludu (1993), in Kannada as Coolie Raja (1999) and twice in Hindi as Coolie No. 1 (1995 and 2020).


Thangavel is a coolie in a bus stand and a bachelor. One day, he goes to look for a bride for himself at someone's house. There he gets insulted as if he has been working in a bus stand for small wages. That night, he gets upset and notices the marriage broker Ambalavanan, whom he had helped before from the morons the other day, who was also sitting there. Then he starts sharing the incident, how it had happened, and how he was neglected at a bride's place. While he was explaining the issue, later he knows that Ambalavanan was also insulted somewhere else by the Periya pannai Aalavandhan for bringing up the lowest status groom for his elder daughter and her name is Janaki. He felt the groom was inferior to the periya pannai's highest status. After being insulted, he sits with an upset face at a bus stand and plans to make a vital lesson for the Periya pannai, particularly about how someone should control his arrogance. Consequently, the Broker joins Thangavel to make a plan of pretending to be a rich man who returns from Singapore and is looking for a bride. While he enters her village, he accidentally notices Janaki is also driving with Bullock Cart vehicle. So, he bets with her about who would win in the drive between his car and her cart. Finally, his car broke down while she went forward, with her easily winning. Since that moment, he starts falling in love with her and plans to marry Janaki by pulling a con, he wants to break her father's arrogance as per the Ambalavanan plans and his money-minded thoughts too. As the days go by, a day comes up when Periya Pannai comes to the bus stand to pick up the other bus to visit his daughter in her house, suddenly his son in law is caught up by his eyesights felt like he was deceived by someone who works as a coolie (Porter) in a bus stand takes others luggage for the low wages, later, he ashamed in himself for being cheated and couldn't digest too. As soon as Thangavel is noticed by his father-in-law, he gets alerted by striking out to make a sudden plan in tricky ways; his father-in-law should have believed the person he met is his younger brother. Both his son-in-law and his brother are in no communication at all. After everything is explained, Everybody trusts his words at the end of the conversation, and the rest of the story is told about How Thangavel maintain the lies efficiently and overcomes these issue with ambalavanan support, it has been screenplay in comical ways until the end of the movie part.



The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[4][5] The song "Vennilavu Kothipathanu" is set in Madhyamavati raga,[6] and "Kadhorum Lolakku" is set in Natabhairavi.[7]

Songs Singers Lyrics
"Vaanam Vazhthida" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Vaali
"Vennilavu Kothipathenna" Swarnalatha, Mano Piraisoodan
"Kattu Kuyil Paatu" Vaali
"Kadhorum Lolakku" Mano, S. Janaki
"Kanmanikkul Chinna" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Minmini
"Ada Mama Nee" Mano Gangai Amaran

Release and reception[edit]

Sinna Mapplai was released on 14 January 1993.[8] The Indian Express wrote, "[Sinna Mapplai] is a hilarious, racy comedy of the Wodehousian sort with engaging situations well directed by Santhana Bharathi".[3] Kalki's critic advised not to ask about the story, logic and other unnecessary things, but to put aside the old films that suddenly come to their mind. The critic added that Prabhu, Visu, Radha Ravi and others would make the audience laugh for two hours.[9] At the 14th Cinema Express Awards, Crazy Mohan won the Best Dialogue Writer award.[10]


The film was remade in Telugu as Chinna Alludu (1993), in Kannada as Coolie Raja (1999),[11] and twice in Hindi with the title Coolie No. 1 (1995) and (2020).[12]


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  2. ^ a b c Keramalu, Karthik (9 December 2020). "Prabhu, Venkatesh, Govinda, Shashi Kumar... Is Varun Dhawan Coolie No 1 or 5?". Film Companion. Archived from the original on 9 January 2021. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d MM (17 January 1993). "Wodehousian". The Indian Express. p. 7. Archived from the original on 17 April 2024. Retrieved 17 April 2024 – via Google News Archive.
  4. ^ "Chinna Mappillai / Raakaye Koyil". AVDigital. Archived from the original on 27 February 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Chinna Mapillai (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – EP". Apple Music. January 1993. Archived from the original on 28 December 2020. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  6. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 167.
  7. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 134.
  8. ^ Sundaram, Nandhu (27 June 2018). "From 'Gentleman' to 'Amaravathi' : Revisiting popular films which released 25 years ago". The News Minute. Archived from the original on 28 December 2020. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  9. ^ "சின்ன மாப்ளே". Kalki (in Tamil). 31 January 1993. p. 33. Archived from the original on 27 February 2023. Retrieved 23 December 2022 – via Internet Archive.
  10. ^ "Kizhakku Cheemayile adjudged best film". The Indian Express. Express News Service. 13 March 1994. p. 3. Archived from the original on 8 April 2023. Retrieved 22 February 2021 – via Google News Archive.
  11. ^ Chauhan, Gaurang (18 December 2020). "Not just the Varun Dhawan starrer, Govinda's Coolie No 1 was a remake too". Zoom. Archived from the original on 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  12. ^ "Remake of Coolie No. 1 a new film: David Dhawan". Outlook. IANS. 3 July 2019. Archived from the original on 28 December 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2020.


  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.

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