|Directed by||Santhana Bharathi|
|Produced by||T. Siva|
|Written by||Crazy Mohan (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||Santhana Bharathi|
|Story by||P. Kalaimani|
|Edited by||G. Jayachandran|
Chinna Mapillai (transl. Younger Son-in-law) is a 1993 Indian Tamil-language comedy film directed and co-written by Santhana Bharathi. The film stars Prabhu and Sukanya. 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 (in 1995 and in 2020).
Thangavel is a coolie in a bus stand. Ambalavanan, a marriage broker wants him to pose as a rich man from Singapore and marry Janaki to break the arrogance and her money-minded father Periya Pannai. Periya Pannai finds out that he is a coolie, but Thangavel brilliantly lies that it is his younger brother. How Thangavel reforms both of them forms the story.
- Prabhu as Thangavel
- Sukanya as Janaki
- Sivaranjani as Mythili
- Radha Ravi as Aalavanthan / Periya Pannai
- Visu as Ambalavanan
- Anand as Vinod
- Vinu Chakravarthy as Anand's father
- Kavithalaya Krishnan
- Venniradai Moorthy
- S. N. Parvathi
The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics written by Vaali and Gangai Amaran. The song "Vennilavu Kothipathanu" is set in Madhyamavati raga, and "Kadhorum Lolakku" is set in Natabhairavi.
|1||"Vaanam Vazhthida"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||Vaali|
|3||"Kattu Kuyil Paatu"||Mano, Swarnalatha||Vaali|
|4||"Kadhorum Lolakku"||Mano, S. Janaki|
|5||"Kanmanikkul Chinna"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Uma Ramanan, Minmini||Vaali|
|6||"Ada Mama Nee"||Mano||Gangai Amaran|
Release and reception
Chinna Mapillai was released on 14 January 1993. The Indian Express wrote, "Chinna Maappille is a hilarious, racy comedy of the Wodehousian sort with engaging situations well directed by Santhana Bharathi". At the Cinema Express Awards of 1994, Crazy Mohan won the Best Dialogue Writer award.
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Initially, he thought of me as a kid and one day, called me out of the blue to ask if I had seen the Tamil film Chinna Mapillai, and that we should remake it.
- Sundararaman (2007) . Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.