Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi

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Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi
Directed byManivannan
Written byManivannan
Story byShanmuga Priyan
Produced byTirupur Mani
Thara Sivakumar
K. Padmavathy
M. L. Nallamuthu
Tirupur Saravanan
Sudha Chandran
CinematographyA. Sabapathy
Edited byGouthaman
Music byGangai Amaran
Chemba Creations
Distributed byChemba Creations
Release date
19 February 1987[1]

Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi (transl. Younger Brother Elder Brother) is a 1987 Tamil-language romantic comedy film, directed by Manivannan. The film stars Sathyaraj and Prabhu Ganesan, along with Nadia. The film was a box office blockbuster and completed a 150-day run at all centres. The film was remade in Telugu as Chinnodu Peddodu and in Kannada as Ramanna Shamanna.


Chinna Thambi (Prabhu) and Periya Thambi (Sathyaraj) are brothers who work in a spinning mill in Booluvampatii, on the outskirts of Coimbatore district. They live with their widowed grand mother. Though the brothers quarrel often, they are always together and love each other. Suddenly, their mother's younger brother visits them after 20 years. Both brothers fall in love with their rich uncle's daughter Kavitha (Nadia) and try to woo her. But Kavitha's parents deny the alliance as the brothers are neither rich nor educated. Kavitha and her family are sent out of the village by the brother's mother due to this refusal. She also prohibits her sons to visit that uncle's family on any personal cause.

Well educated and beautiful, Kavitha is initially arranged to marry a wealthy man, Mohankumar, who happens to be the heir of a rich Garments company in Tirupur, where the brothers work. Hence both of them go to Chennai to work in the wedding. On the wedding eve, Kavitha's parents meet with a big accident while on the way to the marriage hall. On his deathbed, Kavitha's father mentions about the debts he is in and both of kavitha's parents pass away. All of her properties are sold off to repay the debt and the wedding is called off as Kavitha has become poor. The brothers console and take Kavitha back to their village and she begins to appreciate their simple lifestyle, and starts to live with her cousins and her aunt. Both brothers again try to woo Kavitha. Periya Thambi even works as sandalwood-cutter to buy luxuries for Kavitha, which she rejects as private Sandalwood felling is illegal. Periya Thambi is arrested by the local police and their mother dies due to heart-attack. Periya Thambi serves a 3-month term and is released, and starts to work in a mill. Eventually, Kavitha falls in love with the honest Chinna Thambi, meanwhile Periya Thambi happens to rescue a widow Thayamma from dire straits, and falls for her.

The mill owner tries to get Kavitha as his concubine and is beaten black and blue by the brothers. Chinna Thambi is jailed for 1 month as a consequence. Periya Thambi arranges for their wedding on the day of Chinna's release, and also Thayamma's family accepts for her remarriage. But on the day of the wedding, Kavitha is kidnapped by the mill owner's son and the local landlord. Periya Thambi goes to rescue her and see the owner's son attempting to rape Kavitha. Hence he beats all of them and kills both the mill owner's son and the local landlord. This is not revealed to Kavitha and Chinna Thambi and their wedding goes on successfully. Police come to arrest Periya Thambi and he marries Thayamma and immediately surrenders to police. He is given a 10-year sentence and he completes the term. after he returns, he sees his house developed and his wife waiting. As he starts to consummate his marriage, he hears a sound and finds that only then, his brother has also decided to consummate his marriage with Kavitha. All is well.



The entire album was composed by Gangai Amaran.,[2] except for the song "Oru Kathal Enbathu" composed by Maestro ILAYARAAJA. Gangai Amaran revealed this in a Jaya TV Show[3]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi" Gangai Amaran Gangai Amaran 03:40
2 "En Paatta Ketta" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Vairamuthu 04:21
3 "Mamam Ponnukku" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Gangai Amaran 04:09
4 "Mazhayin Thuliyile" K. S. Chithra Vairamuthu 04:21
5 "Oru Aala Marathula" K. S. Chithra 'Madhampatti' Sivakumar 04:20
6 "Oru Kathal" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Vairamuthu 04:49
7 "Ya Ya" S. P. Sailaja Gangai Amaran 04:04


The movies was shot in and around the Coimbatore city area showcasing places such as the Venkatlakshmi Kalyana Mandapam and the Viking baniyan company (currently in Tirupur).


The film received positive reviews from the critics.[4]


  1. ^ "Find Tamil movie Chinnathambi Periyathambi". Jointscene. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi Songs". tamiltunes. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Oru Kadhal - Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi Music by Ilayaraja - YouTube". Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  4. ^ Avoids beaten track - Indian Express - p. 14

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