|Directed by||S. Ganesaraj|
|Produced by||M. Vedha|
|Written by||S. Ganesaraj|
|Edited by||Srinivas Krishna|
Chinna Thayee is a 1992 Tamil drama film directed by S. Ganesaraj. The film features Vignesh and Padmashri in lead roles. The film, produced by M. Vedha, had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 1 February 1992.
Ponrasu (Vignesh) returns to his village after studying in the city. Ponrasu's father Veeramuthu Naicker (Vinu Chakravarthy) is the religious figure of the village called "Samiyaadi" (disguised as the male deity Sudalai Madan) who delivers divine judgement and kills those who faced him during the ceremony. Ponrasu loves the village belle Chinna Thayee (Padmashri) since his childhood and Chinna Thayee develops a soft corner for Ponrasu.
Chinna Thayee's mother Raasamma (Sabitha Anand) is against their love because in the past Raasamma was in love with a singer and he dumped her after consummating their relationship. She is afraid that the same thing happens to her daughter. Raasamma is the mistress of Samundi (Napoleon), a brute, who is married to another person and has a child.
Raasamma brainwashed Chinna Thayee and convinced her to forget him. Chinna Thayee first avoids Ponrasu, but then they get closer and Chinna Thayee gets pregnant. In a routine ceremony, Veeramuthu Naicker as "Samiyaadi" faces Raasamma who reveals everything on their children's relationship and she implores him to kill her. Shocked, Veeramuthu Naicker ignores her. This incident is considered a bad omen by the villagers. Then, Ponrasu's parents brainwash him and the heartbroken Ponrasu returns to the city.
One day, Samundi tries to rape Chinna Thayee and during the confrontation, he kills his mistress Raasamma. At the village court (Gram panchayat), Veeramuthu Naicker solely orders Samundi to make offerings at the temple and he succeeds to cover up his son's love affair. Chinna Thayee complains it to the police and the police inspector Sankarapandian (Radha Ravi) attempts to arrest Samundi. Sankarapandian faces the village's opposition, so he arrests Veeramuthu Naicker and he releases him later. Ponrasu returns to his village and he cannot forget Chinna Thayee whereas his father forces him to marry with another girl. The previous ceremony's incident overwhelmed the entire village, so Ponrasu becomes the new "Samiyaadi". During the ceremony, Ponrasu faces Chinna Thayee with his newborn baby. What transpires later forms the crux of the story.
- Vignesh as Ponrasu
- Padmashri as Chinna Thayee
- Radha Ravi as Inspector Sankarapandian
- Vinu Chakravarthy as Veeramuthu Naicker
- Napoleon as Samundi
- Sabitha Anand as Raasamma
- G. Jayanthi
- Vichithra as Ponnamma
- Junior Balaiah as Vathiyar
- A. K. Veerasamy
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1||"Arumbarumba Saram"||P. Susheela||05:17|
|3||"Kottaiya Vittu"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||1:17|
|4||"Kottaiya Vittu"||S. Janaki||5:02|
|5||"Kottaiya Vittu"||Uma Ramanan||5:02|
|6||"Naan Erikarai"||K. J. Yesudas, Swarnalatha||5:08|
|8||"Naan Ipothum"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||4:55|
N. Krishnaswamy of The New Indian Express gave the film a positive review citing "director Ganesharaj comes up with winning scenes that have elemental power, making his artistes with one another, and the audience well". He also praised the cinematographer Viswam Nataraj and the music director Ilaiyaraaja for their work. The film completed a 100-day run at the box-office.
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