Chinna Vathiyar

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Chinna Vathiyar
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySingeetam Srinivasa Rao
Written byCrazy Mohan (dialogues)
Screenplay bySingeetam Srinivasa Rao
Story bySingeetam Srinivasa Rao
Produced byAlamelu Subramaniam
CinematographyR. Raghunatha Reddy
Edited byGanesh Kumar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Swathi Chithra International
Release date
  • 11 May 1995 (1995-05-11)[1]
Running time
132 minutes

Chinna Vathiyar (transl. Young Teacher) is a 1995 Indian Tamil-language science fiction comedy film, directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao. The film stars Prabhu in a dual role, Khushbu, Ranjitha, Goundamani, Senthil and Nizhalgal Ravi. Music was by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were by Vaali. The comedy subplot was inspired by Crazy Mohan's play Madhu +2. The film was successful at the box office.[2]


The story revolves around a professor named Chandramouli, who experiments on transferring the soul from one body to another. Professor Chandramouli is married to Janaki. He got help from a student Aravind, who is a bright student and a star in the school. The story begins when the two souls of professor and Aravind are transferred and it makes it uncomfortable to both parties and their girls. Meanwhile, a wealthy girl-abuser Baba took professor's favourite student and sold her to a gang. However, soul-changed professor and Aravind came to rescue her, where Baba flees from the police. Baba learns of the miracle medicine produced by the professor to change souls and when the soul changed professor and Aravind came to correct their souls at a cemetery. Professor gets changed, but Aravind's soul went on to a cat. Baba came quickly and hit professor and Baba changed his soul to Aravind's body. The cat with Aravind's soul is put into a nearby well and he flees with the miracle medicine. The new Aravind behaves differently and misbehaves. Finally, the professor realises the change. He finally found the miracle medicine which was hidden in the worshipped anthill. At last after a series of events, Aravind's soul is released from the cat and Baba's soul is trapped within a chicken.



The film was initially titled Professor, and the team subsequently chose to change title hoping to appeal to the Tamil speaking audience.[3] The comedy subplot was inspired by Crazy Mohan's play Madhu +2.[4]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics written by Vaali.[5][6]

Song Singer(s)
"Vatta Pandhu" Mano, K. S. Chithra
"Intha Padukaiyile" K. S. Chithra
"Kanmaniye Kanmaniye" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Rohini
"Love Pannidathan" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra
"Atha Maga Rathiname" Malaysia Vasudevan, Uma Ramanan


Chinna Vathiyar attained cult status in Tamil cinema for the Senthil-Goundamani comedy track.[4][7]


  1. ^ "சின்ன வாத்தியார்". Dina Thanthi (in Tamil). 11 May 1995.
  2. ^ "'Baasha' to 'Sathi Leelavathi': Why 1995 is an unforgettable year for Tamil cinema fans". The News Minute. 1 December 2020. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  3. ^ Sitaraman, Sandya (27 January 1995). "Some New Tamil Movie News". Tamil Movie News. Archived from the original on 22 January 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b Sunder, Gautam; Srivatsan, S. (10 June 2019). "Best of 'Crazy' Mohan in Tamil cinema". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 21 December 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Chinna Vatthiyaat". AVDigital. Archived from the original on 21 May 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Chinna Vathiyar". JioSaavn. 11 May 1995. Archived from the original on 28 February 2024. Retrieved 28 February 2024.
  7. ^ Kosalairaman, Muthu Vinayagam (11 May 2023). "28 Years of Chinna Vathiyar: கூடுவிட்டு கூடு பாயும் அற்புத கலையை கலக்கல் காமெடியாக சொன்ன சின்ன வாத்தியார்". Hindustan Times (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 11 May 2023. Retrieved 28 February 2024.

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