Galatta Kalyanam

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Galatta Kalyanam
Galatta Kalyanam poster.jpg
Directed byC. V. Rajendran
Produced bySivaji Ganesan
Written byChitralaya Gopu
Screenplay byChitralaya Gopu
Story byC. V. Sridhar
Chitralaya Gopu
StarringSivaji Ganesan
A. V. M. Rajan
V. Gopalakrishnan
Jyothi Lakshmi
K. A. Thangavelu
V. S. Raghavan
Music byM. S. Viswanathan
CinematographyP. N. Sundaram
Edited byN. M. Shankar
Ramkumar Films
Distributed byRamkumar Films
Release date
12 April 1968
Running time
148 mins

Galatta Kalyanam (lit. Riotous Marriage) is a 1968 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy film, starring Sivaji Ganesan, Jayalalithaa, K. A. Thangavelu, Cho, A. V. M. Rajan, Nagesh, V. Goplakrishnan, V. S. Raghavan, Senthamarai, Sachu and Manorama. It is based on the play of the same name. The film was later remade in Malayalam as Snehikkan Samayamilla and in Kannada as Aliya Devaru.[1]


Madan (Sivaji Ganesan) and Lalitha (Jayalalithaa) are in love with each other. She is the second daughter of a businessman, Dharmalingam (Thangavelu). While seeking her hand in marriage, Dharmalingam lays down a condition that all his daughters' weddings are to be held simultaneously, thereby entrusting Madan with the unenviable task of finding suitable grooms for his other daughters. Madan seeks the help of his friend, Chandran (Nagesh) in his mission. Madan, however, soon realises that he has a Herculean task ahead of him – the eldest daughter Rathna (Manorama) is averse to marriage. The others have their own tastes and preferences. After encountering a lot of difficulties, they manage to find grooms for all of them. However, on the wedding eve, one of the grooms goes missing. After tracing the gang, Madan fights them to rescue the groom and finally all pairs get married.


  • Jayalalithaa as Lalitha, Dharmalingam's second daughter
  • Manorama as Rathna, Dharmalingam's elder daughter
  • Jyothi Lakshmi as Kanchana as Dharmalingam's third daughter
  • Sachu as Shantha as Dharmalingam's younger daughter
  • M. S. Sundari Bai as Devi, Dharmalingam's wife
  • Seethalakshmi as Lakshmi, Madhan's mother
  • Rajeswari as Sarasa, Dancer
  • Deva Manohari as Jaya, Vittal's lover
  • S. N. Parvathi as Ranjitham, stage actress


Galatta Kalyanam was the adaptation of a stage play written by Chitralaya Gopu, which was staged in a star night organised for donations during the Chinese Aggression. Gopu completed the script within two days. After seeing the positive response the play has received, Sivaji expressed interest in adapting the play into a feature film. This was the first film which had Gopu working outside the banner of Chitralaya and the film was directed by Sridhar's cousin C. V. Rajendran.[2]

The song sequence "Engal Kalyanam", which featured all the lead pairs dancing together was shot at Anna Tower. Since everyone was busy, Rajendran had to rely on "used cuts, zooms and whizz-pans to circumvent the challenge".[3] In order to portray Sivaji as "stylish and youthful", he created a shot of Sivaji walking from the manager's room to his seat, which would create a huge response among the audience.[3]


The music was composed by M. S. Viswanathan, and the lyrics were written by Vaali.[4] The song "Nalla Idam" contains the lines "Nalla Idam, Nee Vandha Idam" (Good place, the place you have come), which writer R. Kannan interpreted as meaning Jayalalithaa had moved from acting exclusively with M. G. Ramachandran.[5]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Appappa Naan" T. M. Soundararajan Vaali 03:41
2 "Engal Kalyanam" T. M. Soundararajan, P. B. Sreenivas, P. Susheela, L. R. Eswari, C. S. Ganesh 05:07
3 "Mella Varum Kaatru" T. M. Soundararajan P. Suseela 03:39
4 "Nalla Idam" T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 04:31
5 "Uravinil" C. S. Ganesh, L. R. Eswari 03:16


Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu wrote "Together with Nagesh, Sivaji Ganesan made watching Galatta Kalyanam a memorable experience".[6] Anupama Subramanian of Deccan Chronicle praised Jayalalitha's performance stating that "It was Galatta Kalyanam [..] which brought out her flair for comedy".[7]


  1. ^ "Vetern Director C.V.Rajendran Passed away". Cine Info TV. 2 April 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  2. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (10 July 2009). "Looking back with a smile". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b Rangarajan, Malathi (8 September 2016). "In a flashback mode". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Galatta Kalyanam (1968)". Music India Online. Archived from the original on 28 November 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ Kannan, R. (2017). MGR: A Life. India: Penguin Random House. p. 154.
  6. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (25 July 2003). "`Comedian' par excellence". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  7. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (25 February 2013). "Jaya's phenomenal celluloid presence". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 12 September 2015.

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