Kaatrukkenna Veli

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Kaatrukkenna Veli
Directed byPugazhendhi Thangaraj
Written byPugazendhi Thangaraj
Produced byT. Vellaiyan
CinematographyM. Ashokselva
Edited byK. Thanigachalam
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Thaai Movie Makers
Release date
  • 27 April 2001 (2001-04-27)
Running time
145 minutes

Kaatrukkenna Veli (transl. Why does the wind need a fence?) is a 2001 Indian Tamil-language war drama film directed by Pugazhendhi Thangaraj. The film stars Sujitha and Sriman, with Khushbu, C. Arun Pandian, Chandrasekhar, Sudhangan, Sakthi Kumar, Arulmani, Kalairani, Diana and Premi playing supporting roles. The film, produced by T. Vellaiyan, had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 27 April 2001.[1]


Manimekalai is a young LTTE rebel fighter. During a battle in Valvettithurai (northeast coast of Sri Lanka), she is seriously injured in the leg. A small group of rebels take her on a boat and are headed to India. They land in Point Calimere (India). With the help of an Indian Tamil intermediate, they reach a hospital in Nagapattinam.

The doctor Subhash Chandra Bose, also known as Subhash, first refuses to treat Manimekalai because it is an illegal matter. After seeing her leg's condition, he finally accepts to operate her but Manimekalai does not want to have her leg amputated. It was a sensitive case, the doctors successfully operate her leg but it's only temporary. Her leg could be at any time collapsed and she could die of it. Subhash doesn't understand why she risks her life for her leg and she tells him her past.

In the past, Manimekalai was a cheerful and careless girl. After failing a class twice, she left school. One day, the disabled woman Lakshmi had just moved in next door. Lakshmi and Manimekalai became good friends and spent time singing songs. Everything went well until a LTTE soldier got killed by Sri Lanka Army in Lakshmi's home. Thereafter, the army started to threaten them, Manimekalai ran away from the place while Lakshmi stayed there. The same night, Lakshmi set herself on fire. Later, Manimekalai joined the LTTE.

After listening to her tragic past, Subhash promises her to not call the police and he accepts to let her in the hospital ward for a month. The Tamil Nadu police receive very often information letters from the Sri Lankan government and this time it's about the rebel group staying in a hospital. What transpires later forms the crux of the story.


  • Sujitha as Manimekalai
  • Sriman as Dr. Subhash Chandra Bose aka Subhash
  • Khushbu as Lakshmi
  • C. Arun Pandian as LTTE fighter
  • Chandrasekhar as Mohamed Sherif
  • Sudhangan as Murali
  • Sakthi Kumar as Yoganathan
  • Arulmani as Bhagavathi Pandian
  • Kalairani as Subhash's mother
  • Diana as Shiba
  • Premi as Manimekalai's mother
  • Ruban George as Police officer


The film score and the soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics written by Subramania Bharati.[citation needed]

Song Singer(s) Duration
"Sri Gananatha Sindhoora" Uma Ramanan, Sunandha 0:33
"Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai" Uma Ramanan, Sunandha 1:05
"Vaarthai Thavari Vittai" Uma Ramanan 1:28

Release and reception[edit]

The film was initially banned by the Censor Board because of its sympathetic portrayal of the LTTE, and negative portrayal of Sri Lankan soldiers.[2] Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu wrote, "The way the story has been dealt with is quite interesting — till the last few scenes when the proceedings drag".[3] Malini Mannath of Chennai Online opined that "Writer-director Pugazhendi Thangaraj's 'Kaatrukkenna Veli' comes as a whiff of fresh air".[4] Kalki rated the film "above average".[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kaatrukkenna Veli ( 2001 )". Cinesouth. Archived from the original on 13 August 2004. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Censor Board bans Tamil film". Rediff.com. UNI. 15 December 2000. Archived from the original on 20 April 2005. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  3. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (23 November 2001). "Kaatrukkenna Vaeli". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  4. ^ Mannath, Malini. "Kaatrukkenna Veli". Chennai Online. Archived from the original on 18 March 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  5. ^ "காற்றுக்கென்ன வேலி". Kalki (in Tamil). 9 December 2001. p. 37. Retrieved 21 September 2022.

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