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Directed byPa.Neelakandhan
Produced byR. M. Veerappan
Written by
  • Ve. Lakshmanan
  • R.M.Veerappan
Music byM. S. Viswanathan
CinematographyV. Ramamoorthy
Edited byC. P. Jambulingam
Distributed bySathiya Movies
Release date
  • 7 September 1967 (1967-09-07)
Running time
150 mins

Kaavalkaaran (Tamil: காவல்காரன், English: The Protector), is a 1967 Indian Tamil spy thriller film, directed by P. Neelakantan, starring M. G. Ramachandran in the lead role and Jayalalithaa, M. N. Nambiar, S. A. Ashokan, Sivakumar and Nagesh among others. It was the first film released after the shooting in his neck took place in 1967 and there was a rumour that MGR had no scope to continue in films in view of his voice. It ran 164 days in Ceylon and over 100 days in Chennai and other major cities and became the top grosser of the year. Thus it proved MGR could continue in films as well and thus next year MGR acted in 8 films. Thereafter continuously, his films ran box office hits of the years, consecutively. The film was remade in Hindi as Rakhwala, starring Dharmendra and Leena Chandavarkar.


Mani (alias Manikkam) (MGR), stemming from a modest background, enters in the service of the billionaire Maradhatchalam (M. N. Nambiar), as the driver.

The charming daughter of this fantastically wealthy notable, Susheela (Jayalalithaa) desperately falls in love with Mani and it is mutual.

However, Mani seems to be very worried. He does not confine himself only to his driver's job.

Indeed, upset by the terrible secret (that her mother reveals him at the bedside of her agony) on his young brother Chandra (Sivakumar) and intrigued by the strange behavior and the actions of his boss, Maradhatchalam, Manikkam looks actively for the answers!

In spite of the categorical opposition of his father and contrary to all expectations, Susheela gets married to the man of her life, Manikkam.

But does she believe and do they think all to know or to seize Manikkam, really?

But who is thus, in reality, this Mani? What does he plot?

Another version

Mani (alias Manikkam) (MGR) is employed as a driver with Maruthachalam (M. N. Nambiar). Mani and his employer daughter Susheela (Jayalalithaa) fall in love with each other and get married against Maruthachalam wishes.

This also enrages Nagu (S. A. Ashokan), her father's business partner, who intended to marry her.

In order to make her marriage successful, Susheela disowns her father and his wealth. Mani, on the other hand, loses his mother after a prolonged illness.

But before she dies, she tells him to safeguard the secret about his brother Chandra (Sivakumar) and is overhead by his uncle Vadhilingam (V. K. Ramaswamy).

He tries to blackmail Marudhachalam and make money with same.

Meanwhile, Susheela learns that her husband and father have been foes for long.

Does Marudhachalam manage to keep the secret himself?

Or does his enmity with Mani make him pay for his mistakes and greed?


Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran as Many (alias Manickkum), a driver
Jayalalithaa as Susheela
Sivakumar as Chandra (alias Chandran), Mani's younger brother
Nagesh as Gobi (alias Gobinath), the doctor
Pandari Bai (Guest star) as Karpagham, Mani's mother
Vijaya Rani (Guest star)
Pushpamala (Guest star) as Pushpa, Vaithilingham's wife
C. T. Rajakundham (Guest star)
Sirumi Radji (Guest star)

The casting is established according to the original order of the credits of opening of the movie, except those not mentioned


The Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (Sirede Padham)

By Tamizh Government Award (Tamizh Arasin Parisu)

About the movie[edit]

This was the first film after the incident of shooting in 1967 by the actor, "Nadiga vel" M. R. Radha in his neck.

It ran 100 days in Chennai and other major cities and in Ceylon it ran up to 164 days.

It was the first movie of the young actor Sivakumar at that time, with the great MGR.

Kaavalkaaran was almost called Manaivy at first.

Kaavalkaaran' marks the fifth realization of the great filmmaker P. Neelakantan for MGR and the third production under the famous Sathiya Movies!


Track list[1]
1."Ninaithen Vanthai"VaaliT. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela5:22
2."Mellappo Mellappo"VaaliT. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela4:02
3."Adangoppuraane"Alangudi SomuT. M. Soundararajan3:00
4."Kaathu koduthukettaen"VaaliT. M. Soundararajan 
5."Kattazhagu Thangamagal"Alangudi SomuP. Susheela 


  1. ^ "Kaavalkkaran songs". Retrieved 27 March 2012.

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