|Directed by||A.P. Nagarajan|
|Produced by||A. L. Srinivasan|
|Written by||A.P. Nagarajan|
S. A. Ashokan
S. V. Ramadoss
K. B. Sundarambal
|Music by||K V Mahadevan|
|Cinematography||K. S. Prasad|
|Edited by||R. Devarajan|
A. L. S. Productions
|Distributed by||A. L. S. Productions|
|14 January 1967|
Kandhan Karunai (lit. By the Mercy of Kandhan) is a 1967 Indian Tamil-language mythological film, written and directed by A.P. Nagarajan. It features an ensemble cast including Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Sivakumar, Savithri, K.R.Vijaya, J.Jayalalitha, S. A. Ashokan, K. B. Sundarambal, Manorama and Nagesh. It also starred a four year old Sridevi, marking her cinematic debut.
The film revolves around Lord Murugan, his birth, marriage and his acceptance of the post of the head of the army of heaven. In Hinduism, there are six abodes of lord Muruga, known as the "Arupadaiveedu". The story behind each of the abodes are portrayed choronologically in the film. It starts with Swamimalai, where Lord Muruga (Master Sridhar) teaches the meaning of the word 'OM' to his father, Lord Shiva (Gemini Ganesan). He goes to Palani Hills after a fight over a sacred fruit, that is his second abode. Then he wins over the demon king Surapadman in Thiruchendur and that is his third abode. The King of heaven, Lord Indra offers his Daughter's hand in appreciation of Lord Muruga's Victory and he marries her in Thirupparamkunram, his fourth abode. He later marries Valli in his fifth abode of Thiruthani, later after a short dispute between both his wives they amicably settle in Pazhamudircholai, his sixth abode. All the events are summarised by Nakkeerar, a great Tamil Poet portrayed by Sirkazhi Govindarajan at the end of the film.
- Sivakumar as Lord Murugan
- Sivaji Ganesan as Veerabaghu Devan
- Gemini Ganesan as Lord Shiva
- Savitri as Parvathi
- K. R. Vijaya as Deivanai / Devanayaki
- J. Jayalalitha as Valli / Vallinayaki
- S. A. Ashokan as Soorapadmanan
- Ambika as Padma Komala, Soorapadmanan's Wife
- K. Balaji as Banugopan Soorapadmanan Son
- S. V. Ramadoss as Soorapadmanan Assistent
- V. Gopalakrishnan as Indira Sevagan
- S. Varalakshmi as Indrani
- K. B. Sundarambal as Avvaiyar
- Nagesh as Nageswaran Valli Friend
- Manorama as Valli's friend
- Senathipathy as Nambiyappan Valli Father
- E. R. Sagadevan as Soorapadmanan Assistent
- Sirkazhi Govindarajan in a cameo as Nakkeerar
- Master Sridhar as Child Murugan
- Sridevi as Younger Murugan
|Soundtrack album by|
|Producer||K. V. Mahadevan|
The music composed by K. V. Mahadevan, for which he received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction. The song "Thiruparankundrathil Nee" was composed by Kunnakudi Vaidyanthan. The song "Arupadai Veedu" is based on Kambhoji raga. Solla Solla inikkudhadaa song is set to Kundhalavarali raaga.
|1||"Aarumugamana Porul"||Rajalakshmi, S. Janaki||Kannadasan||03:24|
|2||"Aarumuga Saravana"||P. Susheela||Sankaradas Swamigal||00:54|
|3||"Arupadai Veedu Konda"||Seerkazhi Govindarajan||Kannadasan||06:41|
|4||"Ariyathu Ketkum"||K. B. Sundarambal||Kannadasan||06:06|
|5||"Konjum Kili"||A. L. Raghavan||Sankaradas Swamigal||01:11|
|6||"Kurinjiyile Poo Malarnthu"||P. Susheela||Kannadasan|
|7||"Manam Padaithen"||P. Susheela||04:01|
|8||"Murugane Senthil"||Seerkazhi Govindarajan||00.58|
|9||"Munthum Thamizh"||A. L. Raghavan, K. B. Sundarambal, Jamuna Rani, A. P. Komala||Kannadasan||03:48|
|10||"Solla Solla" (Film Version)||P. Susheela||02:22|
|11||"Solla Solla" (Full Version)||P. Susheela|
|12||"Thirupparang Kundrathil"||Rajalakshmi, P. Susheela||Poovai Senguttavan||03:23|
|13||"Vallimalai Pothigaimalai"||P. Susheela|
|14||"Vellimalai Mannava"||S. Varalakshmi||Sankaradas Swamigal||01:54|
|15||"Vetrivel Veeravel"||T. M. Soundararajan||Kannadasan||02:41|
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