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Directed by Bharathi Kannan
Produced by R. B. Choudary
Written by Bharathi Kannan
E. Ramdoss (dialogues)
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Vijay
Edited by V. Jaishankar
Super Good Films
Release date
  • 2 December 1998 (1998-12-02)
Running time
150 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Kannathal is a 1998 Tamil devotional film directed by Bharathi Kannan. The film features Karan, Neena and Indhu in lead roles, with Manivannan, Vadivelu, Vadivukkarasi, Fathima Babu and Delhi Ganesh playing supporting roles. The film, produced by R. B. Choudary, had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 2 December 1998.[1][2][3]


Kannatha (Neena) is a goddess believer and she is treated as a goddess by the villagers. She lives with her father Shanmugam Pillai (Delhi Ganesh) who is a nadaswaram player and an ardent believer of a goddess, her mother (Fathima Babu) and her four little sisters.

Chinna Durai (Karan) is the son of the rich Zamindar Mohana Sundaram (Manivannan) and Ranganayaki (Vadivukkarasi). He is a womanizer and has a lot of bad habits. One day, Chinna Durai sees Kannatha in a Hindu festival and wants to have sex with her. So he decides to get married to her. Kannatha's father Shanmugam Pillai, who is in deep debt, accepts for the marriage. Chinna Durai and Kannatha finally get married.

After the marriage, Chinna Durai rapes her and begins to mistreat the innocent girl. When Shanmugam Pillai comes to see Kannatha, Chinna Durai ridicules him. Feeling guilty to destroy his daughter's life, Shanmugam dies from a heart attack. Kannatha decides to accommodate her mother and sisters in their big house. Mohana Sundaram and Ranganayaki humiliate them as much as possible to expel them in addition to this Chinna Durai sexually harasses Kannatha's mother. They cannot bear the mental torture so Kannatha's mother and the four girls commit suicide.

Soon, Kannatha becomes pregnant. One night, Chinna Durai, Mohana Sundaram and Ranganayaki beats the innocent girl to death and incinerate her. They claim that this was an accident. Later, Chinna Durai gets married to his relative Seetha Lakshmi (Indhu). Seetha Lakshmi is a talkative and naive village girl. Kannatha becomes a goddess and takes revenge on the culprits. What transpires later forms the crux of the story.



Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 1998
Recorded 1998
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 30:52
Producer Ilaiyaraaja

The film score and the soundtrack were composed by film composer Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack, released in 1998, features 7 tracks with lyrics written by Kamakodiyan, Ponnadiyan, Arivumathi, Ilaiyaraaja and Bharathi Kannan.[4][5]

Track Song Singer(s) Duration
1 'Amman Pukazhai Paada' (male) Ilaiyaraaja 4:53
2 'Amman Pukazhai Paada' (female) Bhavatharini 4:53
3 'Kamatchi Ammanukku' Sujatha Mohan 5:17
4 'Maalaiveiyazhaki' Ilaiyaraaja, Chorus 2:42
5 'Munthi Munthi Vinayagare' K. S. Chithra 6:20
6 'Pathilenkay Solvai' Sujatha Mohan 4:09
7 'Unnai Nambum' Devi, Chorus 2:38


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