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Directed byBharathi Kannan
Written byBharathi Kannan
E. Ramdoss (dialogues)
Produced byR. B. Choudary
Edited byV. Jaishankar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 2 December 1998 (1998-12-02)
Running time
150 minutes

Kannathal is a 1998 Indian Tamil-language devotional film directed by Bharathi Kannan. This film was a hit at box office. The film stars Karan, Neena and Indhu, with Manivannan, Vadivelu, Vadivukkarasi, Fathima Babu, and Delhi Ganesh playing supporting roles. It was released on 2 December 1998.


Kannatha (Neena) is a goddess believer and 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 witnesses Kannatha in a Hindu festival and wants to have sex with her, so he decides to marry her. Shanmugam, who is in deep debt, accepts for the marriage. Chinna Durai and Kannatha finally marry.

After the marriage, Chinna Durai rapes Kannatha and begins to mistreat the innocent girl. When Shanmugam comes to see Kannatha, Chinna Durai ridicules him. Feeling guilty to have destroyed his daughter's life, Shanmugam dies from a heart attack. Kannatha then decides to accommodate her mother and sisters in their big house. Mohana Sundaram and Ranganayaki humiliate them as much as possible to expel them from their house; 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 by eating poisoned food.

Kannatha doesn't know the news of her family's death. Meanwhile, Kannatha becomes pregnant. In eager to spoil another woman's life they accuse that Kannatha's baby is someone else's baby, The village president (in order of chonnadurai) demands Kannatha should perform a ritual on front of Chintala karai Vekkali amman statue if she does the ritual without aborting the baby, she is a good woman. Kannatha performs the ritual successfully.One night, Chinna Durai, Mohana Sundaram, and Ranganayaki beat the crap out of the innocent girl to death and incinerate her. They claim that this was an accident to the police. Later, Chinna Durai marries his relative Seetha Lakshmi (Indhu), a talkative and naive village girl. Later, Kannatha becomes a goddess and takes revenge on the culprits. What transpires later forms the crux of the story.



Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The film score and the soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack, released in 1998, features 7 tracks with lyrics written by Kamakodiyan, Ponnadiyan, Arivumathi, Ilaiyaraaja and Bharathi Kannan.[1][2]

Track Song Singer(s) Lyrics Duration
1 "Amman Pukazhai Paada" (male) Ilaiyaraaja Ilaiyaraaja 4:53
2 "Amman Pukazhai Paada" (female) Bhavatharini 4:53
3 "Kamatchi Ammanukku" Sujatha Ponnadiyan 5:17
4 "Maalaiveiyazhaki" Ilaiyaraaja, Chorus Kamakodiyan 2:42
5 "Munthi Munthi Vinayagare" K. S. Chithra Bharathi Kannan 6:20
6 "Pathilenkay Solvai" Sujatha Arivumathi 4:09
7 "Unnai Nambum" Devie Neithiyar , Chorus Kamakodiyan 2:38


D. C. Ramanujam of The Hindu opined that "The old fashioned approach of director S. Bharathikannan, based on his story and screenplay, may go well with rural audience, particularly womenfolk".[3]


  1. ^ "Kannathal Songs — Tamil Movie Songs". play.raaga.com. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Kannathaal, Kannathaal Songs". saavn.com. January 1998. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Film Reviews: Velli Nilavae / Kannaathaal". www.thehindu.com. Archived from the original on 7 April 2001. Retrieved 12 January 2022.