Kanni Thaai

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Kanni Thaai
Kanni Thaai.jpg
Directed byM. A. Thirumugam
Produced by"Sandow" M.M.A.Chinnappa Devar
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
CinematographyN. S. Varma
Edited byM. A. Thirumugam
M. G. Balu Rao
Distributed byDevar Films
Release date
10 September 1965
Running time
123 mins

Kanni Thaai (lit. Virgin mother) is a Tamil-language road film directed by M. A. Thirumugam, starring M. G. Ramachandran in the lead role. The film was produced by "Sandow" M.M.A.Chinnappa Devar under his Devar Films banner, released on 10 September 1965.

The song Kelamma Chinnaponnu Kelu was written by Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram before he died and under MGR's instructions it was used in the movie as it fitted the situation where MGR purposely created the situation.


The film primarily takes place on the Tamil roads of the 60s.

In a military camp, captain Saravanan (MGR) promises to his brother-in-arms, captain Moorthy, dying person (seriously wounded following an exchange enlivened against poachers on the Indian border) to take care of his girl Rani (Baby Shakila[1]), an adorable girl, very intelligent, of 6 years.

Once, the knowledge is made between the military officer (MGR) and the girl (Baby Shakila), begins then a big trip through the country, full of pitfalls.

Because of his swiftness, the military officer Saravanan realizes that who his daughter protects is the leader of an evil group.

But they do not fall only upon ill-intentioned people, quite the opposite, Saravanan and Rani meet on their way, the beautiful Sarasou (Jayalalitha), a young woman without ties, devoid of any bad feelings, which will spare no effort, such as being mother for Rani and will devote herself as an affectionate partner for Saravanan.

Together, for the girl Râni, they are going to surmount all the numerous obstacles which wait for them on the road...


Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran as Captain Saravanan
M. N. Nambiar as Rakka, Vasu's hired man
S. A. Ashokan as D. Vasu, captain D. Moorthy's younger brother
Nagesh as Estate manager's son
V. K. Ramasamy as Estate manager
"Sandow" M.M.A.Chinnappa Devar as Kali, Vasu's hired man
K. R. Vijaya as Suguna
Jayalalitha as Sarasou
Manorama as Rukku, alias Rukkumani
P. K. Saraswathi as Captain Saravanan's mother
Baby Shakila[2] as Rani
Chandhrakantha[3] (Guest-Star) as Nirmala, Rani's mother & captain D. Moorthy's wife

About the movie[edit]

KANNI THAAI was the ninth adventure of MGR under Devar Films banner, it is a road movie.

The actress P. K. Saraswathi, who plays the mother of MGR, here, was his younger sister in 1952 in ANDHAMAN KAIDHI.

A few months rather, during the same year, the actress Baby Shakila was already seen beside MGR in the legendary ENGA VEETTU PILLAI.

For the actress Baby Shakila, it was not her first Devar Films with MGR, because she had debuted in the Tamil western, the famous VETTAIKAARAN, in 1964.


The Indian Express called the story "lacklustre", its narration "mawkish" and the dialogue "gibberish".[4]


The music was composed by K.V.Mahadevan.

Track listing[5]
1."Vayara Mutham" P. Susheela3.23
2."Kelamma Chinnaponnu"Pattukottai KalyanasundaramT. M. Soundararajan3.48
3."Ammadi Thookamma"Panju ArunachalamT. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela3.56
4."Maana Porantha"Panju ArunachalamT. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela4.29
5."Endrum Pathinaru"Panju ArunachalamT. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela3.34
6."Vazhai Vidhu Ilai"Panju ArunachalamDharapuram Sundararajan & Manorama3.02


  1. ^ https://antrukandamugam.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/baby-shakila/
  2. ^ https://antrukandamugam.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/baby-shakila/
  3. ^ https://antrukandamugam.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/chandhrakantha/
  4. ^ "'Kannithai' is depressing". The Indian Express. 2 October 1965. p. 3.
  5. ^ "Kanni Thaai songs". Retrieved 17 March 2012.

External links[edit]

Kanni Thaai on IMDb