|Directed by||M. A. Thirumugam|
|Produced by||"Sandow" M.M.A.Chinnappa Devar|
|Music by||K. V. Mahadevan|
|Cinematography||N. S. Varma|
|Edited by||M. A. Thirumugam|
M. G. Balu Rao
|Distributed by||Devar Films|
|10 September 1965|
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), 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...
|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|
|Manorama||as Rukku, alias Rukkumani|
|P. K. Saraswathi||as Captain Saravanan's mother|
|Baby Shakila||as Rani|
|Chandhrakantha (Guest-Star)||as Nirmala, Rani's mother & captain D. Moorthy's wife|
About the movie
The music was composed by K.V.Mahadevan.
|1.||"Vayara Mutham"||P. Susheela||3.23|
|2.||"Kelamma Chinnaponnu"||Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram||T. M. Soundararajan||3.48|
|3.||"Ammadi Thookamma"||Panju Arunachalam||T. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela||3.56|
|4.||"Maana Porantha"||Panju Arunachalam||T. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela||4.29|
|5.||"Endrum Pathinaru"||Panju Arunachalam||T. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela||3.34|
|6.||"Vazhai Vidhu Ilai"||Panju Arunachalam||Dharapuram Sundararajan & Manorama||3.02|
- "'Kannithai' is depressing". The Indian Express. 2 October 1965. p. 3.
- "Kanni Thaai songs". Retrieved 17 March 2012.