Kannukkul Nilavu

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Kannukkul Nilavu
Kannukkul Nilavu poster.jpg
Release poster
Directed by Fazil
Produced by Mohan Natarajan
Written by Gokula Krishna(Dialogue)
Screenplay by Fazil
Story by Fazil
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Ananda Kuttan
Edited by T. R. Sekar
Chinthamani Cine Arts
Distributed by Ayngaran International
Release date
  • 14 January 2000 (2000-01-14)
Running time
170 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Kannukkul Nilavu (English: Moon in Eyes) is an Indian 2000 Tamil romantic psychological thriller film written and directed by Fazil. The film features Vijay and Shalini in the leading roles, while Raghuvaran, Srividya, Kaveri and Ponvannan play other supporting roles.[1] The film opened in January 2000 with positive reviews and was declared a super hit at the box office. In 2017, the film was dubbed into Hindi as My Duty by WAM India Movies.[2] It was Vijay's 25th movie.


Gautham Prabhakar (Vijay) meets Dr. Rajasekhar (Raghuvaran), a psychologist, his daughter Hema (Shalini) and her friends, Surya (Charle) & Chandru (Dhamu). He has memories of a girl named Gayathri (Kaveri), whom he met briefly and wishes to find again. After examining his subconscious mind, Dr. Rajasekhar finds out that Gautham is suffering from split personality and has forgotten a lot of things, including the details of Gayathri's disappearance. Dr. Rajasekhar finds out that Gautham is looking for Shanmugam and his two friends, who Gautham feels have killed Gayathri. Hema falls in love with Gautham. Because of the affection and care shown by his mother, Gautham slowly recovers all the missing details about why and how he got to where he is. After attempts at revenge, Gautham starts a new life with Hema gaining the acceptance his mother and her father.



Mohan Natarajan brought together the team of the successful 1997 film, Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, in director Fazil and leading pair Vijay and Shalini with the venture. Anandakuttan was signed on to handle the camera and Ilaiyaraja to compose the music, while Shekar took charge of the editing, while the art direction was handled by Mani Suchitra. The filming took place in and around Chennai, Pondicherry, Krishnapatnam Harbour, Vizag Harbour, Tuticorin Harbour, Alappuzha, Kochi and the hilly area of Wagamon.[3]


The film was released on 14 January 2000. Kannukkul Nilavu opened to positive reviews with The Hindu claiming that it was a "tremendous comeback vehicle for Vijay, wherein he portrays an entire gamut of emotions". The reviewer added that the film was "subtle in scenic presentation and characterisation, suspense without melodrama and spontaneity in reactions are plusses", while mentioning that Shalini was "flawless" in her role.[4] Rediff.com described it as a "film worth seeing", labelling that "the highlight of the film is actor Vijay's power-packed performance". The critic described that the "actor has shown laudable skill both in the way he has handled this complicated role and in expressing various shades of Gautham's tormented mind. Especially from the moment he becomes aggressive, with the violent streak predominating and eyes blazing with manic fury."[5]

Cinematographer Ananda Kuttan won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer for his work in the film. The film was awarded with a clean 'U' certificate by the Indian Censor Board. The satellite rights of the film were purchased by Sun TV.[6]


The film's score and soundtrack is composed by Ilaiyaraaja, while lyrics written by Palani Bharathi.[7]

Kannukkul Nilavu
Soundtrack album to Kannukkul Nilavu by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 1999
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Tamil
Label Five Star Audio
Producer Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja chronology
Guru Ramana Geetam
(1999)Guru Ramana Geetam1999
Kannukkul Nilavu
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Iravu Pagalai Theda  " K. J. Yesudas 5:16
2. "Nilavu Paatu" Hariharan 6:04
3. "Oru Naal Oru Kanavu (Male version)" K. J. Yesudas 4:49
4. "Oru Naal Oru Kanavu (duet)" K. J. Yesudas, Anuradha Sriram 4:49
5. "Adida Melathai" S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. N. Surendar, Arun Mozhi 5:11
6. "Roja Poonthotam" P. Unni Krishnan, Anuradha Sriram 4:54
7. "Enthen Kuilenge" P. Unni Krishnan, Anuradha Sriram 4:55
8. "Chinnanchiru Kiliye" K. S. Chithra 5:03


  1. ^ Jeyam Ratnasabapathy. "Vijay`s Kannukkul Nilavu Tamil Movie". Kannukkul-nilavu.8m.com. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  2. ^ "My Duty (Kannukkul Nilavu) full movie". YouTube. 
  3. ^ Subas Selvanathan. "Kannukkul Nilavu". Cinematoday.itgo.com. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  4. ^ The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2000-01-21 http://www.hindu.com/2000/01/21/stories/09210224.htm.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: Review of Fazil's Kannukkul Nilavu". Rediff.com. 2000-01-19. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  6. ^ "Tamil Nadu announces film awards for three years — Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 2004-10-01. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  7. ^ Kannukkul Nilavu, Oosai, retrieved 2008-10-28 

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