|Directed by||R. Raghu|
|Produced by||R. Vasanthi|
|Written by||T. K. Bose|
|Edited by||L. Kesavan|
N. R. Enterprises
Katta Panchayathu is a 1996 Tamil film directed by R. Raghu. The film features Karthik and Kanaka in lead roles, with Radha Ravi, Goundamani, Senthil, V. K. Ramasamy, Ravichandran, Ponvannan, Srividya and Bharathi Vishnuvardhan playing supporting roles. The film, produced by R. Vasanthi, had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 7 June 1996.
Shenbagam (Kanaka) is a Koothu actress in a remote village, she lives with her little sister Mallika. Ponnazhagi Naachiyar (Srividya) is a panchayathu chief since the death of her husband Ramadurai (Ravichandran), she has two sons : the elder Kathirvel (Radha Ravi) is an uneducated brute who woos his relative Shenbagam whereas Chinnadurai (Ponvannan) studies in the city.
One day, at the village court, a poor woman claims that the rich Sidambaram (R. K) and she are in love with each other and she is now pregnant. Ponnazhagi clears Sidambaram due to a lack of evidence and states that the poor woman is greedy. The poor woman later tries to commit suicide but the kind-hearted Rajadurai (Karthik) saves her on time. Rajadurai later beats up Sidambaram and he admits its mistake, so Rajadurai arranges their wedding, dismissing Ponnazhagi's judgement. Rajadurai was adopted and brought up by the Muslim man Rowther (V. K. Ramasamy).
Thereafter, Shenbagam's sister Mallika (Anusha) hits puberty. Kathirvel, who was supposed to arrange the puberty ceremony as per the custom, is in the city with his brother Chinnadurai. Considering the circumstances, Rajadurai arranges the ceremony. When Kathirvel becomes aware of this matter, Kathirvel and Rajadurai fight. Kathirvel then threatens Shenbagam and Mallika to kill them if the two sisters break the village customs once again. Shenbagam cannot bear Kathirvel's mental torture so Rajadurai promises Shenbagam to get married to her. Ponnazhagi who expected her son Chinnadurai to be a kind-hearted person is, in fact, a rude womanizer. Ponnazhagi decides to let her son become the panchayat chief all the same but during the ceremony of the transfer of power, Rowther claims that Rajadurai is the only one who can be the next panchayat chief and then Rajadurai's mother Parvathi (Bharathi Vishnuvardhan) arrives determined to confirm it.
Many years back, the panchayat chief Ramadurai (Ravichandran) and Parvathi were a happily married couple and lived with their baby son Rajadurai. One day, Parvathi caught her husband Ramadurai and his relative Ponnazhagi having sex. So Parvathi arranged the wedding between Ramadurai and Ponnazhagi, she then left his home with her son. Yet shortly before Ramadurai died, Ramadurai whispered "Parvathi" multiple times in his bed, it irked Ponnazhagi. The villagers went to Parvathi's house to inform her about this. There, a half naked-man ran away from the house. The villagers suspected the innocent Parvathi for having an affair with another man and locked her in her house until the end of the death ceremony. Later, Ponnazhagi plotted to kill Parvathi and Rajadurai. Rowther then adopted Rajadurai and Parvathi disappeared. Rowther and Rajadurai left the village and then came back many years later. It is later revealed that Kathirvel was adopted and he was the son of the man who ran away from Parvathi's house.
Back to the present, the villagers support Rajadurai who is the first son of Ramadurai. Afterwards, Kathirvel and Chinnadurai attempt to murder their mother Ponnazhagi and want to blame the innocent Rajadurai, but Rajadurai saves Ponnazhagi on time. Ponnazhagi then realises her sins and apologizes to Rajadurai and Parvathi in front of the villagers. Kathirvel and Chinnadurai kidnap Shenbagam, Ponnazhagi and Parvathi, but Rajadurai finally saves them. During the fight, Kathirvel and Chinnadurai accidentally stab one other to death. The film ends with Rajadurai becoming the new village panchayat chief with the blessings of Ponnazhagi and Parvathi.
- Karthik As Rajadurai
- Kanaka as Shenbagam
- Radha Ravi as Kathirvel
- Senthil as Chinna Thambi
- V. K. Ramasamy as Rowther
- Ravichandran as Ramadurai
- Ponvannan as Chinnadurai
- Srividya as Ponnazhagi Naachiyar
- Bharathi Vishnuvardhan as Parvathi
- Anusha as Mallika
- Kavithasri as an item number
- Raviraj as Kathirvel's father
- R. K as Sidambaram
- Karuppu Subbiah as Subbiah
- Tirupur Ramasamy as Ramasamy
- Joker Thulasi as Doctor
- King Kong
- Vijay Ganesh as Krishnamoorthy
- Chandrakala as Sarasu
- Kovai Senthil
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The film score and the soundtrack were composed by film composer Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack, released in 1996, features 5 tracks with lyrics written by Vaali, Muthulingam, Kamakodiyan, Muhammed Metha and Ponnadiyan.
|1||"Oru Chinna Mani"||Jolly Abraham, Bhavatharini||5:10|
|2||"Mayavarathu Maya Kuthirai"||Arunmozhi||5:02|
|3||"Meesa Mela Kayya"||Mano||4:55|
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