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Directed byDevaraj–Mohan
Screenplay byPanchu Arunachalam
Story byR. Selvaraj
Produced byS. P. Tamizharasi
Fatafat Jayalaxmi
CinematographyR. N. K. Prasad
Edited byB. Kandhasamy
Music byIlaiyaraaja
S. P. T. Films
Release date
  • 29 July 1977 (1977-07-29)
Running time
104 minutes

Kavikkuyil is a 1977 Indian Tamil-language film directed by Devaraj–Mohan. The film stars Sivakumar, Sridevi and Fatafat Jayalaxmi, with S. V. Subbaiah, Rajinikanth and Senthamarai in supporting roles. It was released on 29 July 1977,[1] and failed at the box office.


Gopal and Radha are lovers. Murugan is the brother of Radha. He is loved by Lakshmi, but he does not reciprocate. The lovers, Gopal and Radha get intimate and later Gopal meets with an accident on a stormy night and loses his memory. The pregnant Radha waits for him. Will Murugan approve of his sister's relationship? Will Gopal regain his memory? Whether Lakshmi wins over Murugan forms the climax.



Kavikuyil was directed by Devaraj–Mohan. The film's story was written by R. Selvaraj while screenplay and dialogues were written by Panchu Arunachalam. The film was produced by Arunachalam's brother Subbu under the production company S. P. T. Films.[4] The film was shot at Chikmagalur in 15 days while climax was shot at Kollimalai.[4]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja,[5] who got established as a leading composer in Tamil cinema with this film.[6] The lyrics of the songs are written by Panchu Arunachalam.[7] The song "Chinna Kannan Azhaikkiraan", set in Reetigowla raga, became popular.[8][9] The flute portions in this song were performed by Sudhakar.[10] Playback singer Sujatha Mohan made her Tamil debut with the song "Kaadhal Oviyam Kandaen", set to Hamir Kalyani raga.[11][12]

Track listing
1."Chinna Kannan Azhaikkiraan" (male)M. Balamuralikrishna03:48
2."Chinna Kannan Azhaikkiraan" (female)S. Janaki04:27
3."Kadhal Oviyam"Sujatha Mohan04:08
4."Kuyile Kavikuyile"S. Janaki05:32
5."Udhayam Varugindradhe"G. K. Venkatesh, S. Janaki04:21
6."Maanodum Paathayile"P. Susheela03:34
7."Aayiram Kodi"M. Balamuralikrishna04:12
Total length:30:02


Ananda Vikatan rated the film 36 out of 100.[13] The film failed at the box-office, and Sivakumar felt mixing divine elements in the story of a musician did not work well among audience.[4][14]


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  9. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 126.
  10. ^ Kolappan, B. (28 March 2023). "Flautist Sudhakar, who collaborated with Ilaiyaraaja on many memorable songs, no more". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 18 November 2023. Retrieved 5 January 2024.
  11. ^ Paitandy, Priyadarshini (13 August 2010). "On the same wavelength". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 28 May 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  12. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 134.
  13. ^ "சினிமா விமர்சனம்: கவிக்குயில்". Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). 21 August 1977. Archived from the original on 16 June 2022. Retrieved 4 July 2022.
  14. ^ "சிவகுமார் 101 | 71–80" (PDF). Kalki (in Tamil). 2 September 1979. pp. 16–18. Retrieved 17 January 2024 – via Internet Archive.


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