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Kizhakkum Merkkum

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Kizhakkum Merkkum
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Directed byKalanjiyam
Written byKalanjiyam
Produced byAmudha Durairaj
CinematographyK. V. Mani
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Deivanai Movies
Release date
  • 14 January 1998 (1998-01-14)
Running time
161 minutes

Kizhakkum Merkkum (pronounced [kiɻakkːum meːrkkːum] transl. East and West) is a 1998 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Kalanjiyam. The film stars Napoleon, Nassar, Devayani and Geetha, with Manivannan, Thalaivasal Vijay, Vichithra, Theni Kunjarammal, Kalyanjiyam, and Chaplin Balu playing supporting roles. It was released on 14 January 1998.[1][2]


Suryamurthy (Napoleon) and Thillai (Geetha) are siblings. They were expelled from their home by their stepmother Chinnamma (Theni Kunjarammal) at a young age. The siblings worked hard to come up in life.

Many years later, Suryamurthy looks for a groom for his sister and finds Kathalingam (Nassar), who is from another village. So Suryamurthy inquires the villagers about Kathalingam's character, and everyone praised Kathalingam, but they lied. Kathalingam is actually a bad person and drunkard, and he has an affair with the village belle Valli (Vichithra). Without knowing the truth, Kathalingam and Thillai get married. Finally, Thillai and Suryamurthy realise that Kathalingam is a bad person, but it was too late.

In the meantime, Suryamurthy and Kathalingam's sister Mallika (Devayani) fall in love with each other; however, Thillai warns him about the consequence of this love on her married life. After a misunderstanding, Mallika begins to hate the honest Suryamurthy. When Kathalingam prepares the wedding between Mallika and a well-educated groom, the wedding is cancelled. The groom's family refuses to marry the bride, who had an affair with Suryamurthy. Kathalingam gets angry and brutally beats Thillai in front of her brother. Suryamurthy begs him to leave her in peace, but Kathalingam refuses, and Suryamurthy is forced to beat Kathalingam in turn. Suryamurthy cannot bear the pain endured by his sister and kidnaps Mallika to stop this cruelty. Kathalingam decides to live with Valli. What transpires next forms the rest of the story.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3][4]

Song Singer(s) Lyrics Duration
"Akka Nee Sirichcha" Bhavatharini Vaasan 5:03
"Kathunkuyilae" Sadhana Sargam Arivumathi 4:53
"Koodapporantha" Ilaiyaraaja Vaasan 5:05
"Oru Katthirikka" Ilaiyaraaja Palani Bharathi 5:05
"Poo Nilavondru" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 5:15
"Poongaatrae" Bhavatharini Arivumathi 4:44
"Vayasupulla" Sadhana Sargam 5:25
"Yennoda Ulagam" Ilaiyaraaja Vaasan 5:08


D. S. Ramanujam of The Hindu wrote, "Much of the director's work gets solid support from the camera of K. V. Mani, the unusual choice of the village landscape, the greenery and flower fields adding lustre to the artistes' efforts". He added, "For Napoleon, playing the orphaned younger brother Suryamurthy is a tall order no doubt. He is good in delivering long lines but the amount of emotional content in them not being fully brought out in his essay, the crying scenes not being his forte".[5] The film won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film Portraying Woman in Good Light, and Arivumathi won for Best Lyricist.[6] Two years after release, the producers were given a 5 lakh (equivalent to 21 lakh or US$25,000 in 2023) subsidy by the Tamil Nadu government along with several other films.[7]


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  2. ^ "Kilakkum Merkkum (Tamil)". actornepoleon.com. Archived from the original on 10 May 2023. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  3. ^ "Kizhakkum Merkkum (1997)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 28 May 2023. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  4. ^ "Kizhakkum Merkkum". AVDigital. Archived from the original on 28 May 2023. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  5. ^ Ramanujam, D. S. (16 January 1998). "Film Reviews: Kizhakkum Merkkum/Speed 2/Chachi 420". The Hindu. p. 26. Archived from the original on 18 January 1998. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  6. ^ "Film awards announced". The Hindu. 18 July 2000. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  7. ^ Mass Media in India. Publications Division. 2001. p. 181. ISBN 9788123009421. Retrieved 29 June 2023.

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