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Kolangal (1995 film)

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Directed byI. V. Sasi
Written byR. N. R. Manohar (dialogues)
Screenplay byI. V. Sasi
Story byHenry
Produced byHenry
CinematographyV. Jayaram
Edited byK. Narayanan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Carolina Films
Release date
  • 15 September 1995 (1995-09-15)
Running time
145 minutes

Kolangal is a 1995 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by I. V. Sasi. The film stars Jayaram and Khushbu. It was released on 15 September 1995.[1] This was Sasi's final Tamil as a director.



Ganga, a Tamil girl who does not know Hindi, looks for her friend Malini in Mumbai. She then meets Bairavan, a Tamil man, who says that he knows Malini and Bairavan then sells Ganga to a brothel. The Tamil Nadu Police raids at the brothel to rescue Tamil women and they save most of them including the innocent Ganga.

Anand, a police officer, is worried about Ganga and she tells him about her past. After Ganga's father died, Ganga lived in her sister's house but her brother-in-law tried to rape her. She left the house and decided to go to Mumbai. So, Anand drops Ganga in her sister's house and to Anand's surprise, her angry brother-in-law beat her in front of him. Anand intervenes and saves her. Anand secretly marries her.

Anand's family is a traditional Hindu joint family and they all live in a bungalow. He has a widowed mother Karpagam, a bachelor uncle Sundarapandi, an elder brother Shankar and a sister-in-law Archana who have two children, a little brother Vijay who loves Sangeetha and a little sister Uma who loves Rajesh. Everybody blesses the young couple except Archana who wanted Anand to marry her sister Anjali. Soon, Bairavan surfaces and begins to blackmail Anand. Anand manages it intelligently but his family finds out that Ganga was in a brothel. It leads the entire family into a trauma. What transpires later forms the crux of the story.





The film was initially set to be directed by Bharathan, who was later replaced by I. V. Sasi. During production, reports emerged that Sasi was to be replaced by Pratap Pothen and that Arvind Swamy was set to join the cast, but no changes were made.[2][3]



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics written by Vaali.[4]

Song Singer(s) Duration
"Mouna Raagam" S. Janaki 5:16
"Nethu Paathaale" Mano, S. Janaki 7:01
"Oru Koottil" Mano, Lekha 5:10
"Tamizhan Padaichu" Mano, K. S. Chithra 5:04
"Therke Veesum" Arunmozhi, Lekha 5:47
"Ullaasa Poongathre" K. S. Chithra 4:54



Thulasi of Kalki praised the film for its story, simple and natural dialogues, lively characters and cinematography.[5] D. S. Ramanujam of The Hindu wrote, "The seasoned director I.V. Sasi resorts to oft-repeated situations in the first portion where the heroine meets hostile elements in the house. Kushbu and Jairam, teamed again, carry much of the acting burden, Kushbu shedding copious tears most times and Jairam taking a mighty swing at the yellow journalism, the dialogue of R.N.R. Manohar being biting and full of vigour here".[6] The film won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Second Best Film, and Khushbu won for Best Actress.[7]


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  3. ^ யுவராஜ், லாவண்யா (15 September 2022). "Kolangal Movie: ரகசிய திருமணத்தால் ஜெயராம் - குஷ்பூ பட்ட பாடு... 'கோலங்கள்' 27 ஆண்டுகள்!". ABP Nadu (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 15 September 2022. Retrieved 24 May 2023.
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  5. ^ துளசி (8 October 1995). "கோலங்கள்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 64. Archived from the original on 23 May 2023. Retrieved 23 May 2023 – via Internet Archive.
  6. ^ Ramanujam, D. S. (29 September 1995). "Cinema: Kolangal". The Hindu. p. 27. Archived from the original on 22 December 1996. Retrieved 7 July 2023.
  7. ^ "TAMIL CINEMA | I997-- YEAR HIGHLIGHTS". Dinakaran. Archived from the original on 1 May 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2024.