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Directed byT. R. Ramanna
Produced byT. R. Ramanna
T. R. Rajakumari
Written byVindhan
StarringM. G. Ramachandran
Sivaji Ganesan
B. S. Saroja
T. D. Kusalakumari
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
CinematographyM. A. Rehman
Edited byM. S. Mani
RR Pictures
Release date
26 August 1954

Koondukkili (transl. The Caged Parrot), also spelled as Goondukili,[1] is a 1954 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed and co-produced by T. R. Ramanna. The film stars M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan and B. S. Saroja in the lead roles.


Thangaraj and Jeeva are friends. Thangaraj is married to Mangala and they have a son. Thangaraj goes to jail for a crime committed by Jeeva. Mangala is left with no money or house to live. Jeeva tries to help Mangala with the sinister motive of having a relationship with her. After she repeatedly refuses his attempts to help her, Jeeva starts to sadistically taunt her, finally he wins. Meanwhile, Sokki is in love with Jeeva. Thangaraj is released from prison and saves Mangala from Jeeva.


Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran Thangaraj
Sivaji Ganesan Jeeva/Jeevanandam
B. S. Saroja Mangala
T. D. Kusalakumari Sokki
K. Sarangkapani
Friend Ramasamy
V. M. Ezhumalai
E. R. Sahadevan Sokkalingam
T. P. Muthulakshmi Chinnaiyee
G. Sakunthala
K. S. Angamuthu



This is the unique film where the Tamil megastars, "Puratchi Thalaivar" "Makkal Thilagam" MGR and "Nadigar Thilagam" Sivaji, had acted together.

The story, the screenplay and the dialogues were by Vindhan, a social activist and reformist writer.


The music was composed by K. V. Mahadevan. Lyrics by Mahakavi Bharathiyar, Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass, Vindhan, Ka. Mu. Sheriff & A. Maruthakasi. Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, K. V. Mahadevan, V. N. Sundharam, P. A. Periyanayaki, T. V. Rathinam, Radha Jayalakshmi & K. Rani.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Aanandhamaai Vaazha Vendume on YouTube T. V. Rathinam A. Maruthakasi 03:06
2 Yaar Vanthennai Edhirtthaalum P. A. Periyanayaki Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass 03:00
3 Raatthirikku Boovaavukku Laatteri on YouTube T. M. Soundararajan, K. V. Mahadevan & V. N. Sundharam Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass 02:46
4 Paar En Magale Paar Paar on YouTube Radha Jayalakshmi Vindhan 03:31
5 Solla Vallaayo Kiliye on YouTube T. V. Rathinam Mahakavi Bharathiyar 05:32
6 Vaanga Ellorume Ondraagave on YouTube T. M. Soundararajan, V. N. Sundharam,
Radha Jayalakshmi & K. Rani
Ka. Mu. Sheriff 03:57
7 Konjum Kiliyaana Pennai on YouTube T. M. Soundararajan Vindhan 05:21
8 Kaayaadha Kaanagatthe on YouTube T. M. Soundararajan & V. N. Sundharam Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass 03:20
9 Enakku Theriyala Nijama on YouTube P. A. Periyanayaki Vindhan 02:25


Koondukkili was a commercial failure in its original release, but as it remained the only film in which the two leading stars (MGR and Sivaji Ganesan) acted together, it gained historical reputation over time.[2]


  1. ^ Randor Guy (10 October 2008). "Goondukili 1954". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Sivaji-MGR's film together". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 December 2016.

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