Koondukkili

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Koondukkili
Koondukkili.jpg
கூண்டுக்கிளி
Directed by T. R. Ramanna
Produced by T. R. Ramanna
T. R. Rajakumari
Written by Vindhan
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
Sivaji Ganesan
B. S. Saroja
T. D. Kuchalakumari
Music by K. V. Mahadevan
Cinematography M. A. Rehman
Edited by M. S. Mani
Production
company
RR Pictures
Distributed by RR Pictures
Release date
26 August 1954
Country India
Language Tamil

Koondukkili (English: The Caged Parrot), also spelled as Goondukili,[1] is a 1954 Indian Tamil-language romance 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.

Plot[edit]

In the Tamil Country of the 50s...

Thangaraj (MGR) and Jeeva (Sivaji Ganesan) are friends.

Thangaraj (MGR) is married to Mangala (B. S. Saroja) and they have a son.

Thangaraj goes to jail for a mistake committed by Jeeva.

Mangala is left with no money or house to live.

Jeeva tries to help her but he has his sinister motive, to have a relationship with Mangala.

After she repeatedly refuses his attempts to help her, Jeeva starts to sadisticially taunt her.

Meanwhile, Sokki (T. D. Kuchalakumari) is in love with Jeeva.

Thangaraj gets released and saves Mangala from Jeeva.

KOONDUKKILI deals with the issues of poverty, greed, abuse of women and the poor.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran as Thangaraj
Sivaji Ganesan as Jeeva
B. S. Saroja as Mangala
T. D. Kuchalakumari as Sokki
K. Sarangkapani as
Friend Ramasamy as
V. M. Ezhumalai as
E. R. Sahadevan as
K. Balaji as
T. P. Muthulakshmi as
G. Sakunthala as
K. S. Angamuthu as

Crew[edit]

Production[edit]

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 popular social activist and reformist writer who in the path of the activist and reformist who had existed in literary and political world in Tamil Nadu for many decades prior. He is one of them who entered the film industry starting the late 1940s where they found voice for their ideas and a means to communicate to the masses easily.

Soundtrack[edit]

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

Reception[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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