Koyil Kaalai

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Koyil Kaalai
Title card
Directed byGangai Amaran
Screenplay byGangai Amaran
Story byR. Selvaraj
Produced byGangai Amaran
CinematographyA. Sabapathy
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Amma's Pictures
Release date
  • 14 January 1993 (1993-01-14)
Running time
135 minutes

Koyil Kaalai (transl. Temple Bull) is a 1993 Indian Tamil-language action drama film, co-produced and directed by Gangai Amaran. The film stars Vijayakanth, Kanaka, Sujatha and Veera Pandiyan. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja who co-produced the film. It was released on 14 January 1993, during Pongal.[1][2]


Abandoned on the temple doorstep, Uppili grows up to be a sort of caretaker of the temple premises, doing odd jobs. His attitude often brings him into conflict with a moneyed-man Sundaralingam who tries to misuse temple lands leased out to him. Enters Arasayi, the fire-spitting lass who ends up marrying Uppili. She is daughter of the very man Murugesan whom Uppili caught red-handed stealing temple jewels. While facts distorted, Arasayi believes Uppili to be the culprit and had come with the intention of having her revenge. However, matters get sorted out and all ends well with the villain getting his due. There is also thrack of Maragathammal who looks after three temple accounts, her dumb daughter Usha, her scraps with Sundaralingam, and Uppili timely help.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3][4] The song "Thaayundu Thanthai" is set in Mayamalavagowla raga.[5][6]

Song Singers Lyrics Length
"Thavamirunthu" Chorus Gangai Amaran 04:19
"Vanna Chintu" Mano, S. Janaki 05:01
"Aariraaro" Mano 01:33
"Thaayundu Thanthai" Ilaiyaraaja Ilaiyaraaja 05:00
"Pallikoodam" S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Gangai Amaran 04:56
"Pallikoodam" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 00:48
"Sola Kiligal" S. Janaki, Mano 04:59
"Thaayundu Thantai" Gangai Amaran Ilaiyaraaja 05:00
"Adi Maana Madhuraiyile" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Gangai Amaran 05:00


The Indian Express wrote, "The film with screenplay-direction by Gangai Amaran has nothing new by way of story or narration".[7] R. P. R. of Kalki criticised the film for its tiring plot, rotten sequences, lack of thrilling twists and three-to-four endings, adding that had the director applied his mind he would have at least made a perfect devotional film.[8]


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  2. ^ "நட்சத்திர படப் பட்டியல்". Cinema Express (in Tamil). 1 December 2002. pp. 41–43. Archived from the original on 2 February 2024. Retrieved 2 February 2024.
  3. ^ "Koyil Kaalai". JioSaavn. 14 January 1993. Archived from the original on 1 November 2022. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Koyil Kaalai Tamil FIlm Audio Cassette by Ilayaraaja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 28 March 2022. Retrieved 10 October 2023.
  5. ^ ஜி.ராமானுஜன், டாக்டர் (1 June 2018). "ராக யாத்திரை 07: மாரியம்மனும் மரிக்கொழுந்தும்". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 27 February 2024. Retrieved 27 February 2024.
  6. ^ Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. p. 161. OCLC 295034757.
  7. ^ Mannath, Malini (17 January 1993). "Old stuff". The Indian Express. p. 7. Retrieved 19 January 2019 – via Google News Archive.
  8. ^ ஆர்.பி.ஆர். (14 February 1993). "கோயில் காலை". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 30. Archived from the original on 11 February 2023. Retrieved 2 December 2022 – via Internet Archive.

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