Koyil Kaalai

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

Koyil Kaalai (transl. Temple Bull) is a 1993 Tamil-language drama film, co-produced and directed by Gangai Amaran. The film stars Vijayakanth in the lead role, along with Kanaka, Sujatha and Veera Pandiyan in pivotal roles. The film had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja who also co-produced the film.[1] It was later dubbed in Telugu as Maa Voori Maaraju.[2]


Abandoned on the temple doorstep, Uppili (Vijayakanth) 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 (Veera Pandiyan) who tries to misuse temple lands leased out to him. Enters Arasayi (Kanaka), the fire-spitting lass who ends up marrying Uppili. She is daughter of the very man Murugesan (Shanmugasundaram) 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 (Sujatha) who looks after three temple accounts, her dumb daughter Usha (Yuvarani), her scraps with Sundaralingam, and Uppili timely help.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Thavamirunthu" Chorus Gangai Amaran 04:19
2 "Vanna Chintu" Mano, S. Janaki Gangai Amaran 05:01
3 "Aariraaro" Mano Gangai Amaran 01:33
4 "Thaayundu Thanthai" Ilaiyaraaja Ilaiyaraaja 05:00
5 "Pallikoodam" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Gangai Amaran 00:48
6 "Pallikoodam" S. Janaki Gangai Amaran 04:56
7 "Sola Kiligal" Mano, S. Janaki Gangai Amaran 04:59
8 "Thaayundu Thantai" Gangai Amaran Ilaiyaraaja 05:00
9 "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".[4]


  1. ^ "Koyil Kaalai". spicyonion.com. Retrieved 19 September 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4krIQ_Uys8o
  3. ^ "Kovil Kaalai Songs". raaga.com. Retrieved 19 September 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Mannath, Malini (17 January 1993). "Old stuff". The Indian Express. p. 7.

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